Miradouro das Lagoas - Poço do Bacalhau PR03FLO
How to get there
Leaving from Santa Cruz, take the Regional Road 1-2 towards the area of Matosa and turn right at the junction. Go through the Regional Road 2-2, on the interior of the island, and follow the detour to the Lagoas Negra e Comprida Viewpoint, clearly marked, between kilometres 8 and 9.
Appropriate footwear for walking, waterproof jacket, hat, sunscreen and water.
This trail begins at the Lagoas Negra e Comprida Viewpoint, at the interior of the island, and ends at Poço do Bacalhau, in Ponta da Fajã.
Along the way, there are different flora species of the Laurel Forest and several species of birds. The route is located in the Morro Alto e Pico da Sé Nature Reserve and the Zona Central e Falésias da Costa Oeste Protected Landscape Area.
Please leave any gates that you need to cross on the way as you found them.
Starting the trail at the viewpoint, follow the marks and circumvent the Lagoa Comprida to the right, among endemic flora such as Frangula azorica, Juniperus brevifolia and an extensive carpet of Sphagnum spp. Reaching Lagoa Seca, continue a few meters on the road until the marked entrance to the footpath on the left, which will pass alongside Lagoa Branca. This area may have some zones of stopped water and mud, so we recommend you to be careful.
Continue on the trail until you reach a red gravel path where you should turn right and go straight ahead, crossing the bridge of Ribeira do Ferreiro (stream). Walk another 1 kilometre and turn left onto a new dirt path that continues towards the cliff. There, go down the pasture on the right, crossing the gate and walking along the wall. Enjoy the view to the west coast, with Fajãzinha on your left and Fajã Grande in front. On foggy days, pay special attention not to lose sight of the orientation marks.
Go down the cliff until you find a stone staircase on the left that you should descend to Fajã Grande. When you reach the road, follow it until the sea and turn right to Poço do Bacalhau.