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Terceira: Half-Day Island Tour with Cheese Tasting

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

Meet your driver at your accommodation in Angra do Heroísmo, Praia da 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.

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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.

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Terceira Island Whale Watching and Jeep Tour

3. Terceira Island Whale Watching and Jeep Tour

Observe magnificent whales in their natural habitat before exploring Terceira Island, either in a shared tour or with your own private group. This trip is made more comfortable by traveling in jeeps that are perfect for taking you off the beaten track so you can see the very best of what the island has to offer. This tour is ideal for those who want a bit of island exploration in the most radical way. Routes are taken along secondary roads, which are not part of usual tourist itineraries. They are narrow, beaten paths and used mostly by farmers - you'll get to see the real Terceira. The roads are lined either by blue hydrangeas (hortensia), large trees or rough walls of basaltic stone. They lead to breathtaking views and you should take the time to stop along the way, step out of the jeep and take a closer look at all the magical nature that surrounds you.

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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.

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

5. 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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Terceira: E-Bike Monte Brasil Tour

6. Terceira: E-Bike Monte Brasil Tour

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.

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From Angra: Terceira Island Full-Day 4x4 Tour

7. 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.

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Angra do Heroísmo: Terceira Island Half-Day Tour

8. 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

9. 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: Full-Day Mud Adventure & Traditional Lunch

10. Terceira Island: Full-Day Mud Adventure & Traditional Lunch

Fasten your seatbelt and begin your adventure through the interior of the island of Terceira. On this trip, you will be riding in Jeeps suitably equipped for this purpose and able to take you to places you did not even imagine existed. It is intended for those who want to see unusual perspectives and scenarios. You will travel to the interior of the Island in muddy terrain at times and see untouched nature. Sometimes the Jeep might get stuck in the mud at which point you can volunteer to help free the Jeeps from the mud. Have an outdoor lunch (traditional food and Portuguese wine). Then stroll through the interior of the island for some breathtaking views. 

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What people are saying about Angra do Heroísmo

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.

Guides are amazing. They have given us a wonderful trip over water and island! We are very happy with this experience.

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

We have visited a lot of great places and had a great time with Cristina.