Terceira is part of the central group of islands that make up the Azores, home to a patchwork countryside of walled-off fields and vineyards, lovely little villages and a rugged volcanic centre. The main town of Angrado Heroismo, with its historic cobbled streets and grand townhouses, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a great view of Monte Brasil, a once prosperous trading centre, across the harbour.
Terceira is a great choice for active visitors. It easily caters to all interests from golf, walking, cycling, hiking and swimming in natural rock pools. Time your trip right and you could attend one of the colourful religious festivals held at any of the sixty-eight 19th-century ‘Impérios’, (small chapels of the Holy Spirit), which are scattered throughout the island. Tear yourself away from the stunning coastline and head inland to the wilds of Terra Brava, where the remoteness and lushness of the volcanic landscape is simply amazing. Natal Caves and Algar do Carvão considered a geological Nature Reserve is formed by caves of up 100 metres in depth, with majestic stalactites and stalagmites and inner lake. Praia da Vitoria, to the east, with its sandy beach is a charming small town. Inland, the views from the 500-metre-high point of the Serra do Cume are quite breath-taking. The landscape below resembles a gigantic quilt made up of green pastures separated by black volcanic stone walls,