Gilroy Sister Cities Association
 The nine islands of the Azores are located 1,000 miles west of Portugal and 2,500 miles east of America. Angra do Heroismo is located on the Island of Terceira, which is the second most populated of the islands that make the Azores archipelago. Angra was settled beginning in 1430, quickly becoming an important commercial trading center due to its natural harbor. Angra was granted City status in 1534 and served as a port of call for ships sailing to and from the Americas, Africa and India. Angra is located on the southern edge of Terceira Island and was once the capital city of the Azores. Due to its architectural and cultural importance, the City was designated a World Heritage Site in 1983. Terceira is known as The Island of Never-Ending Festivals, and during the summer months you are almost guaranteed the chance to enjoy one! Popular summer events are bullfights in the Azorean style as well as bull-running in the streets where, although the bulls are seldom injured, the local young men do not always get off so lightly. Angra do Heroismo became a Sister City of Gilroy on January 20, 2004.
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Gilroy Sister Cities Association
 The nine islands of the Azores are located 1,000 miles west of Portugal and 2,500 miles east of America. Angra do Heroismo is located on the Island of Terceira, which is the second most populated of the islands that make the Azores archipelago. Angra was settled beginning in 1430, quickly becoming an important commercial trading center due to its natural harbor. Angra was granted City status in 1534 and served as a port of call for ships sailing to and from the Americas, Africa and India. Angra is located on the southern edge of Terceira Island and was once the capital city of the Azores. Due to its architectural and cultural importance, the City was designated a World Heritage Site in 1983. Terceira is known as The Island of Never-Ending Festivals, and during the summer months you are almost guaranteed the chance to enjoy one! Popular summer events are bullfights in the Azorean style as well as bull-running in the streets where, although the bulls are seldom injured, the local young men do not always get off so lightly. Angra do Heroismo became a Sister City of Gilroy on January 20, 2004.