Praia da Vitória is a young city with an extensive sheltered dune that incorporates one of the most inviting beaches of the Azores. The richness of its’ architectonic patrimony is concentrated in the churches and chapels however some other buildings are also very worthy of mention including:
- The “Matriz” Church, founded by the first donee of the island, Jácome de Bruges, during the 15th century. The main portico of the “Igreja da Matriz”- Santa Cruz Church dates to the 16th century, with the first arched vault in the form of a braided chain. The religious statues are from the 16th and 17th century and include a rare sculpture in ivory. A rare and precious image of the baby Jesus in alabastre is also kept in the vestry.
- The Senhor Santo Cristo Church, a construction which dates to the 16th century, is a less ornate example of a church from that period. Next to the church is the Museum.
- The “Paços do Concelho” (City Hall) is an interesting building with a bell tower and the “Fort de Santa Catarina” (St. Catherine’s Fort) is one of the many structures built to defend the bay.
The Riviera viewpoint at the tip of “Cabo” offers an excellent view overlooking the city and the coast.