From the Cume mountains to Algar do Carvão (Terceira)

A stroll around the Terceira island, which points of interest are not, in any way, restricted to the beauties of Angra do Heroismo, World Heritage. The course explores the landscapes of the central zone of the island.

In Terceira, and although its strongest attributes are most surely linked to its urban areas (Angra do Heroísmo) and to the "Empires" (especially in the villages to the north of the island), we select a tour that explores a series of very attractive landscapes and geological dimensions. This is the set of the Cume Mountain, located in the central-eastern sector of the island, and Algar do Carvão, exactly at its inner core. The Cume mountain, an elevation of elongated shape, oriented roughly northwest-southeast, rises abruptly on a vast flat platform, completely filled by the 'cerrados' - local name for the partitioning into grid of rubble walls, which defines the pastures of this area of the island, offering a beautiful visual effect, if looked at from this mountain. From Praia da Vitoria, or Praia das Lajes, by the road via Fontinhas, we reach at the detour that climbs to the Cume mountain (the ground may be in a poor condition). Another access is made from the highway Angra do Heroísmo-Praia da Vitoria, roughly at the middle of this route, through a signmarked deviation. From the top of its 545 meters above sea level (almost the Sintra mountain height), this is a dizzying view to the west, even from the roadside (viewpoint on finishing in 2008) over the "cerrados" below, with tiny oxen grazing in the large, bright green. On the opposite side is the view over the Lajes airport and Praia da Vitoria, with the broad countryside of "Ramo Verde" in the middle. On the top, the natural hill features recently excavated compartments, from the time of World War II, when an invasion (from the Nazis or from the Allies) was feared. To Algar do Carvão, one can access by the same highway, in a signaled detour. It is a geological natural reserve, with caves of about 100 meters deep, with impressive stalactites and stalagmites, and a lagoon, which accesses were modernized a few years ago. Near by, outdoors, the caves of sulfur, with its geysers, complete the ideal picture for volcano lovers.

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