Santa Cruz Da Graciosa trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Santa Cruz Da Graciosa

(4.7/5 based on 60+ reviews for 1 attraction)
Things to do: nature
Santa Cruz da Graciosa is a Portuguese municipality on the island of Graciosa, in the archipelago of the Azores. The population in 2011 was 4,391, in an area of 60.66 km². It includes four local parishes and one municipal government structure, which administers the entire island.HistoryWhile the date of its first discovery is uncertain, it is known that its first settlers arrived from the island of Terceira around 1450. One of the first settlers was Vasco Gil Sodre.The early settlement was primarily agrarian, but by 1486 its population had grown sufficiently to warrant the founding of the vila (or town) of Santa Cruz in 1486, while Praia lost this role.Between the 16th-17th century, Graciosa was regularly attacked by pirates and privateers, which obliged the local government to construct fortifications along the island's coast for defense.Over the centuries Santa Cruz was visited by important travellers. The Jesuit António Vieira, who stopped in the village after a shipwreck while returning to Lisbon from Brazil. Later the French writer Chateaubrian, in 1791, whilst fleeing the horrors of the French Revolution stopped in Graciosa en route to America. In 1814, a young Almeida Garret wrote some of his first verses, already a revelation of his budding talents. Finally, in 1879, Prince Albert of Monaco, notable for his oceanographic and maritime studies, stopped in Graciosa and visited Furna do Enxofre. He was one of the first to descend the volcanic chamber using a rope ladder.The construction of the port in Praia, and the northern aerodrome, were important in breaking the island's isolation and concentration on agriculture.
Plan your tour of Santa Cruz Da Graciosa and Portugal travel itinerary using our Portugal trip generator.
Source

Plan your trip to Santa Cruz Da Graciosa

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Best things to do in Santa Cruz Da Graciosa

See this by visiting one of the destinations below

Why?
Some destinations do not have accommodations and require staying in a nearby city. Here are places you can stay:
Nature, historic sites, adventure
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Nature, sightseeing, museums
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Sightseeing, adventure
Visit for: 3 daysStart a plan »
Visit for: 1 dayStart a plan »
Nature
Visit for: 1 dayStart a plan »

Recently planned trips to Azores

16 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Azores BY A USER FROM HUNGARY February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Ponta Delgada BY A USER FROM HUNGARY February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Ponta Delgada BY A USER FROM HUNGARY May, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar BY A USER FROM ITALY June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Azores BY A USER FROM SLOVAKIA July, culture, outdoors, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA January, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 28 days in Europe BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Sao Jorge BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM GERMANY December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Madeira & Azores BY A USER FROM ITALY August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM ITALY August, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans

Inspirock Trip Planner in the News