Graciosa

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Introduction

Graciosa Island is referred to as the White Island, the northernmost of the Central Group of islands in the Azores.

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Geography

The ovular Portuguese island has an area of 60.65 km², a length of 10 kilometres and a width of 7 kilometres. It is a volcanic island, dominated by a 1.6-kilometre wide central caldera located in the southeast. The coast is rough and rocky but generally low, except in the northwest along the Serra Branca (where the cliffs are 200 meters high). There are two shallow bays, situated in the southeast and southwest corresponding to fishing ports in Vila da Praia and Folga, respectively. Along the northeast coast there are several smaller coves near Santa Cruz da Graciosa that were used as ports but are now abandoned, and the older whale and commercial port in Barra, now used as a recreational zone.

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Weather

Graciosa has a very pleasant and moderate climate with hot weather or frosts (apart from the highest areas) almost unheard of. In general average summer temperatures (June-September) are around 24 °C to 26 °C during the day and 16 °C to 18 °C at night. In winter, daytime temperatures still average 16 °C to 18 °C degrees and rarely drop below 10 °C at night in most places. Rainfall is spread out evenly throughout the year, although the summer period of May to September is drier with average monthly rainfall of about 40 to 50 mm. During the wintermonths of November to March, 100 mm or more is normal.

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Getting There

By Plane

SATA Air Açores flies to/from Ponta Delgada and Terceira

By Boat

Atlanticoline serves the island in summer from Terceira and São Jorge. It also connects to the islands of Pico and Faial, with the possibility of a weekly nightly connection onwards to Flores.

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Getting Around

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