Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo

São Jorge

Great Route of São Jorge

Trail Info

*NOTE: THERE IS WORK IN PROGRESS TO CHANGE THE PATH NEAR FAJÃ DOS BODES (CHECK PR3 SJO)

The Great Route of São Jorge covers approximately half of the Island, in a linear route that connects the parish of Topo, in the Eastern part of the Island, with the Fajã dos Cubres, on the North coast. It has an extension of approximately 41,5 km.

Norte Pequeno

Trail Information
Category - Circular
Difficulty - Medium
Extension - 11 km
Time average - 3h 00m
Trail Info

This circular route, on the North coast of the island, allow us to visit the Fajãs do Mero, Penedia and Pontas.

This trail begins in the outskirts of the Parish Council of Norte Pequeno and from here continues inside the village towards the sea. Following the marks, you will find a dirt road on your left, where you should follow. In this road accessing agricultural fields, there are Azorean Heather (Erica azorica) and also an area of water collection for local consumption.

Fajã dos Vimes - Fragueira - Portal

Trail Information
Category - Linear
Difficulty - Medium
Extension - 3.2 km
Time average - 1h 30m
Trail Info

This linear route begins in Fajã dos Vimes, pass by Fajã da Fragueira and ends in Portal, along the South coast of the island

The trail initiates near the recreation port, bathing area where it is possible to dive into the Atlantic waters. Still inside Fajã, profit to visit the handicraft workshop where the traditional quilts are made and taste a coffee produced locally.

Fajã de Além

Trail Information
Category - Circular
Difficulty - Hard
Extension - 5 km
Time average - 3h
Trail Info

This trail begins next to the Ermida de Santo António [St. Anthony’s Chapel] in Norte Grande.

Start by going down the asphalt road for 400m and then turn left. After about 700m you will reach a viewpoint with wooden railings overlooking Fajã do Além.

From here on, take the stone stairway down to the houses of this fajã [strip of land by the sea]. Note that, while descending, you will see water running off from the rocks in several spots.

On arrival at the fajã follow the markings past various houses. En route, visit Mr. Moisés’s mill if you wish.

Pico do Pedro – Pico da Esperança – Fajã do Ouvidor

Trail Information
Category - Linear
Difficulty - Medium
Extension - 17 km
Time average - 4h
Trail Info

This linear route goes through the central area of the island along the mountain range. It starts at Pico do Pedro, passing by Pico da Esperança, highest point of the island with 1053 m and ends in Fajã do Ouvidor in the North coast.

Begin the trail at the base of Pico do Pedro, near the road EN3, through a dirt road. Go around this Pico by the North slope and follow the marks until you find the arrow with the detour to Pico da Esperança. Until there, the walk surrounds several other peaks such as Carvão, Junça, Verde, Montoso and Morro Pelado.

Fajã dos Vimes – Fajã de São João

Trail Information
Category - Linear
Difficulty - Hard
Extension - 10 km
Time average - 3h30m
Trail Info

*NOTE: THERE IS WORK IN PROGRESS TO CHANGE THE PATH NEAR FAJÃ DOS BODES. (IN THIS PLACE, IN CASE OF STORMY SEA, AVOID THE ROLLED PEBBLE)

This route begins in Fajã dos Vimes by a quay and an old fountain.

Start by walking the dirt trail to Fajã dos Bodes, passing by a watercourse. After walking by this fajã [strip of land by the sea], continue along the path, which climbs to Lourais amid Australian cheesewood (Pittosporum undulatum) and fire trees (Morella faya).

Serra do Topo - Fajã dos Vimes

Trail Information
Category - Linear
Difficulty - Hard
Extension - 5.3 km
Time average - 2h30m
Trail Info

This linear route begins near the Eolic Park of Serra do Topo and ends at Fajã dos Vimes. Along the trail and whenever necessary to cross a gate, always leave it closed.

Begin the trail along the regional road, heading South until you find a dirt road on your left, flanked by Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla).

Serra do Topo - Caldeira do Santo Cristo – Fajã dos Cubres

Trail Information
Category - Linear
Difficulty - Medium
Extension - 10 km
Time average - 2h30m
Trail Info

This route starts at the hills of Serra do Topo next to the car park and close to the wind farm.

Start by climbing a wide trail, flanked by hydrangeas, until you reach a water tank.

Then head down a route amid species of endemic flora, such as the Azores heather, the Azores juniper, the Azores blueberry and the Azores sanicle. The trail is partially made of dirt and stone.

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