Ponta Delgada - Fajã Grande PR1FLO
How to get there
Head towards Ponta Delgada parish, in Santa Cruz county. Take the road towards Albarnaz Lighthouse. Enter the detour (cement path that goes up a hill just before the lighthouse). Advancing about 1.5 kilometres you will find the beginning of the trail.
Appropriate footwear for walking, waterproof jacket, hat, sunscreen and water.
The trail begins in the parish of Ponta Delgada, goes through Ponta da Fajã and ends at Fajã Grande.
Along the trail, stands out the stone floor sections and pastures enclosed by stone walls. You can see Corvo Island, the Ilhéus de Maria Vaz and Monchique (islets) and find flora specimens, endemic avifauna and some migratory species that nest on the island.
Start the trail in Ponta Delgada, next to the hermitage of Nossa Senhora da Guia. Follow the asphalt path, at the fork near the Albarnaz Lighthouse, turn left and go up the cement road to find an old path on your right. Proceed through this one until a climb on the left. Continue until you reach the edge of the sea-cliff where you can find some wooden stairs and then start the descent on a sloped floor with steps in natural stone. After the accentuated decline, you will find again the path that will take you for a traditional cobblestone path to Ponta da Fajã.
Several streams cross the trail and its floor is uneven. Sometimes, becomes slippery in these places, so it is not advisable to make it after periods of heavy rainfall. Arriving at Ponta da Fajã, you find the traditional stone houses and yards with typical “inhames” (taros) (Colocasia esculenta). Continue down the road toward Fajã Grande where you can find a bathing area, picnic park, bars and restaurants. Here you can regain strength enjoying the landscape.
Along the way, you will find endemic flora specimens, as well as various species of birds.