West Coast: Half-Day Van Tour from Angra do Heroismo
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 3 hours
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.
Start the tour with a pickup from your hotel and drive to either Monte Brasil volcano or the UNESCO World Heritage Site High Memory Memorial for the starting point of the tour. Get an overview of the city’s historical past from your expert guide. Continue to the heart of the city and walk the streets filled with monuments significant to the history of the Azores Islands. See the Cathedral of Angra do Heroísmo, one of the most controversial catholic cathedrals, and Palacio dos Capitaes Generais, pivotal in the establishment of the first general government of the Azores. Continue to the city hall where history was made, and finish up walking by the Rua Direita, the first main street that culminates in Pátio da Alfândega, the oldest wharf in Angra do Heroísmo. From here you’ll see Angra Bay, where Vasco da Gama disembarked in 1499, establishing the island as a mandatory stop for routes pas...
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.
After pick-up from your accommodation on Terceira your guide will take you to see the major sightseeing spots in the island as well as a series of lesser known spots off the beaten track. Enjoy an outdoor BBQ lunch with local foods, cheeses, breads, wines and moonshines as well as a visit to a winery where you will taste other local wines and moonshines. Other stops introduce you to further local delicacies. The tour continues with the interior of the Island, on this tour you not only taste our foods, wines, moonshines, but you also get to see a great deal of the island from a different perspective. End the tour conveniently back at your accomodation.
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.
The first stop is in the green area of Praia Vitória, where people have picnics and spend family time. Continue to the empire of charity, the city center, and Matriz Church, before you visit the volcanic sand beach and learn a little about the history of the city. After, go up to the viewpoint of Facho and go through the path between green pastures and cows to the viewpoint of Humberto Delgado where you can observe a wonderful view over the mountain range and the American military base. Finally, return to the starting point at Praia Vitória.
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