The global organisation UNESCO is currently protecting two of our beautiful treasures, highlighted as World Heritage Sites. Those include the historic center of Angra do Heroísmo in Terceira island, which is a true gem with forts, baroque cathedrals, churches and well preserved 16th and 17th century buildings. The other protected area is obviously the authentic volcanic vineyards of Pico Island. They are unlike any other on the planet. The black volcanic rock forms a maze, protecting the vines. It is a peculiar method of cultivation, and very artistic to see.