Azores: Culture and Arts
Europe's Best Kept Secret
Most people visit the Azores for its unspoiled nature and beautiful scenery, but that doesn’t mean that the Azores aren’t a good culture and arts holiday destination. In fact, the city of Angra do Heroísmo, on the island of Terceira, is a UNESCO heritage patrimony city and is the oldest town on the Azores, dating from as far back as 1534. Cultural and artistic landmarks include the square in Angra and the 17th century Palace of the Bettencourts. Touradas, like the traditional “running of the bulls” in Pamplona, are popular traditional Azorean spectacles. The Azores are also a place where many cultural festivals are held year-round including religious processions, traditional Carnival masquerades and São Jorge Cultural Week.