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Terceira: Algar do Carvão Lava Caves Tour

1. 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 do Heroísmo: Terceira Island Full-Day Tour

2. 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.

From Angra: Terceira Island Full-Day 4x4 Tour

3. From Angra: Terceira Island Full-Day 4x4 Tour

Discover the best of Terceira Island on a guided full-day trip from Angra do Heroísmo. Get picked up and dropped off from your hotel in Angra. The first stop is Monte Brasil, where you can see Angra do Heroísmo from above. Go for a short drive through the city, and then along the southeast coast to the village of Ribeirinha where you can admire panoramic views. Go offroad as you explore the villages of Agualva and Biscoitos, and observe wild bulls in their natural habitat as well as a diverse array of native flora. Have a short break for lunch, then continue on to discover inactive volcanic tubes and chimneys including Algar do Carvao and Christmas cave, which you can see from the inside. Finish the tour with a visit to Queijo Vaquinha Cheese Factory and the Fishing Port of São Mateus village, before being dropped back off at your hotel.

Electric Bike Tour Monte Brasil

4. Electric Bike Tour Monte Brasil

Start with pickup from your hotel Praia da Vitória or 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: Full-Day Highlights Tour

5. Terceira: 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.

Terceira Azores: Caves and Craters

6. 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.

Angra do Heroísmo: Terceira Island Half-Day Tour

7. 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.

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.

Terceira Island: Mistérios Negros Hike

9. 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.

Angra do Heroismo: UNESCO City Walking Tour

10. Angra do Heroismo: UNESCO City Walking Tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage City of Anga do Heroismo on a 3-hour guided tour. Located on Terceira Island, this historically important city is full of period churches, palaces, and forts. After a hotel pickup within the city at 9:15 AM, your guide will take you on a walking tour that focuses on the city's history, urbanization, and architecture.   Among other highlights, you’ll visit the Angra do Heroismo Museum, where you can explore exhibitions about navigation, settlers, volcanology, religion, Azorean history, and culture. Visit the Duke of Terceira Botanical Garden, full of classic gardens emblematic of the city’s Romantic period. See the 19th-century Town Hall Building, as well as the 16th-century Sé Cathedral, which is full of historic artifacts.   During your tour, you’ll stop off at a local café to try some traditional cakes and relax with a coffee.

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What people are saying about Angra do Heroísmo

We didn't have the possibility of renting a car, so we decided for this tour and it was a good decision - the tour was great and our guide Pedro was very nice and shared a lot of history facts, along with some fun facts about the island and the Azores in general! We had enough time in every stop to take pictures and enjoy the sights and Pedro answered all of our questions regarding our stay, definitely would recommend to take this tour.

Enjoyed our day immensely with João as our driver and Pedro as our tour guide, both born and raised on beautiful Terceira. Pedro knew a lot about the island, about nature, history and geology. Not unimportantly, we also had a pleasant day. Because of the Jeep we not only drove on the main road but also the parallel roads. Highly recommended!

A really, really great trip. Stunning views from the crater rim and lots of great stops in between at the Lagoon. The route is partly paved, most of the routes are off-road uphill and downhill! Perfect for the quads The views are simply fantastic and the trip is totally worth it! With Luis we had a very charming and humorous guide!

We had a wonderful tour of the caves. Extremely interesting and informational. Our guide certainly has the Azorian hospitality.

The trip was fantastic and we are very grateful to our guide António who was very patient and always very helpful. Thank you