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From Angra do Heroísmo: Terceira Island Full-Day Tour

1. From Angra do Heroísmo: Terceira Island Full-Day Tour

Start the tour by visiting Monte Brasil, where you can see the Fortress of São João Baptista, built by the Spanish after their arrival in 1583. Enjoy fantastic views of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Angra do Heroísmo. Proceed along the southeast of Terceira Island towards the villages of Ribeirinha, Feteira, and São Sebastião. See beautiful natural landmarks such as Ilhéus das Cabras and Baía da Salga, culminating in a visit to the island's oldest church. Next, stop at Serra do Cume, a viewpoint located in Terceira's largest "caldeira". Observe the vast expanse of agricultural fields spread out the island. Then, enjoy some free time for lunch in the charming town of Praia da Vitória. In the afternoon continue along the northern coast of the island and visit the Biscoitos Natural Swimming Pools. Have an optional visit to Algar do Carvão, an empty volcanic chimney, that should take about 30-40 minutes (ticket not included). In the return to your hotel, don't miss more outstanding beauty of the central part of the island. Among other things, you can see the brave bulls in their natural habitat.

Ilha Terceira Airport Transfer

2. Ilha Terceira Airport Transfer

Book your transfer for when you arrive on Terceira Island and be received by a professional driver that will accompany you to your hotel or accommodation. If you are a visitor, you will be received with a smile and be given information about the island, as well as maps and other useful information. Choose this quality transfer service and be transported in safety and comfort. Choose from a personalized service in a 9-seater minivan with air-conditioning, or for larger groups, a comfortable bus. Enjoy a scenic trip from the airport to the hotel, with a professional driver who will give you suggestions and information on what to visit, where to eat as well as all the attractions and available activities.

Terceira Island: Mistérios Negros Hike

3. Terceira Island: Mistérios Negros Hike

Get back to nature in the volcanic landscapes of Terceira Island on an approximate 2.5-hour hike along the Mistérios Negros trail. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Angra do Heroismo or Praia da Vitória, and then make your way to the start of the trail. Set off on a moderate level circular trek of 5 kilometers to see different landforms created by the ancient lava flows. Encounter small lakes and volcanic domes, along with the Pico Gaspar climb up a volcano that erupted 15,000 years ago. Called Mistérios Negros due to the dark lava rock surrounding the area, the area is not to be missed. Follow the trail through different vegetation, including Japanese cedar, juniper and blueberry plants. Keep a look out for the local birdlife as you fill your lungs with fresh country air.

From Angra do Heroísmo: Full-Day Terceira Island Van Tour

4. From Angra do Heroísmo: Full-Day Terceira Island Van Tour

The tour starts by picking you at your hotel, and make way on to Monte Brasil, wich is a Natural Reservation full of story and has a viewpoint with an amazing view all over the city of Angra do Heroísmo. Then you´ll go all around the East Part of the Islan where you´ll pass on a spot where you´ll see the Goat Islets and then you´ll move on all around the East Part, where you will pass by some amazing natural pools located in Porto Martins. All the East Coast of the island it´s fill with a lot of places with history. Before lunch you´re going to pass on an amazing landscape Miradouro do Facho and the famous miradouro called Serra do Cume, wich is known by the locals as the Patchwork Blanquet, after that you´ll make a lunch break at Praia da Vitória. By the Afternoon you´re going to visit the North part of the island, were you´ll make way until Biscoitos, to see the amazing natural pools and see the local movement. Moving on, you´ll pass on some natural hiden spots and visit Serreta parish untill you get to Queijo Vaquinha where you´ll taste the local cheese. To end the tour, you´ll pass on a fisherman´s village called São Mateus, too see the fishing activity. The tour ends by dropping you again at your hotel.

Angra do Heroísmo: Walking Tour with Local Pasty and Coffee

5. Angra do Heroísmo: Walking Tour with Local Pasty and Coffee

At the selected time, we will meet at Jardim José Agostinho, our (kiosque) to start our guided tour of approximately 3 hours through the capital city of Terceira. Will we take a walking route through the main attractions of this Azorean city, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco? From the kiosk (Jardim José Agostinho) we go up towards the entrance of the city, we will arrive at Alto das covas, then we go in the Duke of Bragança market, we visit the inside of Capitães Generais Palace, which was the former Jesuit college and today houses valuable works of art. We will continue our visit to go inside the Igreja da Misericórdia, which will welcome us with its striking white and blue façade. We will get to know the history of the Paços do Concelho building from the outside and, of course, we go inside the famous church of the Santíssimo Salvador da Sé, the cathedral of Angra do Heroísmo. Stop at a pastry shop where you will have 25 minutes of free time to have a coffee and taste a typical sweet. With our energies recharged, we'll follow the path to the Teatro Angrense, a 19th-century building that houses the island's theater groups and major representations nationwide. Finally, we will visit the Jardim Botanico (Duque da Terceira garden) where we ascend to Alto da Memoria (Memory of D. Pedro IV) A real spectacle.

