Touring the island of Graciosa.
Graciosa is a small and tranquil island, where the clocks seem to tick just that little bit slower. On no other island you will find so many farmers still using carriages drawn by horses or donkeys as transportation means or discover signs saying ‘No Cows Allowed’. Graciosa boasts very diverse landscapes where lush-green pastures, tree-covered hills and countless vineyards, neatly separated by walls of black volcanic stone prevail. Its soft coastline is marked by numerous small bays, breaches and promontories, with several tiny islets, preferred habitats of many bird species, enhancing its coasts, among which the most notable are the Ilhéu da Baleia shaped like a stranded whale hence its name off the north coast, the Ilhéu da Praia off the northeast coast and the Ilhéus de Baixo off the southeast coast.
Graciosa is easy to explore and has a good road network to get to its major attractions, even if at some places, especially in the north, it can get a bit confusing. But the good thing is that, as the island is so small, even if you get lost you won’t lose much time in finding your way again!
Major points of interest on the island of Graciosa:
Places to Visit: Santa Cruz da Graciosa Guadalupe Vila da Praia da Graciosa / São Matéus Caldeira, Furna do Enxofre, Furna de Abel & Gruta da Maria Encantada Carapacho, Ponta da Restinga & Ilhéu de Baixo Luz, Serra Branca and Serra Dormida, Porto Afonso, Ponta da Barca and Ilhéu da Baleia & Barro Vermelho