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Ribeirinha

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This viewpoint is located on the old motocross track recovered by the Faial Nature Park. From here, we can see much of the east coast of Faial and the parish of Ribeirinha.

Integrated into the Volcanic Complex of Ribeirinha with formations of about 800 thousand years old, this northeastern area is the oldest of the island, originated in the first formation phase of Faial, the ancient Ribeirinha volcano. Established in 1666, this parish occupies a total area of ​​11.27 square kilometres and comprises the places of Ribeirinha and Espalhafatos. It offers one of the most spectacular views of the so-called “Ilhas do Triângulo” (Triangle Islands) - Faial, Pico and São Jorge – and, sometimes, of Graciosa Island.

With the ocean as background, it glimpses by the north the elongated cut of fissure volcanism on São Jorge Island and, a little west of this, more distant and often invisible, Graciosa Island. Nearest and majestic, at east lies the island of Pico, on the other side of the water channel, whose largest volcanic cone rises to 2351 metres above sea level, corresponding to the highest mountain in Portugal. By the south is the hill so-called Lomba Grande with a maximum altitude of 543 metres and partially covered by forest with natural species of the Azores, with landscapes of extraordinary beauty.

The viewpoint is built on top of another elevation, Lomba da Ribeirinha, with a maximum altitude of 309 metres, which extends the plateau of Trás-da-Serra. This plateau houses most of the agricultural lands of the area where there were tens of “atafonas” (houses where was stored agricultural products) to support agriculture, typical constructions in stone and several natural viewpoints destroyed by the 1998 earthquake.

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