Trails

Trails

The island has several official routes, duly marked, with different levels of difficulty and that can be carried out independently, or with specialized companies that help with interpretation and safety.

Discover the Trails

Passagem das Bestas

Circular| Difficulty - Medium| 4 Km| 2h30

Rocha do Chambre

Circular| Difficulty - Medium| 8.8 Km| 2h30m

Algar do Carvão - Furnas do Enxofre

Circular| Difficulty - Medium| 6.6 Km| 2h30

Baías da Agualva

Linear| Difficulty - Medium| 3.8 Km| 2h00

Fortes de São Sebastião

Linear| Difficulty - Easy| 5.7 Km| 2h30m

Malha Grande - Biscoitos

Linear| Difficulty - Medium| 14.2 km| 3h30m

Mistérios Negros

Circular| Difficulty - Hard| 4.9 Km| 2h30m

Relheiras de São Brás

Circular| Difficulty - Easy| 5 Km| 2h00m

Serreta

Linear| Difficulty - Medium| 6.8 Km| 2h30m

Monte Brasil

Circular| Difficulty - Medium| 7.4 Km| 2h30m

West Great Rout

Linear| Difficulty - Hard| 31.2 Km| 10h00m

Code of Ethics and Conduct for Pedestrians

1 – Carefully read the route map and instructions, checking if it suits your physical condition;

2 – Check the weather forecast and the trail conditions;

3 – Inform someone where you are going and the time of return;

4 – Make sure you have the necessary clothing and accessories;

5 – Take a first-aid kit, a mobile phone for emergency contacts and drinking water;

6 – Pay attention to brands and other landmarks;

7 – Stay on the marked route;

8 – Set a right rhythm and take breaks whenever necessary;

9 – Bring all the garbage with you and deposit it in an appropriate place;

10 – Do not take geological samples or disturb livestock;

11 – Close all the gates you open;

12 – Keep your pets under control.

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Cultural Tours

Cultural Tours

Terceira Island breathes culture through every pore. From the city of Angra do Heroísmo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to Praia da Vitória, the hometown of the writer Vitorino Nemésio, passing through the various fortifications and empires scattered throughout the island, the local culture is strongly influenced by the interconection between the sea and the land, between the sacred and the profane, with reflections in the most varied traditions and customs.    

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Volcanism and caving

Volcanism and caving

Azores islands have a diverse speleological heritage, with several dozen natural cavities, of different types. Open to the public, on the island of Terceira, are the Algar do Carvão (Regional Natural Monument), Furna d’Água and the Gruta do Natal.  

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Health and wellness

Health and wellness

A refuge for moments of relaxation and balance, Terceira Island has several health and well-being programs, adapted to the specific needs of each person.

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Whale Watching

Whale Watching

By Breno Toste, 28, marine biologist

“The Azores Archipelago is known throughout the world as an extremely important area along the migration route of cetaceans. A third of the world’s whale and dolphin species passes by the islands. Whale watching is possible all year round on the island of Terceira. Holding binoculars, lookouts look for whales and dolphins and relay their position to the vessels they are working with. And when you spot one of these “sea giants” in their natural habitat you become… speechless! An experience you cannot miss when you visit the island of Terceira.”

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Boat Tours

Boat Tours

Boat trips are an excellent option for contemplating the island coast, discovering its charms and singularities such as Ilhéu das Cabras. Terceira island is very close to the other central group islands, such as Graciosa or São Jorge. From here you can discover the other islands with the possibility of returning on the same day, or enjoy a few days and carry out activities organized by the company that provides the transport.

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Diving and Snorkeling

Diving and Snorkeling

By: Alexandre Jacinto, graduated in sports sciences and physical education and professional diver. “The underwater discovery on Terceira Island is fascinating! It is possible to enjoy the most diverse underwater scenarios such as the archaeological park of Angra, the small islets, the underwater undersides, caves and reefs of volcanic rock. Exploring the underwater world, among the ballet of the many species of fish that inhabit the volcanic bottoms, is a unique and unforgettable experience that can be provided by the various diving professionals on the island. On the other hand, if you prefer, just put on a mask, a tube and some fins! It is enough to enjoy the most shallow underwater world on Terceira island. Visibility is excellent for observing, through snorkeling, the various marine species and abrupt rock formations that hide in the submerged world of the island. Useful Link: Terceira Scuba Diving Spots Downloads: Diving Guide – Terceira Island

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Snorkeling

By: Alexandre Jacinto, 37, BSc in Sports and Physical Education and professional diver

“Mask, snorkel and swim fins! This is enough to enjoy the shallow underwater world of the island of Terceira. Visibility is excellent for spotting a number of marine species and abrupt rock formations hidden in the submerged world of the island.”

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Ocean Activities

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From swimming with dolphins to wave sports, the island has all the conditions to offer you a huge diversity of sea activities. Given its geographical situation, the island offers excellent conditions for the practice of wave sports in various contexts: beach breaks, reef breaks and point breaks. There are a number of places that can be chosen by the practitioner, according to the conditions and the time of year. The swell is usually consistent, the natural beauty of the places is an acquired fact, but the water temperature is probably the aspect that most enchants surf lovers. Praia da Vitória bay offers fantastic conditions for sailing and water sports, with strong praise from world and European champions participants in the various championships already held in this place, providing moments of encounter and training for the main sailors of the international ranking. Deep sea and cetacean lovers can experience unique emotions when watching and swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat. There is also the possibility of getting to know the island’s slopes by kayak, canoe or stand up paddle, exploring areas of translucent water and caves lost in the ocean. For fishing lovers, there are options for sport fishing.

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Surf, Bodyboard, Windsurf and Stand Up Paddle

Surf, Bodyboard, Windsurf and Stand Up Paddle

Due to its privileged geographical situation, the island offers excellent conditions for the practice of wave sports and in various contexts, beach breaks, reef breaks and point breaks. There are a number of places that can be chosen according to the conditions you want. The ripple is usually consistent, the natural beauty of the places is guaranteed, but the water temperature is undoubtedly the aspect that most enchants fans of the activity.

Praia da Vitória bay offers excellent conditions for sailing and water sports, with strong praise from world and European champions present at the various championships already held in this place, providing moments of encounter and training of the main sailors of the international ranking.

Useful Links:
– Spots Surf, Windsurf e SUP na Terceira
– Surf nos Açores
– Azores Wind Foil Open Challenge

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