THE AZORES SERIES, DAY 2
DUBLIN – TERCEIRA ISLAND
Is the Azores just Ireland in disguise? I’ll be honest about Terceira and say there wasn’t a lot of things that excited me about the place but after a bit of research I came across a few photos (that’s all it takes for me) and knew I had to visit, even for just a few days!
SERRA DO CUME
After checking into Hotel Branco 2 (one of my more basic hotels) I made my way directly to Serra do Cume, an insane viewpoint overlooking the only flat lands of the island, and not surprisingly caused by a huge volcanic eruption! Something that will prove to be a theme during this trip.
- HOTEL – Hotel Branco II, 5.5/10, £55
DAILY TRAVEL STATS…
- Steps – 7,400
- Number of flights – 2
- Flight itinerary – TAP 05:40 Dublin-Lisbon / TAP 11:20 Lisbon – Terceira
- Miles covered – 2,707 miles
Another theme that will continue is the weather, being up on Serra Do Cume, the winds you get coming across the flat lands and up to the platform is insane. The landscape can only be described as a one-sided halfpipe so naturally the wind has nowhere else to go but straight up your muzzle!
- The highest point of Terceira is 1021 m, formed by the summit of the dormant Santa Barbara volcano, known as the Serra de Santa Bárbara.
- It is the second most inhabited island of the Azores.
- It takes 15-20 minutes to drive around Terceira.
- United States Forces Azores (USAFORAZ) is based at Lajes Field, Portugal near Lajes on Terceira Island in the Azores.
Green fields, cow shit and overcast, it’s as close to home as I could imagine!
A tour of Terceira, an absolute treat, click to read.
SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
- Did you think the Azores was more tropical?
- Do you enjoy colder weather or hotter weather?
- Beaches or fields?
Let me know in the comments below . . .