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Graciosa is referred to as the White Island, the northernmost of the Central Group of islands in the Azores. the ovular Portuguese island has an area og 60 square kilometres. Graciosa is a volcanic island, dominated by a 1.6 km wide central caldera located in the southeast. The coast of Graciosa is rough and rocky but generally low, except in the northwest along the Serra Branca. Graciosa has also got two shallow bays, situated in the southeast and southwest corresponding to fishing ports. Although it is small, Graciosa has a lot of wonderful attractions, many restaurants as well as many accommodations. Discover the must see sights and events by yourself and make the most of your holiday in Graciosa.
Top Attractions Within Graciosa
Praia de Graciosa is one of the biggest craters in Graciosa. This crater, from which there are extensive views. On the floor of the crater is the Furna do Enxofre, a cavern formed by the collapse of a layer of solidified lava after the outflow of the molten lava below. In the cavern are a small warm lake and several fumaroles of carbonic acid. It is a unique and wonderful place to visit, that must not be missed.
Termas do Carapacho are located in the extreme south of Graciosa. This spa provides a haven of relaxation, peace and calm. It also has subterranean healing springs for rheumatic ailments. What better way to relax than to indulge yourself in a relaxing spa treatment? There is also a restaurant, where you can eat some of the finest Portuguese delicacies.
Santa Cruz da Graciosa is a chief place on the Graciosa island and its principal port. The town lies in a small plain on the northeast coast. The little town was founded in 1485. The main landmarks consist in a parish church dating back to 1701, that has a fine altar. Santa Cruz is the typical Portuguese village, with white houses, clean beaches, great food and excellent wine.