Terceira is Portuguese for ‘third’ – as in ‘the third largest island’ and ‘the third island to be populated’ during the Portuguese Age of Discovery. The island’s home to the Azores’ oldest city: UNESCO protected Angra do Heroismo whose cobbled streets, historic architecture and friendly population help give the city a wonderfully relaxing, quiet charm. If you’re looking for Azorean culture and cuisine but without the hustle and bustle of Sao Miguel, Angra’s the place to stay.
Inland, Terceira’s sparsely populated, rugged interior provides a glimpse of how the Azores looked when the first settlers arrived in 1450. Just over 20% of the island is classified as a protected Natural Park – with the aim of conserving what remains of the Terceira’s Laurisilva and Juniper forests. It’s also a very volcanic landscape, formed by criss-crossing lava flows which have created spectacular cave systems and natural seawater swimming pools to enjoy.
Our Terceira Family Holiday is one of our most popular holidays to the island (and it’s also a great option if you’re travelling as a couple). If you’d prefer a hotel stay, a good starting point is our Terceira Activity Week – and as with all our holidays, we can create a personalised tailor-made holiday to the island just for you.
Terceira's rugged interior landscape is ideal for exploring on foot or by bike, while the nutrient rich sea means whales and dolphins are never far away.