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 eruptions and lava flows which thankfully now leave us with spectacular cave systems and natural seawater swimming pools to enjoy.
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.
Modern hotels, beautiful traditional Quintas, and luxury self catering cottages - you can really treat yourself on Terceira!