Fajã de Lopo Vaz PRC4FLO
How to get there
From the building of the “Paços do Concelho” (Town Hall) of Lajes das Flores, by the Regional Road 1-2, go on until you find a sign indicating the detour to Fajã de Lopo Vaz, between kilometres 18 and 19. After entering the detour, proceed until you find the viewpoint at the end of the dead-end road, where you will find the beginning of the trail sign.
Appropriate footwear for walking, waterproof jacket, hat, sunscreen and water.
This trail begins and ends by the Fajã de Lopo Vaz Viewpoint.
During the walk, one can see small waterfalls, bird species of the Azores and beautiful examples of endemic flora or some introduced species. A revealing aspect of anthropogenic action on this site is its microclimate, reputed as the hottest of Flores Island.
Go down from the Fajã de Lopo Vaz Viewpoint and, after the first slope, you will arrive at a place where water runs between the Cryptomeria japonica. Below, go down the sea-cliff along a stone staircase and, just in front, you can see the Ponta da Rocha Alta. On your right side sprout small waterfalls where bloom Nasturtium officinale. In the distance, you can observe the Fajã de Lopo Vaz and start the final descent towards the sand area, where you can find a beach.
To explore the Fajã, reaching the first house, instead of going to the sand area, you can go on the old track, which divides the Fajã almost in half. Passing through small houses that come up in surprising places, continue along the path until it gets lost in the lands of the west border of the Fajã.
The return has to be done on the same road until you get back to the entry of the trail, in the Fajã de Lopo Vaz Viewpoint.
A revealing aspect of anthropogenic action on this site is its microclimate, reputed as the hottest of Flores Island. In fact, are produced here the biggest Musa sp. of the island, as well as Ficus sp., Vitis sp. and Psidium littorale.