Three weeks on the island pass by quickly.
Quickly, but maybe not so much.
The 90kms long perimeter of the island can be visited in very few time, and in three days you can visit everything.
What did I do the rest of the days?
I relaxed, I worked at the Banana Eco Camp, and I planned my next stop. (In the next few days I will publish a post explaining everything)
As I had already written in the previous post, the main towns are on the coast – Angra do Heroismo, Praia da Vitoria, Biscoitos… While in the interior of the island, the only inhabitants are cows – while joking with some guests of the camp, we said that there are more cows that inhabitants in Terceira, just to give you an idea of the number.
Leggilo in italiano: TERCEIRA – istruzioni d’uso per visitare l’isola
ANGRA DO HEROISMO
The city of Angra do Heroismo is now a World Heritage and for a short period of time it had been Portugal capital city.
The colours of the buildings, typical of the Azores, make the place even more unique.
With a walk through the streets, you can reach the three main churches and take a photo with Vasco da Gama, the Botanical Garden (Jardim Duque da Terceira), buy some souvenirs in the typical shops, and hike Monte Brasil.
From Angra harbour excursions for whale and dolphin watching leave during the whole year, but the best season actually is spring.
PRAIA DA VITORIA
On the other hand, in Praia da Vitoria, there is the main port to reach the other islands of the archipelago. The ferries, however, leave only in the period between May and the end of September.
Praia da Vitoria is a town much more quiet than Angra and its name comes from an Historic event. The translation of the name actually means beach of the victory – in the 15th century, the island was disputed between Spanish and Portuguese, who were supported by the French. Terceira was the last island to be conquered, and the inhabitants didn’t make it easy for the conquerors. When they first tried to enter it, a herd of cows and bulls was pushed towards the harbours, scaring the Spanish militars who were adventuring up the coast.
Locality mainly famous thanks to tourism, here you can find the most known natural pools, protected by the dark lava rocks.
I have a crash of opinion with the locals – while for me the water is freezing cold, for them it is warm.
So, if I considered the water in Lake Garda cold, now the coldest ever is for sure this ocean!
In Biscoitos you can also find a small museum of wine, a great option for those days in which the rain seems to never stop.
But check the schedule – the opening hours are pretty unique, and they follow the relaxed lifestyle of the islanders.
The main attraction of the island is the island itself, with its nature, its intens green, and the numerous view points. The main and the best ones are the ones here below.
PONTA DO QUEIMADO
BAIAS DA AGUALVA
SERRA DO CUME
SWIMMING POOLS AND AREAS
On the island, the sand beaches are few, and they are all in the centre of Angra and Praia da Vitoria.
Along the rest of the coast, however, there are natural pools, created naturally by the rocks.
GRUTA DAS AGULHAS – AZORES38N
FURNAS DO ENXOFRE
TREKKING ON MONTE BRASIL AND MISTERIOS NEGROS –
Unfortunately, no photos are available – it rained every time I could hike there.
LAGOA DAS PATAS
PICO MATIAS SIMAO
Terceira, as the whole archipelago, is full of a great variety of flora and fauna.
Even if there are no snakes, the nature around you deserves your attention in a more positive way.
Do you want an example?
Here you have two:
Talk to you in a couple of days,
I have some news for you.