Discover the best top things to do in Terceira, Portugal including Algar do Carvao, Serra do Cume Viewpoint, Monte Brasil, Duque da Terceira Garden, Museu de Angra do Heroismo, Alto da Memoria, Rua da Se, Miradouro Do Facho.
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Algar do Carvao is possibly one of the most unique volcano experiences you can have on this planet. The site is only open during certain hours, and a combination ticket will provide you access to another completely explorable dormant lava tube nearby. Upon entering through a tunnel into the side of this dormant extinct volcano, you are able to actually walk through the main tube of the volcano. As you look up, the sun shines through the Boca do Algar or “Mouth of the cave,” and encourages nature to thrive within the volcano’s hollow cavity. The cave has man made stairs built into its mineral deposited walls, and it is a tremendous experience to be able to reach the bottom of the cave, where in the rainy season a pool of bright blue water collects and can be over 45 feet deep. There are several different areas of the cavernous volcano that you can explore, each as exceptional as the next. Exploring the cave took only 30 minutes, but the memory will last a lifetime. We then carried on to the next lava tube attraction that our combination ticket offered us entrance to, called Gruta do Natal, or “Christmas Cave.”
On the way to Gruta do Natal, we came across a sign for “Furnas do Enxofre” and decided to see what it was about. Not even a mile down the road was a park with a walkway built through it, making this excursion even more amazing because it is highly accessible for anyone to enjoy. The walkway allows you to appreciate a relaxing sight-see tour through a small sulfur field. I am told they do not compare to the hot Springs of neighboring island São Miguel, but regardless I found them to be an incredible and unexpected addition to our adventure.
We spent about 15 minutes at the furnas and then continued to Gruta do Natal. There we entered a much smaller cave and explored the areas where lava once flowed through, prior to erupting out of the larger main cavity of Algar do Carvao. The caves are lined with informative plaques, which make this an easy, self-guided, 30-minute tour.
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We hiked to different points of Monte Brasil at different times and really enjoyed the area. The nice part about this reserve is that it's accessible in a number of ways for all folks. You could drive to the (near) top. You can walk the roads. Or you can get off road and do some path hiking.
The entrance weaves through a lovely children's park. On the Mountain itself you should doubtlessly encounter numerous deer and discover some fabulous views.
We loved this walk and suggest that anyone staying in Angra do Heroismo partake in one form or another!
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This garden is small but there are benches and pretty flowers and fish ponds to gaze at while you relax. Its free to enter and it would take less than 20 minutes to walk around. Make sure and go uphill too where the restaurant is. There's more to see up there and if you stop into the restaurant its a nice place to grab a snack, coffee or a full meal.
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We stumbled upon this monument while walking through the Gardens. The walk up is steep but beautiful. Multiple pools with frogs and beautiful plants. Some skinks sunning themselves amongst the rocks. Very clean and safe. The views from the top are well worth the steep climb.
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This beautiful little street captures all the charm of Angra. The beautiful mosaic sidewalks offer a visual treat to all. The street is flanked by cute shops and restaurants, and there are lots of opportunities to window shop or purchase a souvenir or two. The little shop with Angra memorabilia is run by the nicest lady. Her English is very limited but she certainly makes an effort to help and to communicate with everyone. While it has the typical souvenir magnets and gewgaws, there are also some very high quality products made by local artisans.
This street is the main drag that is intersected by cross streets, making Angra one of the first cities built with a grid system of streets. Take any one of the cross streets to find yourself down by the waterfront or with plenty of options for dining. Rue da Se is the hub of the historic center of Angra and worthy of lots of strolls during your stay.
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We went through the stairs... several step to the top. If you want their is a road where you can go by car. Either way and when reaching the top you will have a great view to the Praia Grande and Praia Vitória.
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