Underwater Archaeological Park of the Bay of Angra do Heroísmo (Terceira Island)
The city of Angra do Heroísmo is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a strategic trading post between Europe, Africa and Asia, and the historical legacy of the city is present both above and below the waterline, where you can find the second largest number of shipwrecks from the Age of Discoveries. The Underwater Archaeological Park of the Bay of Angra do Heroísmo is a true underwater museum with more than 40 ancient anchors, sometimes over 3 metres long and from many centuries ago, littered across the ocean floor.
Another dive site with archaeological interest lies only 100 metres away from the ‘Cemetery of Anchors’; the steamer ‘Lidador’ was wrecked here on its way to Brazil in 1878. It rests at a depth of just 10 metres and is a fantastic breeding ground for small marine species.