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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.

Azores: Terceira Island Full-Day Tour

2. Azores: Terceira Island Full-Day Tour

Experience the beauty of Terceira by minibus on a full-day tour of the entire island, including lunch in a typical restaurant. Part of the 9 volcanic islands of the Azores Archipelago, Terceira is located in the central group (Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial) and, like all the islands of the Azores, boasts its own unique landscape, culture and traditions. Visit the inside of Europe's only empty volcano at Algar do Carvão, and marvel at fields surrounded by stone walls. Enjoy lunch in a typical restaurant and get acquainted with the authentic food of Terceira, known for dishes such as Alcatra de Carne (pot roast cooked in large unglazed red clay pots).

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) 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.

Terceira: Half-Day Island Tour with Cheese Tasting

4. 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.

From Angra: Terceira Island Full-Day 4x4 Tour

5. 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.

Half-Day Van Tour on the Center of the Terceira Island

6. Half-Day Van Tour on the Center of the Terceira Island

The Tour starts by the Afternoon where you´ll be Picked up from your hotel and then you´ll go to the center of Terceira Island. On this tour you´re going to see a lot of secret spots known by the locals. You´ll visit an inside of a Lava Tube with 700m of extention. The Tour ends at Algar do Carvão, wich is Vulcano that you can actualy visit the inside.

From Angra: 3-Hour Volcano Tour

7. 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: Full-Day Highlights Tour

8. 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 Island: Half-Day 4X4 Tour

9. 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.

Terceira Azores: Caves and Craters

10. 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
  • Praia da Vitória
  • Biscoitos
  • Serreta
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What people are saying about Terceira

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 26 reviews

We were very happy with the places we visited, the pace of visits, our dear knowledgeable guide Anna who willing to show all the beauties of the island.. This was a really jigh quality experience and only in one day, we were able to see 75% of the island.. We thank to dear Anna and the tour company

Ruben was a really enthusiastic, kind, patient local guide who showed us the really best and hidden treasures of the beautiful Terceira. Going through the woods with the Land Rover was fitting into a fairy tale. Great experience, truly recommended, 5+1 star :)

Punctual and prepared guide. An interesting tour that in a day tour gave me clear information on the island by touching on various points and topics in the different areas visited.

Caterina, best guide ever! Beautiful and interesting experience

Rui was a wonderful tour guide and the caves were beautiful.