Terceira Island : Electric Bike Tour Monte Brasil

6. Terceira Island : Electric Bike Tour Monte Brasil

Start with pickup from Angra do Heroísmo. Travel with your guide towards the reserve of Monte Brasil, passing by the historic Fortress of São João Baptista at the entrance.   Ride up to the Peak of the Crosses and ride inside secret spots where only the guide knows about. Get panoramic views of the island, seeing the highest point of the island, the inactive volcano of Santa Bárbara. See the town of Angra do Heroísmo below, and on clear days, the São Jorge and Pico islands off the coast.

Terceira Island : Half-Day Van Tour on the West Coast

7. Terceira Island : Half-Day Van Tour on the West Coast

Discover the West zone of Terceira Island. Admire beautiful landscapes provided by viewpoints spread in several parishes and explore wonderful recreational areas. Start in Angra do Heroísmo, travelling in a comfortable air-conditioned van, passing by and visiting many places along the way. Explore Monte Brasil, bathing area of the Negrito, Church of São Mateus and enjoy cheese tasting in Queijo Vaquinha, from the oldest and most famous cheese factory on the island. Visit Cinco Ribeiras, Church of Santa Bárbara, Império das Doze Ribeiras, Serreta, Mata da Serreta and Biscoitos natural pools.

Dairy farm Visit and Cow Milking Experience in Azores

8. Dairy farm Visit and Cow Milking Experience in Azores

Enjoy this immersive experience with a local guide in the Azores, Portugal. Pet the cows and learn about the milking process. Snap photos of your new Portuguese bovine friends as you sashay around the farmyard. Listen as the farmer explains the details of his activities and daily tasks in the production of organic milk in Portugal/Azores. Hear about the process of conversion and production in organic mode. Then stop by the milk collection and storage station, and learn about its function and characteristics. Snap photos of the local landscape from choice viewpoints. Finally, experience an Azorean cheese and wine tasting in a private home. Gain knowledge about the islands' culture, history, gastronomy, and traditions.

4 Peaks, 4 Vulcanoes

9. 4 Peaks, 4 Vulcanoes

Atention: this tour is only made it with a minimum of 2 persons. Throughout the experience, you will discover Terceira Island and the main volcanic phenomena that have formed the island and are currently the stage for exuberant views, such as Algar do Carvão, the only volcano in the world to be visited on foot. Where the ancient eruptions passed, one of the oldest and last virgin forests of Europe remains, the Laurissilva Forest of Macaronesia, a mysterious humid forest with an abundance of endemic species. This is a search for the greatest treasure left, getting to know one of the largest natural parks in the Azores, which is part of the "Azores Geopark". This tour will be done by van with short walks.

Terceira island: Caves and Craters

10. Terceira island: Caves and Craters

Explore the beauties of Terceira Island, visiting mountains, hills, craters, volcanoes and caves. This tour is in the afternoon, and you are going to visit all the center of Terceira island (places where the public bus doesn't go). Pick-up at your accommodation is at 2:00 p.m. The first place where you are going is to the tallest mountain of the island. From there and depending on the visibility you can see the other island of the Azorean archipelago. Then it's time go visit the first cave (Gruta do Natal = Christmas cave) which is a lava tube. After that you will be amazed with the fumaroles field (Furnas do Enxofre), Algar do Carvão. It's the highlight of the tour, because it's an empty volcano you can go in. Before a cheese tasting, a stop at Serra do Cume for a spectacular view over one of the largest craters ever formed on Terceira island Azores.

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What a wonderful evening with our hosts! If you want to have great conversations, learn new things, eat wonderful food and toast life with good wine, go!

Awesome day with Amalia as a guide, we liked it so much that the next day we returned to repeat some of the places we visited. Highly recommended!

This was a great tour and Carolyn was very knowledgeable and fun to be around. She kept our interest and was great. Highly recommend!

Amélia's punctuality, friendliness, always ready to help and with immense knowledge about the Island. I highly recommend it.

Wonderful experience getting to milk a cow and seeing a glimpse into the life of a dairy farmer.