Terceira is the second most inhabited island of the Azores Archipelago distancing 1,600 km from mainland Europe (Portugal) and 2,454 km from the North American continent (Canada). The central zone of the city of Angra do Heroísmo in Terceira Island is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1983. This classification came due to its design and architecture, as well as the historic importance it had during the age of maritime discovery.
All nine islands have a moderate climate, with Terceira displaying temperatures oscillating between 11 °C (52 °F) in the winter and 26 °C (79 °F) during the summer. Terceira represents the largest area of native forest in the archipelago commonly known as the Laurissilva forest. It has a Network of Path Walks Classified by the Regional Government of the Azores, guaranteeing safety and reassurance to walkers. Other popular activities include visits to the lava tube cave (“Algar do Carvão”) and other volcanic landscapes, whale and dolphin watching, golf, scuba diving, yachting, bird watching and surfing.
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