Praia da Vitoria is the second city on the Terceira Island of the Azores Archipelago in Portugal. A big reason that this city was developed was because of the American military base. The base was built because during World War II, we needed a place in the middle of the Atlantic to refuel our war planes and ships on the way to Germany. We picked Praia da Vitoria and consequently shaped the development of the city. The city built houses for our troops and prospered commercially. However, there are now only about 800-900 military personnel left on the base.
The bay of Praia da VitoriaThe main street where there are four restaurants in a row. This is as close to a restaurant scene as it gets on Terceira.The best souvenir shop on the island. It’s not bigger than a 10×15 bedroom.The largest beach on TerceiraThe statue of the saint they made up to protect the people during the stormy days
The entrance to the cobblestone part of the town
Empty beachSunset on the beach
It’s a nice city but a little boring in comparison to Angra do Heroismo. I guess that’s what happens when the American culture invaded Europe.
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Praia da Vitoria on the Terceira Island of the Azores Archipelago, Portugal