Algar do Carvão

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  • Terceira Azores: Caves and Craters

    1. Terceira Azores: 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.

    Our guide Kris was awesome and very knowledgeable about the caves, craters and more. She was super friendly and had a great personality. The cheese tasting at the end was excellent.

  • Terceira: Half-Day Island Tour with Cheese Tasting

    2. Terceira: Half-Day Island Tour with Cheese Tasting

    Meet your driver at your accommodation in Angra do Heriosmo, Praia de Vitoria, or Lajes, and start your half-day tour in an air-conditioned minivan. Explore Algar do Carvão, an empty volcano and its caves with remarkable unique mineralogical characteristics. The 90-meter-deep volcanic chimney formed approximately 3,200 years ago after the magma drained from the main chimney receding to the magma chamber. Next up is Furnas do Enxofre. Walk around a fumaroles field and see sulfur gas coming out from the ground. Contemplate the beautiful natural swimming pool at Biscoitos, surrounded by black lava and with a few colorful fishing boats anchored alongside. Stop for a photo opportunity in Miradouro do Raminho and see 3 islands. Finish a wonderful day with a handmade delicious cheese tasting.

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

    3. 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) w...

    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!

  • Terceira: Algar do Carvão Lava Caves Tour

    4. Terceira: Algar do Carvão Lava Caves Tour

    Get back to nature and visit the extraordinary lava tube of Algar do Carvão inside the caldera of the Guilherme Moniz volcano, 12 kilometers from Angra do Heroísmo. Travel back in time to when a basalt eruption tore a pre-existing lava flow to begin the process that would lead to the formation of a Strombolian volcano with 2 cones. Observe different geological features, including ferrous deposits and silicate stalactites, and appreciate formations that date back to the origins of the cave. Discover a small pond of rare beauty, and gaze in awe as smoke emerges from the ground. Encounter the unique flora and fauna, including birds that seek refuge inside the cave, and diverse plant life that includes species of molds, arthropods, and other groups.

  • From Angra: 3-Hour Volcano Tour

    5. 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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What people are saying about Algar do Carvão

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 26 reviews

It was a unique experience to walk around in an old volcano and marvel at the wonderful appearances of nature. Our guide Patricia sprayed with energy and introduced us to her home with incredible joy. It was just great.

Our guide Kris was awesome and very knowledgeable about the caves, craters and more. She was super friendly and had a great personality. The cheese tasting at the end was excellent.

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.

Outstanding tour! Every aspect was perfect. The volcano experience alone was more than worth it. Highly recommended.