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Welcome to São Mateus da Calheta

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Hidden : 08/20/2013
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WELCOME TO SÃO MATEUS DA CALHETA

São Mateus da Calheta é uma freguesia rural e piscatória que dista cerca de 4 km da cidade de Angra do Heroísmo e ocupa cerca de 4,5 km da zona litoral sul da ilha.

É de superfície plana, com um clima aprazível, e relativamente pequena (a segunda mais pequena do concelho), mas tem uma densidade populacional significativa comparada com as restantes freguesias do concelho.

São Mateus faz parte dos principais itinerários turísticos do concelho de Angra, pois tem grandes potencialidades!

Por se situar junto ao mar oferece excelentes zonas balneares, como é o caso do Negrito, mas muito há para se ver, desde uma imponente igreja paroquial, cujo Orago é São Mateus, diversas ermidas, dois impérios, vários fortes, museus, campo de jogos e clube de ténis, filarmónica local, Junta de freguesia, Casa do Povo, cafés e snack-bares, lojas de comércio, gelataria, casas senhoriais de encantar e o tão célebre porto, que é o maior porto de pesca artesanal da ilha e traduz a essência de São Mateus, pois esta é por excelência uma freguesia piscatória.

Para além disso, São Mateus possui restaurantes de primeira, com deliciosos pratos de peixe e marisco, e todas as acessibilidades necessárias (correio, farmácia, banco, multibanco, fotógrafo, paragens de autocarro, etc.)

Por isso, venha conhecer esta freguesia!

Pode instalar-se comodamente numa casa de turismo rural, na Pousada da Juventude ou se preferir numa simples hospedaria.


Visite o website da Junta de Freguesia de S. Mateus da Calheta para mais informações.

São Mateus da Calheta is a lively old fishing village where the majority of its inhabitants still live on fishing and cattle raising.

Dominating the pretty village, with its neat houses stretching on a headland, gently sloping down towards the coast, the present parish church was consecrated in the beginning of the 20th century and features the proud number of seven altars as well as 17th-century figures from Saint Matthew and the Virgin Mary. This small town also boasts two Holy Ghost chapels, the Império do Cantinho de São Mateus and the Império do Terreiro, as well as many small chapels within and in the surroundings of the village, which are proof of the exceptional religiousness of the islanders. Only the walls remain of the old parish church dating from the 16th century, idyllically located between the bays of Terreiro and Negrito. For a long time, this was the first church that ships returning from India on their way to Angra saw.

Since the early 16th century, Terceira’s south coast near Angra had been the target of pirate raids, which caused the erection of several forts in the area, many of which have not survived the various earthquakes and sea storms and of some only remains are left. One of those is the Forte Grande de São Mateus, erected in 1581 for the protection of São Mateus harbour, for a long time one of the island’s most important fishing harbours, of which only some wall relics can be seen. Another one, the Forte do Negrito, also dating from 1581, is located in the western part of the village, stretching along the coast, near Porto Negrito, another small fishing port. The remains of the fort, which served its function until the end of the 19th century, are now used by the Museum of Angra do Heroísmo as an exhibition venue, open between May and September, displaying – besides temporary expositions – information related to the island’s whaling history. Since the prohibition of whale fishing, the old whaling factory, also located in the port area, has decayed and today nothing much reminds of the glorious whale fishing times in the 70s of the past century. In the meantime, the quay was transformed into an attractive bathing complex, with rocks forming a beautiful natural pool.

This area boasts many excellent fish restaurants where the catch of the day can be savoured.


Extracted from http://www.azores-islands.info/uk/places/terceira/sao-mateus.html

GEOCACHE

A cache contém apenas logbook e stashnote.

Não tem espaço para trocas.

Trazer material de escrita.

PROTEJA AS ÁRVORES, USE OS DOIS LADOS DO LOGBOOK!!

Cuidado com muggles, seja discreto.

Volte a colocar o contentor na sua posição original.

Não publique fotografias do contentor.

Divirta-se e aproveite para fotografar a belíssima Freguesia e partilhá-la com todos.

The cache contains only logbook and stashnote.

No room for exchanges.

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Have fun and enjoy to photograph the beautiful Town and share it with everyone.



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