Terceira

Terceira, Azores

 

Nature


Guilherme Moniz Caldera - Crater of a large volcano already extinct with a diameter of 15km. On the inside, the biggest spot of heather in the Azores can be found.

Algar do Carvão - Classified as a Natural Monument, the Algar do Carvão is an ancient volcanic chimney. In its arched roof hang remarkable silica stalactites, the largest in the world. On its base there is a small lagoon that complements the amazing landscape.

Monte Brasil - If a panoramic view over the city of Angra do Heroísmo and its bay is what you are looking for, we recommend a visit to the hill of Monte Brasil. This ancient volcano that started in the sea has the majestic fortress of São João Batista, built by the Spanish to defend Angra’s bay from the attacks of pirates and corsairs.

 

Heritage


Cathedral - Classified by UNESCO as World Heritage in 1983, the Historic Center of Angra do Heroísmo offers an endless variety of cultural heritage, with remarks to the Cathedral. Previously in Gothic style, its elements vanished throughout time mainly due to improvements made after violent earthquakes. Nowadays, it presents a Manueline style.

Capitães Generais Palace - Building created to the Society of Jesus and later incorporated in the crown by pombaline order, being also headquarters for the Regency of the Kingdom. Its purpose was changed throughout the years, being nowadays headquarters for the Regional Directorate of Organization and Public Administration.

Impérios - Spread over several locations of the island, the impérios show the devotion of the Azoreans for the Holy Ghost. With bright colors and flowery architecture, they are part of the brand image of the island and deserve a closer look.

 

Cuisine


Alcatra - In this area, the alcatra stands out as a dish cooked very slowly in a clay pot in order to thicken the sauce made with bacon, onions, garlic, bay leaf, pepper and wine. To complement and make it even more delicious, we recommend adding massa sovada as a garnish.

Sopas do Espírito Santo - Typical Azorean soups served, as the name indicates, on the festivities of the Holy Ghost. It consists on bread covered with the water that boiled the meat. Mint can also be added but it varies from island to island.

Queijadas Dona Amélia - Terceira Island’s famous custards containing honey, cinnamon, raisings and ciders. The name of this pastry is associated to the visit of Queen Amélia to Terceira.

Vinho Verdelho dos Biscoitos - Made from the Verdelho grape variety, the most famous wine produced in Terceira Island is produced by Brum Farmers House. Sweet, dry and medium-dry verdelhos are available for sale.

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