Information about the Azores, Graciosa island and Santa Cruz da Graciosa

The Azores (population 250,000) became an Autonomous Region of Portugal in 1976.

Graciosa Island is the northernmost of the Central Group of islands in the Azores. It is approximately 10 km x 7 km in area.

Graciosa was explored by Portuguese navigators during the first quarter of the 15th Century.

The island is volcanic and its geography is dominated by a 1.6 km wide central caldera.

The population of the island is just less than 5,000 and all inhabitants are considered citizens of the largest town, Santa Cruz da Graciosa.

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The construction of the mid-latitude chain of SuperDARN radars is supported by the National Science Foundation under the Mid-Sized Infrastructure (MSI) program.

from left to right:

Bruno Pacheco – Regional Director for public works, technology and

Simon Shepherd - Dartmouth College P.I.

Victor Fraga - Regional secretary of tourism and transports

Anabela Isidoro - Regional director of forest resources

Manuel Santos – Mayor of Santa Cruz of Graciosa

photos courtesy of the SRTT of Azores Government