Things to do in Graciosa Island
Things to do in Graciosa Island are linked to the many natural wonders of this amazing place where the Atlantic waters contrast with the volcanic landscape.
Things to do in Graciosa Island are one of its highlights along with its hotels, restaurants and gastronomy. Graciosa is the perfect place to enjoy il dolce far niente. The beauty of the landscape invites us to relaxation and long walks.
My favourite things to do in Graciosa Island
One of my top things to do in Graciosa Island is to wander around the villages, enjoying the traditional architecture of white houses that contrasts with the landscape painted with the dark tones of the volcanic and basalt rocks.
The Island has many natural wonders waiting for us. Discovering them is one of the best things to do in Graciosa Island. Graciosa Cauldron is the most iconic highlights of the Island. The magnificent circular depression on the place where used to be the top of the volcano that gave birth to Graciosa Island has 1600 meters of diameter and 350 meters depth. Classified as Regional Natural Monument the Cauldron houses the famed Furnas do Enxofre (Sulphur Cave). Furnas do Enxofre is a volcanic phenomenon consisting of a lagoon of warm and sulfurous waters inside a cave. On the crest of Graciosa Cauldron there is Maria Encantada Cave, a magnificent promontory formed by a lava tube of about 60 meters long.
The Natural Swimming Pools in Santa Cruz da Graciosa and in Carapacho are one of the best things to do in Graciosa Island. It’s a true pleasure to dive in the profound blue waters of the Atlantic surrounded by the dark colours of the volcanic and basaltic rock formations.
Enjoying the scenery from the natural Viewpoints of Monte da Ajuda is one of my top things to do in Graciosa Island. There are no words to describe the image of the beautiful Santa Cruz village and the Atlantic ahead.
One of the most sought for things to do in Graciosa Island is the Carapacho Thermal Waters, suitable for rheumatics and skin problems.
For those willing to find out more of about the rural lifestyle and history of the Island I advise a visit to the Ethnographic Museum in Santa Cruz.
Photo by Galeria de Zé Pinho