The Algar do Carvão Cave On Terceira Island

Terceira island is the 2nd most populated island in the Azores and also the 2nd most visited island in the Azores in terms of tourism. The island of Terceira always hasn’t come in 2nd place to Sao Miguel. Here on this enchanted island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean you can discover UNESCO World heritage sites, ancient castles and dozens of unique biospheres and protected areas making this an island of preservation and history mixed with a modern day European flair.heroismo-townThe history of this island is by far the most fascinating out of all of the 9 Azorean islands due to its rich history as a maritime stopover point for cargo ships and explorers on their transatlantic crossings in the 15th and 16th century. It was here that the nation’s capital was transferred twice from Lisbon during times of succession in the Portuguese court. The island has also hosted various international summits and events in its 500 year history. HRH Prince Andrew and The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson “Fergie” spent their honeymoon on the island of Terceira for a week before touring Sao Miguel island. It also was host to the famous summit with President George H.W Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair where the plans were finalized for the War in Iraq “Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
Sanjoaninas festivities, Angra do Heroismo, Terceira island, AzoA place where history, culture and an amazing local population all embrace the benefits of eco friendly living with the agriculture,fishing and tourism sectors being the predominant industries on the island. It was ever since the great earthquake of 1980 that devastated the region that the importance of green tourism as well as the preservation of the islands delicate ecosystems have been of great concern to the local population. The environmental precautions and recent measures implemented by the regional government have allowed this island to become one if not thee most unspoiled islands in all of Europe. TER_ANG_pju_algarCarvaoThe island of Terceira is the site of four large volcanoes (Pico Alto, Santa Bárbara, Guilherme Moniz, and Cinco Picos). The Algar do Carvão is directly associated with the caldera “geyser”of the Guilherme Moniz volcano, but it is part of the same chain as Santa Barbara to the west, Pico Alto to the north, and Guilherme Moniz, which is a short distance to the south of the Algar do Carvão site. Algar do Carvão is situated at around 583 metres (1,913 ft) above sea level making this more than a safe location for exploration.CaveAzoresThe islands volcanic landscapes are just as interesting and beautiful underground as they are above ground. It’s as if your entering a heavly forested jungle, but in reality it’s a cave. Here you can get a unique look into the core of this volcanic island while gaining a deeper understanding of the importance of sustainability for the regions survival. The good thing about this excursion is that you do not need to be an expert athlete or even break a sweat; as the entrance has been made accessible by a natural made stairway that leads right into this enchanted volcanic cave. dreamstime_l_111214157There is a dim amount of light so you can see where you are going and be able to walk safely while exploring this fascinating spot. The light is made dim as all necessary methods of precaution and preservation have been implemented to ensure the safe and natural exploration of the cave without damaging the endemic fauna of this ecological gem. This is one of the most popular excursions and spots to visit on the island of Terceira so it is recommended that you and your group go with a local guide who knows the best times and can even make arrangements for private informative tours with lunch etc.Algar-do-Carvao
The cave is open daily from 9am – 6pm in the city of Angra do Heroismo. Here you can spend the entire day or as little as an hour if you are compressed for time. The entrance starts at a small stone built house that has a small information center that leads into this mystic cave where the price for admission is just a few euros and helps keep the staff and maintenance of this national geographical site. AzoresCaveTerceira

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