Lajedo - Fajã Grande PR02FLO
How to get there
Leaving from the Church of Nossa Senhora dos Milagres (Our Lady of Miracles), in Lajedo, Lajes County, turn right next to the Império do Espírito Santo (a small hermitage in honour of the Holy Spirit) and climb up to the viewpoint where one can find the signage that marks the beginning of the trail.
Appropriate footwear for walking, waterproof jacket, hat, sunscreen and water.
This trail begins at Lajedo parish, goes through the parishes of Mosteiro and Fajãzinha and ends at Fajã Grande.
Following the elevation difference of the volcanic slopes that exist between the several parishes, during the path, it is possible to find many flora species of the Laurel Forest and observe several bird species.
Begin the trail on a footpath, next to the viewpoint overlooking the Ilhéu do Cartário (islet), and go straight until an asphalt road on Mosteiro. Turn left, pass the church square and proceed along the road until a cement road. Cross a small bridge over the Ribeira do Mosteiro (stream), proceed forward on a dirt path until the road and continue along this one to the place where the road draws a sharp right bend. At the end of the bend, is the path that goes down to the Caldeira’s centre. Proceed through a climb that will take one back to the asphalt road. Then, head to the first sharp bend in the road, turn left by the signalling arrow and proceed down the path toward Fajãzinha.
Arriving at the parish, proceed by the cobbled path, pass in front of the church and you will reach the small central square of the village, Rossio. Cross the parish following the signage, turn left by a footpath and proceed forward. At the end of the path, already in the Regional Road, find an old watermill and cross the bridge over the Ribeira Grande (stream). On the right, find a cobbled path that will take one to the Poço da Ribeira do Ferreiro (pond). Returning by the same path, cross over the bridge of Ribeira do Ferreiro (stream). Immediately after, turn right to an asphalt road. After 700 metres, enter a traditional cobblestone path and follow between small terrains of grassland to Fajã Grande. At Rua Senador André de Freitas (street), go through the last metres of the trail until the bathing area of the Fajã Grande.