5 Unique Places in Terceira

Holiday in the Azores: 5 unique places to enjoy on Terceira Island

A great holiday in the Azores isn’t complete without visiting  Terceira Island. Discover 5 unique places in of interest in Terceira and enjoy this beautiful part of Portugal.

Known locally as The Lilac Island, Terceira Island is approximately 90 miles from the city of Sao Miguel and 66 miles from Faial, and is one of the of best places to visit in the Azores.

Terceira is unique in itself with historical heritage, culture and a laid back way of life for the locals clearly on show. Then there’s the colourful houses with the triangle chimneys, not to mention the chapels that are painted in bright colours too. There is an abundance of things to do in Terceira, too many to put down on here, but we’ve put together our 5 favourite and unique places on Terceira to give you some suggestions of what to do in Terceira to make the most of your holiday in the Azores.

  1. Go Whale Watching!

There’s nothing better than seeing nature and on a trip into the Atlantic ocean you’re guaranteed to see either whales or dolphins, or both, at any time of the year. Responsible tour guides and skippers get visitors close enough to see these amazing mammals very clearly, and, now and again, maybe they’ll get you a little wet with a splash of their tail fin!

Known as one of the very best places in the world to see whales wild, going out into the ocean and seeing them in the natural environment is definitely top of many peoples’ wish list of what to do in Terceira. About 27 species of whales and dolphins have been spotted off the island and the trips run all year round. See these beautiful creatures as they playfully make their way around the boats. A must do as far as things to do in Terceira go!


  1. Monte Brasil

Have you ever visited a volcano? One of the favourite things to do in Terceira for visitors is to head to the shores of Angra do Heroísmo where you will find a now-extinct volcano, Monte Brasil. With outstanding scenic views over the naturally-formed peninsula this is a terrific place to visit and one of the best tourist sites in Terceira to take in the island. Make the most of your hire car by heading to the summit in it before heading along to São João Baptista Fort which is nearby and the oldest occupied fort in Portugal. As I said history is abundant here and a visit to the island has to be one on the list of what to do in Terceira.


  1. Biscoitos Wine Museum

One of the places you should know about in Terceira is in the picturesque town of Biscoitos, a family-run wine cellar with a museum. There you can enjoy the well-tended gardens while discovering the history and the art of viticulture in the region. The rocky, windy peninsula makes a perfect place to make the wines as the vines grow from the rich and porous lava rock. If you like wine then Biscoitis museum is a must on a list of things to do in Terceira, and  what to see in Terceira too. Antique wine-making tools and the short but very interesting and informative tour ends  how it should, with a  sampling of the locally produced wines that you’ve just learnt about! You can even buy them, at a very reasonable price.

  1. Praia da Vitória

A drive to Praia da Vitória will serve you up with a treat when you arrive as the views and scenery are simply breathtaking. What to see in Terceira? Well, this is certainly one of them. The colourful churches immediately catch the eye and are famous as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Terceira. With cobbled streets, colourful houses, a stunning town hall, a modern marina, and  beaches that are simply beautiful, although in the summer months they can be very popular. If you’re planning a trip of what to visit in Terceira, this place has to be on it. In the town wander around and take a look at the old town wall which has stood for over 500 years.


  1. Algar do Carvão

One of the places you should know about in Terceira is an ancient lava tube, Algar do Carvão. One of the most interesting tourist sites in Terceira, the lava tube is situated at the geographic centre of the island. For things to do in Terceira, or anywhere else on the Azores,  Algar do Carvão is a must as it’s one of only several places in the world where you can actually get inside an extinct volcano!  Put your walking shoes on and prepare to negotiate several hundred steps to explore the insides of this amazing geological structure. Talk about what to do in Terceira with anyone and this is a firm favourite. Deep down inside you will find a lagoon glistening in the light shafts, and stalactites above make this whole scene surreal and definitely establish Algar do Carvão as one of the top tourist attractions in Terceira.


Tourism in Terceira, all that you need to see and do

Overflowing with history and culture you may be wondering just what to see in Terceira or even be a bit overwhelmed by the amount of places of interest in Terceira. Plan ahead, and you’ll get to see the very best the island has to offer, it’s best to allow a few days if you can. As regards to what to visit in Terceira we’d recommend you take in all of the above and the many historical and military tourist sites in Terceira that are well-maintained and affordable. Just strolling the cobbled streets before heading for an evening meal past colourful houses and churches in the shadow of a volcano makes this place unique and enjoyable as are so many tourist attractions in Terceira.

