Terceira

On Terceira, traditional coastal villages and wild interior moorland are ready to welcome the traveller. Wander through the cobbled streets of the capital, Angra do Heroismo, and soak up the quiet charm of this UNESCO World Heritage town.

The ‘Lilac Isle’, so called because of its captivating pastel sunsets, is a vibrant place of people, culture and colour.

Also known as the Island of Never-Ending Festivals, the summer months on Terceira bring a permanent festival of colour. The Festas do Espirito Santo (Holy Spirit Celebrations) bring the ceremony of the Crowning of the Emperor to every village on the island, followed by a united celebration where food and locally produced wine are enjoyed in abundance. Another outstanding local event is the bull running where the bull is not harmed but the local men often don’t get off so lightly! Taking place almost every night in the summer around the island villages, these are a great taster of Azorean life.

The largest town, Angra do Heroísmo, is a UNESCO world heritage site – a testimony to the royalty and noblemen who have at one time or another contributed to the landscape of the town resulting in its wonderful examples of 17th and 18th century architecture. It’s a regional administrative and cultural centre, whereby music, literature, theatre and education influence the style and atmosphere of this fascinating town.

Island figures
Length 29km
Breadth 17.5km
Surface area 402km²
Population 57,000 

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