Terceira Island Azores
Terceira Island is
located in the central group of the Azores. The island's
length is 29 km and the width is 18km. Terceira has a
population of 56.000 people. The highest point is Serra de
Santa Barbara (1,022 m). The
view from this point is breathtaking. The island's length is 29
km and the width is 18km. The natural landscape is of great beauty
with beautiful scenery and great varieties.
The historical centre of Angra do Heroísmo,
is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the oldest
city in the Azores dating back to 1534. The town was struck in 1980 by a huge earthquake,
but many beautiful buildings are still preserved, such as a very large
cathedral and a bullfighter arena. The second most important
town on Terceira is Praia da Vitoria. It is located close
to the American airbase in Lajes, which is the civil
airport of Terceira. From here you can fly to all the islands.
Besides the monuments
and buildings Terceira offers good conditions for watersports,
walking trips. A visit to the Caldeira de Cuilherme Moniz is
a must. This large vulcano crater is the largest of the Azores.
Also for speleologists Terceira has some interesting
of which the caves of Algar do Carvão are best known. From
may till september one can enjoy the festivities on this island.
Villages and Culture
- Angro do Heroismo: one of
the most beautiful cities of the Azores. Sé de
Sao Salvador, Igreja de Sao Goncalo, Convento da Esperanca,
Palacio Bettencourt, Palacio dos Capitaes Generais, museums,
Castelo de Sao Joao Baptista do Monte Brasil, the Marina,
the Castelo de Sao Sebastiao.
- Praia da Vitoria:
Pacos do Concelho, Igreja Matriz de Santa Cruz., Igreja
do Senhor Santo Cristo das Misericordias, and the Marina.
- Biscoitos: nice village on
the north side of the island. The Holy host Chapel, Igreja
Paroquial de Sagrado Coracao de Jesus, the wine fields and
the wine museum.
do Guilherme Moniz : the largest Caldeira of the Azores
- Estrada da Doze Ribeiras (Twelve Rivers Road) -
This area has been designated a Natural Park due to its
botanical, scientific and scenic value.
- Lagoa do Negro: small lake
- The peaks Bagacina and Cabrito
- Algar do Carvão – deep caves with an interior lake.