Terceira
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Our most recommended Terceira Day Trips

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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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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Terceira Island: Half-Day 4X4 Tour

5. Terceira Island: Half-Day 4X4 Tour

Experience moments of pure adrenaline on this Azores tour as you travel across Terceira Island in an all terrain vehicle. Fasten your seat belt, and embark on an adventure through the interior of the island. You will travel comfortably in jeeps suitably equipped for the purpose and able to take you to places you did not even imagine existed. This tour is for those looking for a unique experience and wanting to discover the stunning scenery of the Island of Bruma (Terceira Island) in the most radical way. Routes on secondary roads, which are not part of the usual tourist itineraries, are favored. These consist of narrow, beaten paths, which are used mostly by farmers. They are lined either by blue hydrangeas (Hortenses), large trees or rough walls of basaltic stone, which cut the green pastures. And most importantly, these lesser-known routes lead to breathtaking views. 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. Adventure yourself through the interior of the Island, taking in the breathtaking views, and discovering rarely-accessed roads lined with unique flora.

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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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Terceira Island: 4x4 Land Rover Tour with Traditional Lunch

8. Terceira Island: 4x4 Land Rover Tour with Traditional Lunch

You no longer have to go to Africa to go on a safari. It is also possible in the Azores to experience moments of pure adrenaline in all-terrain four-wheel drive vehicle. Fasten your seat belt, and the adventure through the landscape of the island will begin. Routes on secondary roads, which are not part of the usual tourist itineraries, will be favored. They are narrow, beaten paths and mostly used by farmers. They are lined either by blue hydrangeas (Hortenses), large trees or rough walls of basaltic stone, which cut the green pastures leading to breathtaking views. 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. Have an adventure through the interior of the island with breathtaking views and difficult-to-access roads with unique flora. Have the option of off-roading, and help release the Land Rovers out of the mud. An outdoor lunch (traditional food, Portuguese wine) is included, and tour continues with a visit to lagoons. You can also be taken to visit the volcanic caves if you wish.

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Angra do Heroísmo: Terceira Island Half-Day Tour

9. 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

10. 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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What people are saying about Terceira

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 58 reviews

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!

The hosts were very accomidating to pick us up when the location was changed. They were also very quick to respond to our questions. We would have liked to stop more often to take in the views and take pictures.

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!

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!!