Serra do Cume – Terceira Island

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The spectacular Serra do Cume, one of the biggest attractions on Terceira Island, is the result of a volcanic eruption, the rock formation draws attention for its exuberance and privileged view of much of the land surrounded by water on all sides.

Miradouro Serra do Cume
Miradouro Serra do Cume
Fotografia de Nelson Almeida

During the Second World War, Serra do Cume housed military installations, strategically installed to observe and guard that portion of the ocean. At its highest point, Serra do Cume rises to 545 meters high, allowing wide observation and excellent visibility.

Strom on the Horizon
Strom on the Horizon
Fotografia de Jorge Antunes

From one of its sides you can see the city of Praia da Vitória and its bay, the Air Base and the Plain of Lajes. From the other, the view is of the immense plain and its vegetation, in addition to the natural stone walls.

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Viewpoints are the main attraction of Serra do Cume

To facilitate the visit to Serra do Cume, in 2008 the works on the Serra do Cume Viewpoints were completed, a fantastic work that allows observation of both sides of the geological formation.

The plains in the interior of the island are known for their “patchwork quilts”, the name given to the quadrangles separated by volcanic stone walls that house the plantations of local cultures, and which attract a lot of attention due to their geometric shape.

Serra do Cume
Serra do Cume
Fotografia de Fernando Paulino

Observed from one of the Serra do Cume viewpoints, the landscapes display all their beauty and grandeur, uniting the strength of nature with human intervention in the region. This junction, combined with the flowers that give a special color to the plain, forms one of the most sought after landscapes on Terceira Island, considered by many visitors as the most beautiful in the region.

Green carpet
Green carpet
Fotografia de Jorge Antunes

The structure of the viewpoints and the ease of access contribute to the increase in the number of tourists who make this special part of the Azores archipelago their destination, in search of contemplation and the possibility of witnessing the grandeur of the local nature.

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Miradouro do Cume
Miradouro do Cume
Fotografia de Lurdes Vieira
Serra do Cume
Serra do Cume
Fotografia de Filipe Bem

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