Terceira
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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 during their conquest of the Azores. 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 Serra da Ribeirinha and the Ilhéus das Cabras, 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. Enjoy some free time in the charming town of Praia da Vitória. 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, and Gruta do Natal (lava tube) which take about 30-40 minutes each. The tour is concluded by visiting the Queijo Vaquinha Cheese Factory and São Mateus Fishing Port with drop-off back at your accommodation.

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Terceira Island: Walking Trails Hiking Tour

2. Terceira Island: Walking Trails Hiking Tour

Terceira offers a varied range of hiking options, from the forested hills in the center to the lava fields along the north coast. The rural center of the island is fun for hiking too, with the 1,000-meter-high volcano of Lagoa Negra being covered in forests. Like the other Azores, there are many birds, flowers, and exotic plants in this region. These are all enchanting, even those which are not endemic to these islands. Your guide will take you through the best sites on these trails, and when possible will also explain to you some of the local vegetation and its impact on nature. You will have all of the best breathtaking views pointed out to you, some of which you might not have noticed on your own.

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West Coast: Half-Day Van Tour from Angra do Heroismo

3. West Coast: Half-Day Van Tour from Angra do Heroismo

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 Porto das Cinco Ribeiras, Church of Santa Bárbara, Império das Doze Ribeiras, Miradouro da Ponta do Queimado, Mata da Serreta, Mata da Serreta Viewpoint and Biscoitos Bathing Area.

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Angra do Heroísmo: Terceira Island Half-Day Tour

4. Angra do Heroísmo: Terceira Island Half-Day Tour

Explore all the main attractions of Terceira Island on this convenient half-day tour. Marvel at the Azores native vegetation and Terceira Island bulls dotting the nearby agriculture fields. Peek inside the Algar Do Carvão volcano from the Serra do Cume viewpoint. See the volcanic-formed swimming pools of Biscoitos. Enjoy the convenience of a pickup from the city of Angra do Heroísmo. Start the tour with a visit to Monte Brasil. Observe the UNESCO World Heritage City of Angra do Heroísmo from above. Enjoy a full view of the city, the mountains and surrounding villages. After a short drive through the city, continue along the southeastern shore of the island. Pass by the villages of Ribeirinha, Feteira, Porto Judeu and São Sebastião. See all the focal attractions along the way, such as the Goat's Islets and the oldest church in Terceira. Move to your next stop, Serra do Cume. Admire the island's oldest and largest Caldeira and colorful countryside. This viewpoint in the mountain range of Serra do Cume overlooks the patchwork of green pastures, forming "The Stitch Blanket". Pay a short visit to Praia da Vitória, its historical center. Finally, make a stop in the village of Biscoitos to see vineyards. Appreciate the waves in natural swimming pools, located in the northernmost part of the island. At the end of the tour, get dropped off to your accommodation, or any other place in Angra do Heroísmo.

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Terceira: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour

5. Terceira: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour

Experience the natural attractions of Terceira island on this private full-day tour. Visit the various viewpoints, peaks, mountains and volcanoes and marvel at the ever-changing landscape. Get recommendations on dining and where to buy local products. Discover the many natural pools and beaches and stop to take a dip. Drive to fishing ports and hear the fascinating whaling stories. Snap photos of the fortresses and lighthouses that decorate the island. Admire the volcanic caves and fumaroles. Watch the landscape change to delightful greens, woods, and endless pastures where cows, and wild cattle are abundant. Witness pastoral scenes of farmers taking care of the animals. See where volcanic wine is produced. Learn about the culture and traditions from a local. Hear about Divino Espírito Santo festivities, traditional street bullfights, and the unique way of experiencing carnival, as well as the typical summer festivals.

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Terceira Island: 8-Hour Wine and Moonshine Tour

6. Terceira Island: 8-Hour Wine and Moonshine Tour

After pick-up from your accommodation on Terceira your guide will take you to see the major sightseeing spots in the island as well as a series of lesser known spots off the beaten track. Enjoy an outdoor BBQ lunch with local foods, cheeses, breads, wines and moonshines as well as a visit to a winery where you will taste other local wines and moonshines. Other stops introduce you to further local delicacies. The tour continues with the interior of the Island, on this tour you not only taste our foods, wines, moonshines, but you also get to see a great deal of the island from a different perspective. End the tour conveniently back at your accomodation.

