Top 10 Things to See & Do in Terceira

With patchwork fields crisscrossing the emerald landscape and a cow population that’s almost double the amount of people, Terceira’s gorgeous scenery is reminiscent of the Irish countryside.

When planning your trip to Terceira Island in the Azores, make sure these 10 things are on your “Must Do” list. 

 

1. Have a photo shoot at Serra do Cume, Terceira

One of the most popular attractions on Terceira Island, the spectacular Serra do Cume is actually the result of a volcanic eruption. This flat "patchwork" plain was once a volcanic crater, and is now a large stretch of vibrant green pasture land divided by basalt rock walls.

 
 
 
 
 
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2. Visit the Sé Cathedral

Angra do Heroísmo is characterized by Renaissance buildings with colorful facades that line windy cobbled streets, including its historical churches. How pretty is Angra’s Sé Cathedral?

 
 
 
 
 
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3. Stop at the Miradouro do Alto da Memória

One of our favorite "miradouros" to enjoy the views over this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city.

 
 
 
 
 
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4. Stroll around the city streets of Angra do Heroísmo

The architectural features of Angra’s buildings and streets guaranteed it the status of an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

 
 
 
 
 
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5. Take a dive in the natural ocean pools of Biscoitos

The natural pools of Biscoitos were formed by lava flows and are one of the most popular swimming places for locals and visitors alike. One look at this view and you’ll understand why.

 
 
 
 
 
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6. Wine tasting in Biscoitos

No visit to Biscoitos is complete without a wine tasting experience at the local wineries. You’ll have lots of fun!

 
 
 
 
 
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7. Feed baby cows and try some fresh cheese

The Azores are literally covered in cows on just about every hillside you turn to look at. For an up-close photo-op, head to the Queijo Vaquinha Dairy Farm to try your hand at milking cows and feeding these little cuties. Then, head inside the farm’s snack bar for a cheese tasting where you can also tour the factory.

 
 
 
 
 
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8. Appreciate the beauty of Serra da Ribeirinha

The Azores have a lot more to offer than just green patchwork fields and cute animals.

 
 
 
 
 
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9. Head to the top of Monte Brasil

Get to the top of Monte Brasil for the best panoramic views over Angra.

 
 
 
 
 
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10. Plan a boat trip to Ilhéus das Cabras

The Ilhéus das Cabras are the biggest islets of the Azores archipelago. These volcanic formations are the remains of a coastline cone of a surtseyan volcano, dismantled by marine erosion and movement of tectonic plates. Not only are they beautiful to see up close, but you’ll also be treated to some spectacular views of the island’s coastline from the boat.

 
 
 
 
 
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