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Although only a few km from Sao Jorge, Graciosa is "the land that time forgot". It is difficult to reach and as such has remained practically untouched by tourism.

Although somewhat forgotten, Graciosa, as well as having a charm and tranquility that is difficult to match elsewhere, is home to one of the most important, impressive and least visited attractions within the archipelago. Towards the southeast side of the island, hidden within its interior, you will find a huge volcanic crater, containing an unexpected heavenly oasis of vegetation and wildlife that seems devoid in the rest of the island. Further exploration within the crater takes you to the Furna do Enxofre, (sulphur cavern) home to a huge, geologically unique lava cave and underground crater lake.

Highlights: Spend a couple of days walking or driving through Graciosa. Make sure you visit the Cave, reach the summit of Pico Timao and spend 15 minutes in the renowned thermal baths at Carapacho. Test the locally made cakes they are fantastic. Read more about our Graciosa adventures

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Fast Facts

  • Graciosa is the second smallest island in the archipelago.
  • Graciosa is 12.5 km long, 8.5 km at its widest, and with a total land area of 62 sq. km.
  • The highest point (Pico Timao) reaches 398 m (1035 ft).
  • With just over 5,000 inhabitants Graciosa accounts for approximately 3% of the population of the archipelago.

  • Furna do Enxofre - a worldwide unique geological phenomenon of a volcanic vault with a lagoon of warm sulphurous water, reached via a 270ft spiral staircase. Best visited between 11am and 2pm due to the sun light.
  • Furna da Maria Encantada - a 2m high largely intact part of a lava tunnel, at whose end you have a panoramic view of Graciosa's main crater Caldeira.
  • Termas do Carapacho - thermal waters, naturally heated and rich in sulphor are used to treat rheumatic and skin deseases.
  • Ilheu da Baleia - a natural islet resembling the shape of a whale (baleia).
  • Caldeirinha - a hill from where you will see most of Graciosa, and on clear days also the islands of Terceira, Sao Jorge, Pico and Faial.

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