Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo

Baías da Agualva - Terceira PR02 TER closed trail


Trail Info

This trail is partially integrated in protected area for habitat or species management of Costa das Quatro Ribeiras of Terceira’s Natural Park, also classified as Special Area of Preservation in the context of Natura 2000. This route, along the North coast of the island, connects the villages of Agualva to Quatro Ribeiras.

Begin the trail on the dirt road accessing agricultural fields until Grota da Lagoa. Go along the water line towards Alagoa da Fajãzinha. This fajã, a good example of a filling fajã, was formed after a lava stroke that climbed a cliff creating a new barrier. The formed fitting bay was later on fulfilled by debris of the cave springs and by the sea that fit the rock, forming a pebble beach.

Follow the marks until the pebble beach and after go up the cliff on the left with predominance of endemic flora such as Azorean Heather (Erica azorica). On the top you will find a small viewpoint overseeing Alagoa da Fajãzinha. Continue the walk and turn right to a viewpoint where it is possible to see cliff areas with phenomena of columnar jointing.

Return to the road where you can see rare exemplars of Azores Cedar (Juniperus brevifolia) of low altitude. Continue along the cliff passing by Baía das Pombas, a privileged place for bird watching, with the presence of Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) in the summer, Rock Dove (Columba livia) and Azores Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus azorica) all year round.

Proceed until Ponta do Mistério from where it is possible to see Ponta das Quatro Ribeiras. Go round the cliff until you reach the main road, place where the trail ends.


Trail Information

Category - Linear
Difficulty - Medium
Extension - 3.8 km
Time average - 2h00
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