Miradouro das Lagoas - Poço do Bacalhau PR3FLO
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 and ends at Poço do Bacalhau, in Ponta da Fajã.
Along the way, there are different flora species of Laurel Forest and you can observe several species of birds. The route is located in the Morro Alto e Pico da Sé Nature Reserve and the Zona Central e Costa Oeste Protected Landscape Area.
Follow by a footpath along an extensive peatbog mat (Sphagnum spp.). Walk about 1 kilometre and find the Caldeira Seca. Continue a few meters on the road to climb until you find marked the entrance to the footpath on the left. This area may have some zones of stopped water and mud, it is recommended to have some caution. After a few metres, you will find the Lagoa Branca (lagoon), an excellent place for birdwatching.
Continuing on the trail, you will come to a dirt path. Turn right and go straight across the bridge of Ribeira do Ferreiro (stream). Walk over 1 kilometre and turn left onto a new dirt path that goes towards the sea-cliffs. Then proceed down the pasture by your right. To your left, you see the Fajãzinha and in front the Fajã Grande. A little further ahead you will find, on the left, a wooden gate that gives access to an old stone staircase. Transpose the gate and go down the steps towards the pastures of Fajã Grande. Continue the path along the Ribeira das Casas to the Poço do Bacalhau.
Along the way, there are several species of flora of the Laurel Forest, as well as several species of avifauna.