Ilha Terceira – What to Visit and Points of Interest


### Ilha Terceira – What to Visit and Points of Interest

On **Ilha Terceira**, you will find a variety of things to do, most of them focused on enjoying the natural beauty of the third island in the Azores Archipelago. Known as the Lilac Island, Terceira offers diverse attractions and activities. The recommended minimum stay on this island is 3 days.

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### Biscoitos
Biscoitos - Terceira, Açores

With its characteristic humid climate, traveling to the Azores requires suitable clothing for bathing. On Terceira, you can swim in Calheta dos Biscoitos, the largest natural pool in the region. The ocean water seems to breathe as the tide rises and falls. The surrounding area features black lava rocks, making it an excellent spot to enjoy a swim in the sea.

### Museu do Vinho dos Biscoitos
Museu do Vinho dos Biscoitos - Terceira, Açores

In Biscoitos, you’ll find the Museu do Vinho dos Biscoitos, a family-run wine museum and cellar open since the early 90s. A guided tour allows you to explore the surrounding vineyards. You’ll learn about the viticulture history of Terceira Island. Interestingly, the vines grow from the lava rocks, which are rich rather than fertile soil. The museum houses a fascinating collection of old winemaking tools. At the end, you can taste the delicious locally produced wines and purchase souvenirs at affordable prices.

See also: Museums in the Azores

### Algar do Carvão
Algar do Carvão - Terceira, Açores

The Algar do Carvão is a volcanic cone located in the geographic center of the island. It’s one of the few places in the world where you can explore the interior of an extinct volcano. The path involves hundreds of steps. During the tour, you can explore the depths of this fascinating geological wonder. At the deepest point of the cave, you will see a shimmering lagoon (which may dry up temporarily during the summer months due to lack of rain).

### Best Views on Terceira Island
One of the best things to do on Terceira is simply to enjoy its stunning landscapes. Here are some viewpoints to visit.

#### Miradouro do Facho
Praia da Vitória - Vista do Miradouro do Facho (Terceira - Açores)

Just five minutes from Terceira Island Airport, if the weather is clear, make your first stop at Miradouro do Facho. This viewpoint offers a privileged view of the city of Praia da Vitória and its port.

#### Serra do Cume
Serra do Cume (Miradouro) - Terceira, Açores

One of the favorite spots for the best photos of Terceira Island’s landscape. The Serra do Cume offers a high vantage point, about 545 meters above flat and green terrain—an authentic paradise of nature. You can also see nearby small parishes and the Atlantic Ocean.

#### Monte Brasil
Monte Brasil - Terceira, Açores

In the main city of Terceira Island, Angra do Heroísmo, Monte Brasil is what remains of an extinct volcano. This forms a naturally shaped peninsula. It is an excellent spot for panoramic views of the city. You can explore it via a hiking trail or drive up to the summit. On Monte Brasil, you’ll find Forte de São João Baptista, the oldest fortress occupied by the Portuguese army. There’s also a cross marking the discovery of Terceira Island in 1432.

#### Agualva
Among the various activities available on Terceira (cycling, kayaking, etc.), walking is undoubtedly one of the best. You can walk along the Baías da Agualva, a 4 km trail. Alternatively, visit the lookout and enjoy its spectacular views.

#### Santa Bárbara
Serra Santa Bárbara, Terceira - Açores

In Santa Bárbara, you will find Serra de Santa Bárbara, an inactive volcano and the highest point on the island at 1,021 meters. Here, you can visit the Santa Bárbara Interpretation Center to learn more about the natural heritage of Terceira Natural Park.

#### Raminho
Raminho, Terceira - Açores

At this location, you can enjoy a stunning view of the rugged cliffs along Terceira Island’s northern coast.

#### Ponta das Contendas
Ponta das Contendas - ilhéus - Terceira, Açores

In the southeast of the island, you’ll find the Ponta das Contendas Lighthouse, built in 1934. A walk along the southern coast offers several stunning views, such as the beautiful Baía da Mina.

### Cities/Towns to Visit on Terceira Island

#### Praia da Vitória
Praia da Vitória, Ilha Terceira - Açores

Close to the airport, this could be your first city to visit. In this city, you can stroll through cobblestone streets, see colorful churches, the town hall building, the modern marina, and the beautiful beach. The beach, being quite extensive, is one of the most sought-after spots by tourists and locals during the summer months.

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#### Angra do Heroísmo
Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira - Açores

Angra do Heroísmo is equally colorful. There are no dull areas or boring structures in this city. The entire city center was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 due to its unique architecture and cultural significance. In Angra, there’s much to explore: museums, cathedrals, gardens, and restaurants.

What to Visit in Angra do Heroísmo >

#### Porto Judeu
Porto Judeu - Terceira, Açores

Near Angra do Heroísmo, you can find the town of Porto Judeu. Wander through the picturesque town center, with some equally colorful buildings, and head to the coast where you’ll find natural pools. Enjoy a hike to explore the Furnas de Enxofre. Also, make sure to stop at the Cruz do Canário viewpoint, where you can appreciate the view of Terceira’s southern coast and the Ilhéu das Cabras.

### Other Places to Visit on Terceira Island
There are many other places to explore and visit on Terceira Island. Here are some more images of Terceira Island:

Enjoy your stay on Terceira Island!