Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo

Chá Porto Formoso - São Miguel PRC 26 SMI closed trail

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Trail Info

This small circular walk begins next to the view point of Vista dos Barcos, village of Porto Formoso, going through the Tea Factory and its plantations.

Go right, up the street, until the coffee house where you should turn right again to a land road. Along the road you come across some crops where you can see some typical shelters that protect fruit trees from the bad seasonal weather. At the end, turn left and go up until the regional road. Carefully, cross the road and continue the walk along a pedestrian road, shaded by some big trees like Australian Cheesewood (Pittosporum undulatum), Australian Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) and Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus). To reach the tea plantations, it is necessary to overcome Grota das Lajes and climb the hill, where you can find the tea plant – Camellia sinensis. Once you reach the concrete road, go down until you get to the regional road again, cross it carefully and turn left towards the Tea Factory of Porto Formoso, founded in the 1920’s decade. Proceed the trail turning right through a pasture that accesses farms where local products such as yams, oranges and bananas are grown.

Soon after you will arrive to the departure point, near the viewpoint to the fishing harbour.

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Trail Information

Category - Circular
Difficulty - Medium
Extension - 4.8 km
Time average - 02h00
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