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Terceira: Azores Half Day Hike

7. Terceira: Azores Half Day Hike

This is the perfect tour for nature lovers. It's a hike in a trail located in the north side of Terceira Island, and it's one of the most beautiful hikes in the Island, because of the panoramic views variety. Along the trail and on your right side always ocean view and several bays, and on the same trail at the same time on your left, there're beautiful volcanic landscapes. Average takes 2:30 minutes, lenght 4km, and it's considered an easy trail.

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From Angra: 3-Hour Volcano Tour

8. From Angra: 3-Hour Volcano Tour

Discover the volcanos and volcanic caves of Terceira Island on this geology lover's guided tour. Visit Algar do Carvão, Furnas do Enxofre and Gruta do Natal with an expert guide. Meet your guide and driver for pick-up at your hotel and head to the first stop on the tour — the inactive Algar do Carvão. Visit it from the inside and discover its small lake and fascinating geological formations. Next head to Furnas do Enxofre, a small strip of land with 20 fumaroles expelling white vapor into the air. You'll also see native flora like the Azores juniper and the Azores blueberry. Top off your tour with a visit to Gruta do Natal (Christmas Cave), a system of caves known as a lava tube, full of spectacular volcanic formations.

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Azores: Volcanic Wine and Food Tasting Party

9. Azores: Volcanic Wine and Food Tasting Party

Savor rare volcanic wines which have been produced in a volcanic terroir. Let the rich volcanic flavors that only eight regions in the world can produce linger on your palate. Sample some of the 33 grape varieties that are currently authorized on the Azores with only three of them being autochthonous (verdelho, arinto dos Açores, terrantez do pico). Be welcomed by an authentic Azorean family that will guide you on your wine and food tasting journey in a relaxed party atmosphere. Sit back in the garden, or cozy dining room and imagine the romance of drinking wine grown from molten earth and ash. Experience the intriguing high acidity flavors and character of these wines. Distinguish the salinity, and stony hints in the wine. Satisfy your thirst for new flavors, exotic local varieties, and traditional wine styles.

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Praia da Vitória: Island Dinner Experience with Locals

10. Praia da Vitória: Island Dinner Experience with Locals

Get to know local people and life in Praia da Vitória during a dinner at a private Azorean home and garden. Feel like an Azorean as you immerse yourself in the island and its people. Learn about local culture, traditions, history, and gastronomy from the source. After pickup, get welcomed into the local family’s home. Interact with the family and enjoy drinks and finger food during dinner preparation. Once prepared, enjoy dinner in the shade of the vineyard’s pergola on a pleasant summer afternoon or in a characteristic living room, depending on the weather. Typically, a barbecue is served with local fine meats and sausages accompanied by Portuguese wine (mainland) or Azorean wine. For dessert, savor one of the many typical sweets with coffee or dessert wine. This experience is not just about the food (you can go to a restaurant for that) but is also about the interaction with the locals, the best way to learn about the island’s culture, history, and traditions. 

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What people are saying about Terceira

This was the perfect way to get to know Terceira in little time. The tour covers all major points. We were a little group of 7 people in a mini bus. Our guide Tania was outstanding. She shared a wealth of knowledge about the island's history, nature and sightseeing spots. Thank you Tania and TuriAzores!

Our guide Chris was amazing. She was very knowledgeable and told us a lot of facts about the island. We marked all the main attractions and more. Definitely reccomend!

Nice mellow day. A lot of stops along the way helped us see the entire island from different view points. Very informative and the scenery was beautiful!

Doris was a great guide, we saw a lot of interesting places and we got a lot of information about natural and cultural heritage of Terceira and Azores.

Nice guide!! The poles were of good help. And touching the cows a a good experience for someone from the city!!