Top Reasons to Visit Terceira Island, Azores

Why Terceira Island Should Be Your Next Travel Destination?


Just a few years ago, the Azores Islands were an exotic locale that few had ever even heard of, much less had the chance to visit. But now, it seems like almost everywhere you look, travelers are beginning to discover this idyllic island archipelago located just off the coast of Portugal — and it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say that it has been love at first sight, and for good reason. There are many good reasons. Among the Azores Islands — each boasting its unique charms — Terceira Island is fast becoming a favorite vacation destination for world travelers. Why? We’re glad you asked.


Breath-taking panoramic view from the Serra do Cume viewpoint in Terceira Island, Azores

Whether you are looking for outdoor adventure and an active getaway or are seeking more of a laid-back and relaxing retreat, Terceira Island in the Azores has just what you are looking for, and more. And for those seeking more peace and repose, natural swimming pools and island-themed spa treatments and accommodations await to soothe and refresh your harried heart and soul, as well as pamper your physical body. While we could go on and on about all of the amazing offerings Terceira Island provides for travelers from across the globe, we have highlighted some of the main highlights that make it the ideal vacation destination that is fast becoming a favorite among world travelers today.


1. Rich Culture and Time-Honored Heritage of Terceira Island

The vibrant culture and intriguing heritage of Terceira Island also make this lush and emerald-hued Azores Island an unforgettable experience. There is always some exciting and popular festivity going on in the streets of Terceira Island year-round, and with the locals being so welcoming and friendly, you can always feel free to join in the fun and revelry! You can also look forward to visiting local artisans' shops, which will give you a more intimate and personal glimpse into the amazing Azorean culture of this particular island. The best part of it all is that Azores Getaways has its local tour guides in Terceira Island, so you’ll be assured to be in the best company as you explore further and delve into the histories and backstories and every multiple facets of this unique Azorean world.

Did you know Terceira Island boasts the Azores Islands' sole official UNESCO World Heritage site? The enchanting city of Angra do Heroísmo, a jewel among the Azores, is renowned for its unparalleled beauty. But to truly appreciate its magnificence, it must be experienced firsthand. Words fall short when describing the breathtaking allure of Angra do Heroísmo and the extraordinary charm of Terceira Island. Discover the unique splendor of these locales for yourself and witness the indescribable beauty that awaits.


Inside a traditional pottery shop on Terceira Island in the Azores, Portugal.

2. Accessibility, Yet Still Majestically Under the Radar

Explore the enchanting allure of the Azores, with Terceira Island at the forefront, offering the perfect blend of accessibility and secluded charm. While it feels worlds away, nestled in tranquility, fresh air, and unspoiled nature, Terceira is surprisingly within easy reach from mainland Europe or North America. And now, getting to this idyllic retreat is more effortless than ever, with the introduction of direct flights from YYZ and BOS to Terceira, bringing this hidden paradise closer to you!


Stroll through the tranquil paths of Garden Duque de Bragança in Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira Island.

3. A Culinary Paradise for Food and Wine Enthusiasts

Embark on a gastronomic adventure in Terceira Island, a paradise for lovers of exquisite food and wine. The Azores, with Terceira as a shining example, are renowned for their culinary excellence, offering a feast for the senses. The archipelago's diverse microclimates, rich volcanic soil, and abundant water create the perfect conditions for an array of delectable dishes that cater to every palate. Azorean cuisine, with its deep roots in rich, rustic, and hearty flavors, promises a memorable dining experience that will leave you craving more. On your visit to Terceira, treat yourself to "Alcatra" and "Queijadas da Dona Amélia", if you want to learn about the food in Terceira, read more here!


Experience the rich heritage of Azorean wine-making at the Biscoitos Wine Museum in Terceira Island, Azores

4. Lush Landscapes and Idyllic Natural Beauty

Terceira Island is home to the Azores’ most iconic patchwork landscapes - gorgeous scenery reminiscent of the Irish and Icelandic countryside - and to one of the only lava tubes in the world that you can visit and see up close and personal!

Imagine going inside an actual volcano — something that should be on everyone’s bucket list! Other amazing highlights Terceira Island offers visitors seeking some natural beauty in the great outdoors include the Algar do Carvão, an ancient volcanic cave that you can walk inside, and which is home to some of the largest stalactites in the world -- all of which will leave you speechless and in utter awe.


Descend into the heart of Terceira Island at Algar do Carvão, an ancient volcanic vent in the Azores, Portugal

5. Astounding Architecture and Sights

If the thought of strolling around city streets that remind you of the colorful and cute thoroughfares in Cuba appeals to you, then Terceira Island and its UNESCO World Heritage city are the perfect fit for you! Angra do Heroísmo is filled with gorgeous Renaissance buildings with colorful facades and quaint, cobbled streets that ooze charm. And the best part is that Azores Getaways has our local guides in Terceira Island, so we can guarantee a great and authentic experience, with detailed insider information that no other tour company might be able to share with you. You could say we can provide you with the inside scoop on the Azores, specifically its treasured island of Terceira!


The Sé Cathedral, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture nestled in the heart of Angra do Heroísmo

6. Surprisingly Affordable Versus Other European Locales

Yet another reason why Terceira is so popular among travelers today is that it is a surprisingly inexpensive destination, especially when compared to its European neighbors — not to mention far, far less pricey than its island counterparts of Hawaii and Iceland which it is so often compared to! The best part is that on top of Terceira already being a more affordable vacation option for travelers than most island locales, our company’s expertise is helping you plan dream getaways while saving you money. We know that planning visits around and among the islands can be overwhelming (and far more expensive when you aren’t familiar with how to find the best deals), which is why engaging our company to help you with logistics is a good way to ensure you not only get the vacation of your dreams but also get it at the best price point possible. Apart from offering amazing travel deals and packages — we arrange accommodations and transportation as well as customized itineraries for individuals or groups — we are also here to help provide online support.


Experience the raw beauty of nature at the Serretinha natural pools on Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal

Are you already in love with the Azores? Please take a look at our stress-free packages that allow you to book your ultimate island adventure. All our packages are carefully curated by our team of local Azorean Experts so that you don’t need to worry about any details – just enjoy your trip! 


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