Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo

Fajã Grande - Ponta Delgada - Flores PR1FLO

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Trail Info

This route begins in the vicinity of the quay of Fajã Grande in the western part of the island.

Start by taking the asphalt road towards Ponta da Fajã. Once through this village, entre the path along the cliff until you find a sign telling you to turn right. A little further ahead, the shortcut crosses an area rich in endemic species, especially large Azores junipers (Juniperus brevifolia).

You will then take a steep climb to Rocha do Risco, wheresome areas can be quite dangerous; therefore, you should take extra care.

After passing through a wooden stairway, turn left and continue on the coastal path where species alternate between the endemic Azores heather (Erica azorica) and hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla). Here, you can see the Maria Vaz Islet and the island of Corvo.

When you reach the asphalt road, turn left and descend for 1.2 km until you reach the sign pointing to the Albarnaz Lighthouse. After visiting Europe’s westernmost lighthouse, continue to Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Guia [Chapel of Our Lady of the Guide]. From here, go up the tarmac road until you reach the centre of Ponta Delgada, near the Casa do Povo.

This route is not recommended for people with vertigo.

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Trail Information

Category - Linear
Difficulty - Hard
Extension - 13 km
Time average - 4h30
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