Overview

The island of Graciosa has a peaceful and rural charm, which is perfect for a truly relaxing break. An oval shaped island with a high point of just 398m, settlements are dotted equally across the countryside rather than being concentrated on the coast.

Graciosa has kept its farming roots, and still important to the island’s economy is the production of wine. The patchwork of vineyards bordered by the low black walls of hardened lava is characteristic of the landscape.

The whole island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and one of its islets is a breeding area for roseate terns and Monteiro’s storm petrel.

Highlights

The Furna do Enxofre (Sulphur Cavern), is a unique geological phenomenon. In the interior of this former volcano is an extraordinary sight: a tunnel, about 100 metres deep, opens into a huge grotto with a magnificent volcanic vault (80 metres high), and a lake filled with cold sulphurous water. Reached via a 90 metre stone spiral staircase, it is simply awe-inspiring.
Take a boat trip out to glimpse the whales, dolphins and seabirds that inhabit the seas and islets around Graciosa. Indulge in some wine tasting at the famous Terra do Conde winery and try their famous fortified and light bodied table wines.
After some wine tasting, head south to Carapacho to the thermal baths where a relaxing 15 minute soak is offered as a treatment for rheumatism and skin disorders. Stop off in Santa Cruz, and visit the excellent Museum of the Azores where you'll find tools used in important trades and an exhibition of how wine used to be made.

Activities

Explore the gentle rural landscape on foot, taking advantage of the wonderful walking trails or take to the sea in search of rare pelagic birds and view it's unique marine life. Graciosa is a place to take it easy and be discovered slowly...

Accommodation

With few visitors, there is a small choice of places to stay but are all of them you can be assured of warm Graciosa hospitality.

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