The most romantic places in the cities of love

No doubt that the canals in Venice are one of the best and most romantic places in the world to celebrate love, but isn’t actually any place good for love? Casanova had it easy in the City of Canals, but you can also enjoy the most romantic of all experiences at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, in one of the many viewpoints of the Alfama district in Lisbon, in the house of Romeo and Juliet in Verona, or even in Teruel, a Spanish town famous for its lovers, or in Salamanca, the hometown of Calixto and Melibea. You can have an affair to remember dancing tango in Buenos Aires, in the exotic beaches of Bali, in the Prague Castle, under the sun of Tuscany, in Sissi’s Vienna, near the Little mermaid in Copenhagen and even at top of the Empire State Building. What city would you like to fall in love with? These are the most romantic places in the cities of love. Want to feel their attractiveness and their romantic atmosphere?

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Documents needed when driving a hire car in Spain

Avoid a fine a possible problems with your hire in Spain by making sure you have the correct paperwork with you in your hire car

Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and many of its visitors will hire a car while in the country, it´s a great way to see the country. Spain welcomes foreign drivers and has some of the best roads in Europe for drivers to enjoy and it’s important for drivers to make sure they have the correct documentation with the to avoid any unnecessary problems (including fines for not having the right documents in the vehicle) should the authorities wish to see them at a roadside check.


Firstly drivers must carry a valid drivers licence and they must be over 21 years old and held the licence for at least a year. International Driving Permits are recognised but not compulsory for drivers coming to Spain from other EU or EEA countries. For drivers from the UK there is no longer the need for the paper counterpart which was abolished in 2015.

Drivers must also carry a valid form of ID, whether that is an ID card or a passport. We’d always recommend drivers to keep their passport with them at all times as it is often asked for as a means of identification by the police at the checks.


Proof of insurance is also obligatory to carry in the car and must be cover at least third party, fire and theft. You will find in all Goldcar vehicles that the insurance documents will be in the glove box along with the registration documents. The vehicle must have the registration documents in it at all times as they carry all the necessary information about the vehicle, including if it has a passed a Spanish vehicle inspection (MOT) and is therefore roadworthy.

So there you have it, as we stated before drivers must make sure that they have t he relevant documentation on them and Goldcar make sure that the vehicle documents are in the car ready for you to go and enjoy a hassle-free holiday exploring this wonderful country.

Below we’ve put a checklist of the documents for drivers to take a look at before travelling to Spain.


Documents needed when driving in Spain:

  1. A valid driver’s licence (Driver must be over 21 and been driving for at least 1 year)
  2. A valid form of ID (Passport or ID card)
  3. Vehicle insurance
  4. Vehicle registration documents

7 delicious landscapes to savor Caceres at your own pace

In Extremadura, the landscape is linked to gastronomy and gastronomy is linked to the landscape. With aromas of rosemary, rockrose, thyme, lavender, and a thousand herbs that are steeped in the essence of their dishes. It has hints of acorns, countryside delights, green pastures and clear streams flowing down from snowy peaks.

Hints of chestnuts, olives, tomatoes and sweet and tasty fruits observed from a bird’s (or rather vulture’s) eye view. Flavors of nature that permeate Caceres’ meat, sausages and cheeses, from Las Hurdes to Tierra de Barros, through the Valleys of Jerte and Ibor, through the plains or the water of La Serena, or even the Banks of the Guadiana river, the Sierra de Gata, Villuercas and the thousand Meadows appearing on the horizon.
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Carnival food: sweets and desserts that don’t need a costume to stand out

Even though you might have not recovered from nougats, marzipan and all different Christmas specialties, it’s already time for Carnival food! Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy this feast of joy, color, fun in abundance, humor, and desserts. There are so many to choose from that it is almost impossible to try them all. Tortillas, corrusquillos, cakes, tanguillos, perronillas, orejuelas, huesillos, fried milk, filloas and, of course, the most delicate of all, fried flowers. However, there are still many more. Is your mouth already watering? Below you will find out more about these Carnival sweets and desserts that don’t need a costume to stand out. Indulge yourself for few days before the start of Lent with these sweet delights. Sin first, diet later!

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Things to do in Lisbon: 5 secrets to (re)visit this magic place

The Portuguese capital is one of those special places that, once visited, is never forgotten. You’ll want to go back over and over again to find new things to do in Lisbon: get lost in its streets, take its trams, climb its hills knowing you will find the reward of amazing views at the top or stop and have a coffee and some of those lovely custard tarts known as Pastéis de Belem…
Lisbon is also a city full of secrets and hidden wonders, whether you discover them by coincidence when you go off the path set out in the guidebook or you head straight there. Could you do with some suggestions? Here are 5 Lisbon secrets for travel Lisbon on your next trip. Continue reading Things to do in Lisbon: 5 secrets to (re)visit this magic place