Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo

Pico

Quintas e Ribeiras

Trail Information
Category - Linear
Difficulty - Medium
Extension - 12.5 km
Time average - 4h
Trail Info

The trail, “Quintas e Ribeiras” begins on the main road, (Estrada Regional), in “Ribeira Seca”.

Follow this asphalt road. Next to the old school descend along an old lane that was used of the transportation of grapes to “Pontes”.

Caminho das Lagoas

Trail Information
Category - Linear
Difficulty - Easy
Extension - 22 km
Time average - 7h
Trail Info

This trail is a journey through the island’s interior and its pure state.

The trail begins at Estrada Transversal, nearby the forest services’ house, and ends in the parish of Ribeirinha.

Along the trail, you will find the lakes of Caiado, Lagoa Seca, Lagoas do Peixinho, Lagoa do Paúl, among others. There are also some high-altitude pastures.

When taking this trail, you will also go through the Caveiro Nature Reserve.

Nove Canadas da Ribeirinha

Trail Information
Category - Linear
Difficulty - Easy
Extension - 10 km
Time average - 4h 00m
Trail Info

This trail begins on the regional road in Terra Alta in the village of Ribeirinha.

Start by going down a path lined with Australian cheesewood (Pittosporum undulatum), fire trees (Morella faya), Azores laurel (Laurus azorica) and holly (Ilex azorica subsp. azorica). After 1km you will reach an asphalt road which leads to the Alto dos Cedros Viewpoint, from where you will see part of the north coast of Pico and the island of São Jorge.

Mistérios do Sul do Pico

Trail Information
Category - Linear
Difficulty - Easy
Extension - 8.5 km
Time average - 3h
Trail Info

The trail “Mistérios do Sul do Pico” begins at the Parque florestal de São João and passes the two Mysteries (São João and Silveira). Historically the name Mysteries (“Mistérios”) was applied to the lava fields created by volcanic eruptions that formed the islands. The first inhabitants had no idea how they were formed and therefore began calling them mysteries of nature.

Follow the beaten dirt track to the right of the picnic and barbecue area and then follow the dirt path to your left. This path will lead you to the tidal pool known as “Baía do Arruda” (on the left).

Santana – Lajido

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

This trail begins at the regional road on the border between the villages of Santana and São Vicente Ferreira.Before starting the trail visit the whale lookout by walking along the access lane on the left.

Start this route on a route between two houses which lies upstream. After 700m, turn right to an asphalt road and, soon after, start the descent towards the Gasparal Bay amid orchards and vineyards.

Prainha do Norte

Trail Information
Category - Circular
Difficulty - Easy
Extension - 8 km
Time average - 2h30
Trail Info

This short circular route begins in the garden at the centre of Prainha do Norte.

First climb up a lane which crosses small cultivated fields until you come to a tunnel, which leads to a path called the “Caminho da Ribeira de Nossa Senhora”, where there is a group of houses, most of which have been abandoned, lying on the opposite bank of the stream which runs alongside the path. Beautiful stone bridges have been built across the stream, giving access to the first houses built in this area, which today are part of the Non-movable Heritage of Pico Island.

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