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From Angra do Heroísmo: Terceira Island Full-Day Tour

1. From Angra do Heroísmo: Terceira Island Full-Day Tour

Start the tour by visiting Monte Brasil, where you can see the Fortress of São João Baptista, built by the Spanish during their conquest of the Azores. Enjoy fantastic views of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Angra do Heroísmo. Proceed along the southeast of Terceira Island towards the villages of Ribeirinha, Feteira, and São Sebastião. See beautiful natural landmarks such as Serra da Ribeirinha and the Ilhéus das Cabras, culminating in a visit to the island's oldest church. Next, stop at Serra do Cume, a viewpoint located in Terceira's largest "caldeira". Observe the vast expanse of agricultural fields spread out the island. Enjoy some free time in the charming town of Praia da Vitória. Continue along the northern coast of the island and visit the Biscoitos Natural Swimming Pools. Have an optional visit to Algar do Carvão, an empty volcanic chimney, and Gruta do Natal (lava tube) which take about 30-40 minutes each. The tour is concluded by visiting the Queijo Vaquinha Cheese Factory and São Mateus Fishing Port with drop-off back at your accommodation.

Full-Day Van Tour around the Terceira Island

2. Full-Day Van Tour around the Terceira Island

The tour starts by picking you at your hotel, and make way on to Monte Brasil, wich is a Natural Reservation full of story and has a viewpoint with an amazing view all over the city of Angra do Heroísmo. Then you´ll go all around the East Part of the Islan where you´ll pass on a spot where you´ll see the Goat Islets and then you´ll move on all around the East Part, where you will pass by some amazing natural pools located in Porto Martins. All the East Coast of the island it´s fill with a lot of places with history. Before lunch you´re going to pass on an amazing landscape Miradouro do Facho and the famous miradouro called Serra do Cume, wich is known by the locals as the Patchwork Blanquet, after that you´ll make a lunch break at Praia da Vitória. By the Afternoon you´re going to visit the North part of the island, were you´ll make way until Biscoitos, to see the amazing natural pools and see the local movement. Moving on, you´ll pass on some natural hiden spots and visit Serreta parish untill you get to Queijo Vaquinha where you´ll taste the local cheese. To end the tour, you´ll pass on a fisherman´s village called São Mateus, too see the fishing activity. The tour ends by dropping you again at your hotel.

Half-Day Van Tour on the East Coast of the Terceira Island

3. Half-Day Van Tour on the East Coast of the Terceira Island

Seated on a confortable Van, you will visit a place called Miradouro do Facho, that has an amazing view over the City of Praia da Vitória. After that you´re going to visit one of the highlights of the tours, wich is Serra do Cume, also known as the "Patchwork Blanquet". Through all the tour, you will visit some secret spots and also see our natural pools made out of vulcanic rocks. The Tour ends in a place with a view for the Goat Islets (Ilhéus das Cabras), wich are located near Terceira Island.

From Angra do Heroísmo: Terceira Island Highlights Bus Tour

4. From Angra do Heroísmo: Terceira Island Highlights Bus Tour

Admire Terceira's top highlights on a bus tour that takes away the hassle of planning and deciding. Listen to your driver/guide's insightful commentary, learning about the significance and history of every stop on your route. Sit back and relax between several locations, watching the verdant landscape rush past. Start your tour by visiting the lush peninsula of Monte Brasil — most of which is a natural reserve. See the long-extinct volcano looming above you before heading to the nearby colorful town of Angra do Heroísmo. Marvel at the beauty and rich history of the Angra do Heroísmo — Terceira's capital and largest city, with its town center listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, head to the south-east coast of the island, seeing several charming churches, holy spirit chapels, and natural formations along the way. Then, stop at the high Serra do Cume viewpoint, where you'll see one of the most breathtaking views of Terceira Island known as The Patchwork Quilt. Surrounding the hill are rolling green hills and hundreds of patches of farmland, creating a patchwork quilt formation. Round off your visit with a stop at the city of Praia da Vitória, filled with sandy beaches and several stunning viewpoints. Known for its colorful architecture, this quaint town still has its old city walls and has a sandy beach alongside its marina.

Terceira Island: Guided Day Tour by Bus

5. Terceira Island: Guided Day Tour by Bus

Discover the most famous and fascinating sights of the island of Terceira on a full-day bus tour. Sit back and travel comfortably with your group and travel the interior of the island with a professional guide. Get picked up from your accommodation and embark on an adventure towards the first spot of the tour. Visit the famous Monte Brasil, an inactive volcano close to the city. Enjoy fantastic views of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Angra do Heroísmo.  Head towards the southeast coast of the island towards some famous villages. See beautiful natural landmarks like the churches, holy spirit chapels, and other natural formations.  Next, stop at Serra do Cume, a viewpoint located in Terceira's largest caldera. Observe the vast expanse of agricultural fields spread out the island. Get mesmerized by the most breathtaking panoramic views of Terceira Island.  The final stop in the morning is the city of Praia da Vitória. Spend some time on this spot and explore the sandy beaches and many viewpoints. Take a short lunch break before leaving for the next stop.  Continue along the northern coast to visit the Algar do Carvão, an empty volcanic chimney, and the Gruta do Natal a lava tube. Stroll through the interior of the area for some fantastic views. Finally, take a tour of the village of São Mateus, the main fishing port of the island. Finish a wonderful day at one of the most beautiful islands of Portugal. 

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What people are saying about Serra do Cume

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 25 reviews

This might be the best full day tour I’ve experienced and I travel a lot. It was a great mix of nature and history with a ton of beautiful sights at a good pace. The van was very big and comfortable. Catarina was our guide and she was so knowledgeable, passionate and patient. We were able to check out all the highlights of Terceria Island and also stop at different spots we might want to spend more time later on the trip. Monte Brasil was breath-taking as were all the different view points on the island. Biscoitos was my favourite and I loved how we explored the two sides of the island all on the same tour. And when we decided that we wanted to go to both Gruta do Natal and Algarve do Carvo, she extended our tour and didn’t even rush us. Catarina also answered all our questions and even helped us call a rental car company when we were stuck. She was awesome! Definitely take this tour when you are visiting Terceria Island! You won’t be disappointed.

Punctual and prepared guide. An interesting tour that in a day tour gave me clear information on the island by touching on various points and topics in the different areas visited.

There can be no better guide than Ricardo, an excellent treatment, he made us feel very comfortable, thank you very much for everything, we will return.

We had a lovely day. Our guide was able tell us all about the island and the spots that we came across. Would definitely recommend!

Caterina, best guide ever! Beautiful and interesting experience