Terceira is the second biggest island in terms of population, with about 57,000 residents. It is part of the five islands of the Central Group, with Sao Jorge, Graciosa, Pico and Faial, the closest island being Sao Jorge, only 40km away. Terceira’s area is about 400km2, or 30km long and 18km large.
The highest point of the island is at Serra de Santa Bárbara, up to 1,021m above the sea level.
Angra played an important role for internal trade of regional products from other islands in the 15th and 16th centuries. It happens that the island is also rich of precious metals and exotic spices, coveted by corsairs from England and France.
With a manufacturing production, whaling on the island of Terceira began in 1885. Today, Casa dos Botes, in the harbor of São Mateus is a museum where you can see some boats used during whaling and, perhaps cross with some ex-whaler available to tell some of the most interesting stories of “whales men”.
The main economic activity of Terceira is livestock and dairy products. Nowadays, tourism also plays an important role in Terceira, just as for all the Azores Islands.