Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo

Pico da Vara - São Miguel PRC7SMI

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Trail Info

This trail begins in Algarvia and ends in Pico da Vara (the highest point on the island of São Miguel: 1,103m). These trails were used in the past to reach the scrubland where charcoal was produced and cattle grazed. 

The trail begins through a cedar wood. On days when it is very damp it is advisable to keep to the right close to the cedars because the track can become very slippery in the middle.

After about 1 km walking uphill, the cedar wood gives way to a landscape of low-lying, plants, mainly grasses, which give the plateau its name: Graminhais.

Further on you will come to a fork in the track where you should turn left for Pico da Vara. From this point on you will be able to see the south coast of São Miguel. After around 500 m you will come to the spot marked to show where a French plane crashed in 1949.

From this point it is 1 500 m to Pico da Vara. Close to your destination you will find the first turning to the left that marks the way to Santo António, but do not take this road because it is not safe.

Visit first Pico da Vara, where there is a geodesic, then proceed your descent.

This trail goes through an area classified as a special protection zone where, with luck, you just might catch a glimpse of the Azores bullfinch Phyrrula murina (an endangered species).

We are all responsible for helping to protect the area and for ensuring its biodiversity by conserving this natural habitat.


Trail Information

Category - Circular
Difficulty - Hard
Extension - 7 km
Time average - 3h
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