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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Charms of The Landscape - Terceira Island

Caldeira de Guilherme Moniz
Huge volcanic crater (the largest in the archipelago), with a perimeter of 15 km. Flat and verdant interior. Rounded edges, covered with trees.

Algar do Carvão
Grottoes with a depth of about 100 metres. Stalactites and stalagmites. Close to the fumaroles of the Sulphur Caverns called Furnas do Enxofre (manifestations of volcanic activity). The caverns of Agua and Cabrito and many others that exist in Terceira (totalling about 40 and resulting from the passage of gases during the cooling of lava at the time of volcanic eruptions) are an invitation to the thrilling experience of plunging into the bowels of the Earth. A guide and suitable equipment are necessary for visits.

Layers of lava resulting from former volcanic eruptions, which take on interesting shapes. Curious vineyards planted on lands devoid of vegetation, protected by stone walls - the typical curraletas.

Pico da Bagacina and Pico do Cabrito
Volcanic heights set in large areas made up of lava. Pasture area for wild cattle.

Mata da Serreta
Forest with luxuriant vegetation on the slopes of a volcanic peak. Excellent vista from the place known as Peneireiro, taking in the sea. Ideal place to relax and commune with Nature.

Serra de Santa Bárbara
A ridge that affords magnificent views of the island. Road crosses a verdant area, with rows of hydrangeas.

Lagoa do Negro and Lagoa do Ginjal
Small lakes that surprise the visitor because of the calm and beauty of the surrounding countryside.

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