Travel Diary: Terceira Island, Azores

Terceira Island

The view from around Quatro Ribeiras, Teiceira Island

The view from around Quatro Ribeiras, Teiceira Island

Our adventure in the Azores started here, on the stunning island of Terceira. We spent our first day there mainly exploring the island’s capital, Angra do Heroísmo, where we walked up the incredible Monte Brasil and had our first taste of the phenomenal Azorean cuisine. From there, as we wandered into the volcanic center of the island, things kept getting better.

Mid-hike on Monte Brasil

Mid-hike on Monte Brasil

Where we stayed

Casa do Pisão
Rua do Pisăo 90, 9700-152 Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal
A home in the residential area of the capital with a great outdoor space and a view of the sea.

Food in Terceira Island

As I already mentioned, these spots represent our first taste of Azorean food - one of the most incredible and unique cuisines in the world. This is our food list:

  1. Tasca Das Tias

    Rua de Sāo Joāo 113, 9700-191 Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal

    One of the friendliest places in Terceira. Steven ordered the rump steak and claims it was the best steak he’s ever had. The shrimp were also incredible. But the cheese plate is a winner - it comes with an incredible selection of Azorean cheese from all over the Azores. A great way to start the trip!

  2. O Forno

    Rua de Sāo Joāo 53, 9700-171 Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal

    A special little bakery right that serves some Portuguese but mostly traditional Azorean treats - including their famous Dona Amelia cakes.

  3. Birou Bar

    Rua de Sāo Joāo 27, 9700-171 Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal

    Low-key, simple and just tasty food - if the weather permits, sit outdoors on the second floor and enjoy the perfect sea breeze.

  4. Restaurante Beira Mar

    Canada do Porto, São Mateus da Calheta, Portugal

    Conveniently located right in the port, this place serves some of the freshest seafood ever. But it only serves what’s freshly caught, like most spots in the Azores, so expect the menu to change daily. Lucky for us, there was lobster! Also, this is where we tried barnacles for the first time. Sounds odd, but I highly recommend it.

  5. Restaurante Ti Choa

    Grota do Margaride 1, Serreta, 9700-661 Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal

    Recommended by the owner of a pretty vintage shop in Angra do Heroísmo, we came here to try the famous Azorean dish: Alcatra. Its a roasted dish made from slow cooked beef (there’s a pork version too) with tomatoes, onions, garlic, and some spices. No, this wasn’t the most veggie-friendly spot (I still had a delicious bit of fish) but it was incredible to see and taste alcatra, finally.

Things to do in Terceira Island

  1. hike Monte Brasil, Angra do Heroísmo

    Take a nice, easy hike up this lush, green extinct volcano and check out the fort built in the 16th century. Also - enjoy amazing views of the entire city.

  2. Take a Road Trip

    The island itself isn’t that big and you can drive around it all in a day - and do it, it’s worth it. The island is covered in stunning, tree-lined roads and there’s another view point waiting around every bend.

  3. explore Algar do Carvão

    One of the coolest things in Terceira, Algar do Carvão is an ancient lava tube located right in the heart of the island. Go ready to walk down loads of stairs, as you first enter this fern-covered grotto 150 below the mouth of the cavern. The stairs lead down to a rainwater lagoon, the cavern’s deepest point. This is your chance to venture inside an extinct volcano and it’s as cool as it sounds - can’t be missed.

  4. Wander in the island’s colorful towns

    From Angra do Heroísmo to Praia da Vitória - don’t miss the towns and their own unique beauty. Lots of color, cobblestones streets, and completely surrounded by some of the best views nature has to offer.

  5. walk along the Furnas do Enxofre

    Going on the theme of volcanoes, Furnas do Enxofre is quite small but impressive. Walk along the set paths to see the landscape’s sulfuric formations.

  6. take in the view at Miradouro da Serra do Cume

    Make this a spot on your road trip - its a scenic spot that gives you views of the north and south sides of the island of Terceira. Go on a sunny, clear day for the best experience.