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Day trips to the Pakleni Islands

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Terceira: Algar do Carvão Lava Caves Tour

1. Terceira: Algar do Carvão Lava Caves Tour

Get back to nature and visit the extraordinary lava tube of Algar do Carvão inside the caldera of the Guilherme Moniz volcano, 12 kilometers from Angra do Heroísmo. Travel back in time to when a basalt eruption tore a pre-existing lava flow to begin the process that would lead to the formation of a Strombolian volcano with 2 cones. Observe different geological features, including ferrous deposits and silicate stalactites, and appreciate formations that date back to the origins of the cave. Discover a small pond of rare beauty, and gaze in awe as smoke emerges from the ground. Encounter the unique flora and fauna, including birds that seek refuge inside the cave, and diverse plant life that includes species of molds, arthropods, and other groups.

Electric Bike Tour Monte Brasil

2. Electric Bike Tour Monte Brasil

Start with pickup from Angra do Heroísmo. Travel with your guide towards the reserve of Monte Brasil, passing by the historic Fortress of São João Baptista at the entrance.   Ride up to the Peak of the Crosses and ride inside secret spots where only the guide knows about. Get panoramic views of the island, seeing the highest point of the island, the inactive volcano of Santa Bárbara. See the town of Angra do Heroísmo below, and on clear days, the São Jorge and Pico islands off the coast.

From Angra: Terceira Island Full-Day 4x4 Tour

3. From Angra: Terceira Island Full-Day 4x4 Tour

Discover the best of Terceira Island on a guided full-day trip from Angra do Heroísmo. Get picked up and dropped off from your hotel in Angra. The first stop is Monte Brasil, where you can see Angra do Heroísmo from above. Go for a short drive through the city, and then along the southeast coast to the village of Ribeirinha where you can admire panoramic views. Go offroad as you explore the villages of Agualva and Biscoitos, and observe wild bulls in their natural habitat as well as a diverse array of native flora. Have a short break for lunch, then continue on to discover inactive volcanic tubes and chimneys including Algar do Carvao and Christmas cave, which you can see from the inside. Finish the tour with a visit to Queijo Vaquinha Cheese Factory and the Fishing Port of São Mateus village, before being dropped back off at your hotel.

Terceira Azores: Caves and Craters

4. Terceira Azores: Caves and Craters

Explore the beauties of Terceira Island, visiting mountains, hills, craters, volcanoes and caves. This tour is in the afternoon, and you are going to visit all the center of Terceira island (places where the public bus doesn't go). Pick-up at your accommodation is at 2:00 p.m. The first place where you are going is to the tallest mountain of the island. From there and depending on the visibility you can see the other island of the Azorean archipelago. Then it's time go visit the first cave (Gruta do Natal = Christmas cave) which is a lava tube. After that you will be amazed with the fumaroles field (Furnas do Enxofre), Algar do Carvão. It's the highlight of the tour, because it's an empty volcano you can go in. Before a cheese tasting, a stop at Serra do Cume for a spectacular view over one of the largest craters ever formed on Terceira island Azores.

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What people are saying about Angra do Heroísmo

From the moment we were picked up, it was an adventure waiting to happen. We drove through scenic routes to learn more about Terceira, visited a special hidden cave, watched the weather shift through various seasons, and enjoyed the Natal cave, finishing off with the best - Algar do Carvao (lava tube). You'll learn and explore things with Antonio that won't be noticeable or experienced on your own. We'll definitely come back someday and book more tours with the company.

James was extremely helpful before and during the trip, always ensuring my safety and enjoyment. Eventhough it was pretty misty up the mountain, I still really enjoyed my bike trip and the things I learned from James. 1000% recommend!!

We had a great experience on the half day lava tube tour. Our guide Roy was great, would highly recommend

Our guide Ruben was excellent! We had a wonderful time touring Terceira! Thank You!

Highly recommend........must see items for Terceira