Discover: Terceira Island
Terceira is the island with the second largest slice of population — 56,437 inhabitants (2011 data) —, has an area of about 401.9 km² and is eastern most island of the five that make up the Central Group of the Autonomous Region of the Azores.
It was the third island to have been discovered by the Portuguese navigators, probably between late 1420s and early 1430s, it was fist called the Island of Jesus Christ. Proud of its historic background full of grand feats, Terceira is still a dynamic island in the context of the archipelago, having the historic centre of Angra do Heroísmo been chosen as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983.
The dominant green of the interior of the island fades when reaching the periphery, where century-old human occupation and the colour of the local houses are predominant: the colour lilac of the facades of buildings, especially in Angra do Heroísmo, wins all colours. You can enjoy boat trips for whale-watching and incredible natural pools, among many other activities.
The island of Terceira exhales culture through every breath. There are various institutions and cultural associations, theatre groups, and temporary or permanent exhibition sites that contribute to the promotion of the island's culture. It’s a festive island: more than a slogan or a label, it is an undeniable reality, patent also in how well the people of Terceira welcome visitors, a habit worth preserving and valuing.
The gastronomy of Terceira is famous for the alcatra dish, usually of beef, but also of fish. In what comes to sweets, the Dona Amélia small cakes are a must, for the unique combination of sugarcane syrup, cinnamon, currants and ciders. Coscorões, cornucopias (filled with sweet eggs) or rice pudding complement the list of desserts.
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