Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo

Graciosa

Great Route of Graciosa

Trail Info

The Great Route of Graciosa covers much of the island through a circular trail that alternates between coastal landscapes, especially several islets, and the inland volcanic landscapes over a total length of approximately 40 km.

Baia da Folga

Trail Information
Category - Linear
Difficulty - Easy
Extension - 2.1 km
Time average - 1h
Trail Info

This route begins in the centre of the village of Luz, near the local Holy Spirit chapel in the south of the island.

Start by going down the regional road for 600m and turn right at the dirt path. Follow the marks which will lead you along this path and through vineyards until you get close to the coast.

Follow the coastal path by some seaside goldenrods (Solidago sempervirens), African tamarisks (Tamarix africana) and endemic fescue (Festuca petraea) until you reach Portinho da Folga.

 

Volta à Caldeira - Furna do Enxofre

Trail Information
Category - Circular
Difficulty - Easy
Extension - 10.8 km
Time average - 3h
Trail Info

This trail begins at a fork on the regional road and the access path to the Caldeira [caldera], next to the lane of Canada Longa in the southeast of the island.

Start by climbing the asphalt road towards the caldera for 400m until you find a signpost at a fork. From here, walk along the perimeter of the caldera or head directly to the Furna do Enxofre [Sulphur Cave] located inside the caldera.

Serra Branca - Praia

Trail Information
Category - Linear
Difficulty - Easy
Extension - 8.7 km
Time average - 2h30m
Trail Info

This route begins in the hills of Serra Branca at Caldeirinha Hill. Go around this hill, which is a volcanic cone, and you will find a viewpoint over much of the island. Go down to a small pond where you should turn right.

After 1.2 km, turn left into the path of Canada Jorge Nunes, which will guide you to a place called Barro Branco.

Graciosa

NATURE

The White Island

Classified by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve, the island of Graciosa is the second smallest of the archipelago and is also the one with the least imposing terrain, with several flat areas and smooth hills. Pedras Brancas (White Stones), Serra Branca (White Hills) or Barro Branco (White Clay) are localities on the island whose name is related to the presence of a volcanic rock, the trachyte, which is common on the island and which, once rotten by the passing of time, gets a whitish colour which justifies the nickname of White Island.

GEOGRAPHY

The size of Graciosa, with 12.5 km in length and 7 km at its maximum width, provides the island with an elongated shape from the Northwest to Southeast. There are 4,391 habitants (2011 data) living on the island’s surface of 60.66 sq. It is the northernmost island from the five that make up the Central Group of the Azores Archipelago, with São Jorge, 37 km away, being the closest island. At an altitude of 405 metres, this island’s highest point is located in Caldeira at 39°01’17’’ latitude north and 27°57’59’’ longitude west.

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