The second most populated island of the Azores is Terceira. This gorgeous island is a top destination for both natural and cultural heritage. The UNESCO city of Angra do Heroísmo is one of its main draws. Offering a fascinating and insightful history of early trading between Africa, America, Asia and Europe. Visitors can walk the volcanic plateau, tour the wineries, enjoy the hot lava pools of Biscoitos, and explore inside the volcanic chimney of Algar do Carvão. The native islanders love to celebrate, so Terceira is home to many flamboyant festivals.
Area: 401,9 km2
Population: 56,437 inhabitants
Highlights: Serra do Cume Lookouts; Monte Brasil; Obelisco do Alto da Memória (19th century); Algar do Carvão; Wine Museum; Historic center of Angra do Heroísmo; Praia da Vitório Beach; Biscoitos Natural pools; Duque da Terceira Garden;
Alcatra is a staple of Terceira cuisine. This traditional dish is made with fish or beef (bone-in) and slowly cooked in a clay pot to thicken the sauce. This delicious meal also includes bacon, onions, garlic, bay leaf, pepper, and wine. It is normally served with bread or massa sovada (Portuguese sweet bread). Here, it is common for many dishes to be slowly prepared in clay pots, including chicken, beans, rabbit, and octopus.
As for sweets, the highlight goes to the cake Dona Amélia, custards made with honey and cinnamon mixed with raisins and ciders. According to the legend, the name of this pastry is associated with the visit of Queen Amélia to Terceira. The coscorões, cornucópias (filled with egg strings) or the rice pudding complete the list of local desserts.