Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo

Costa Sul - Santa Maria PR5SMA

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Trail Info

This route connects Vila do Porto to Praia Formosa, village of Almagreira, place where takes place the oldest musical festival of the country, Maré de Agosto.

Begin the trail near the Fortress of São Brás, military construction from the 17th c., with a view over the bay of Calhau da Roupa and the commercial harbor of the island. Follow by the dirt road until the stream of São Francisco, where it is possible to observe several species of migrating birds, especially in the Fall/Winter such as the Grey Heron (Ardea cinérea), the Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), the Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) and the Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata).

The route continues towards Pedreira do Campo, a Geosite classified as Natural Monument where the presence of marine fossils confirms part of the local geological history.

Continue until you pass the artificial cave of Figueiral, where once upon a time clay was extracted for the production of roof tiles and limestone for the production of lime, resources used on the construction of the typical houses of the island.

Along the climb to Touril it is possible to see some species of birds like the Buzzard (Buteo buteo rothschildi), the Rock Dove (Columba livia), Santa Maria Goldcrest (Regulus regulus sanctae mariae) but also you can be surprised by European Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus algirus).

Follow the marks along a dirt road entering a wood, on the right, that go down until Prainha. Arriving to this bathing area, continue the trail along the coast, carefully, due to the danger of vertigo. At this stage of the trail there is a steel cable to help on the crossing.

Pass by the ruins of the Fortress of São João Baptista and right ahead, a crossroad connecting to Cardal, through the GR 01 SMA – Grand Route of Santa Maria. The trail ends ahead, at the parking place of Praia Formosa, unique in the Azores by the presence of limestone sand.

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Trail Information

Category - Linear
Difficulty - Medium
Extension - 7 km
Time average - 3h00
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