July 23, 2019

Terceira (Azores Part #4)

After visiting SΓ£o Miguel, Faial and Pico, our last hop was already Terceira island.

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This time we again took an aircraft starting from Pico airport. In case you are familiar with the Greek unit prefixes you know that “pico” stands for something pretty small. And Pico airport is by far the smallest airport I have ever seen.

When we arrived, only a couple of firemen “were busy” having a break in the cafeteria and the security was not even open. At first, we were the only tourists. Later, it got a bit more busy and I thought that it would have been totally sufficient to arrive 15 minutes before boarding time…

The flight directly goes over SΓ£o Jorge. Pity we couldn't have a stop over.

After arriving on Terceira, we visited the quite nice town of Angra do Heroismo, which some people claim is the most beautiful town on the Azores. I would second that.

🌍 Picture location – Angra do Heroismo is a really nice, colorful place and an interesting contrast to the quite lonely islands without bigger towns of the last couple of days.

🌍 Picture location – Angra also has a quite big fortification on a mountain directly in the city

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Day 13

That day we explored Terceira's east coast, which is nice but has not any particularly cool sights besides a couple of viewpoints. I would however recommend spending a bit of time in Praia da Vitoria, which has a nice small old town and a nice sandy beach.

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In the afternoon, we explored the central regions of the island. I recommend going to Furnas de Enxofre and the staggering volcanic cave Algar do CarvΓ£o.

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🌍 Picture location – The Furnas de Enxofre are the baby brother of the hot springs area on SΓ£o Miguel.

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Algar do CarvΓ£o is a cave formed by volcanic activity. You enter the cave using a tunnel built into the mountain from the side. When you step out of this tunnel and look up you pretty much see what is depicted on the photo below. I thought the sight is pretty fantastic. However, the photo cannot really capture reality. The cave is really really fantastic.

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You can climb a couple of stair cases further down until you reach that small lake…

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Further down, you reach a pretty huge cavity. I only had my 12mm wide angle lens and couldn't capture the whole thing. On my agenda for the next few years is returning to the cave with the 8mm fish eye =)

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Back to Angra, which has a interesting monument on a hill above the town and a couple of other nice places we didn't see before.

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Day 14

The last day of the entire trip. We explored the western coast and actually wanted to go hiking. However, the weather suddenly got really bad and we decided to relocate as we saw the weather was fine at the east coast.

By the way: there is an app called “Spot Azores” which shows webcam feeds from all over the Azores. Really handy in such situations! So we drove to the east and had another dip in the ocean on the nice beach close to Praia da Vitoria.

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🌍 Picture location – Clouds near the viewpoint on Serra do Cume.

🌍 Picture location – Perfect weather at the east side!

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