Lajedo - Fajã Grande PR2FLO
How to get there
Leaving from the Church of Nossa Senhora dos Milagres, in Lajedo, Lajes county, turn right next to the empire (a small hermitage) of Espírito Santo and climb up to the viewpoint where you can find the beginning of the trail sign.
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.
The trail follows the gaps 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 many bird species.
Begin the trail on a footpath, next to the viewpoint overlooking the Ilhéu do Cartário (islet). Go straight until you find an asphalt road on Mosteiro. Turn left, pass the church square and proceed along the road to find another cement road. Cross a small bridge over the Ribeira do Mosteiro (stream). Proceed forward on a dirt path until you reach the road and continue along this one to the place where the road draws a harsh right curve. At the end of the curve is the path that goes down the centre of the Caldeira. Proceed for a climb that will take you back to the paved road. Then, head to the first harsh curve in the road, turn left to by the signalling arrow and proceed down the path toward Fajãzinha.
Arriving at the parish, proceed by the paved road, pass in front of the church and you will reach the central small square of the village, Rossio. Cross the town following the signs, turn left by a footpath and proceed forward. At the end of the path, already in the Regional Road, find an old water mill and cross the bridge over the Ribeira Grande (stream). On the right, find a paved path that will take you to the Poço da Ribeira do Ferreiro (pond), one of the most beautiful places of the archipelago. Returning the same way cross over the bridge of Ribeira do Ferreiro. Immediately after, turn right to a paved 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 meters of the trail to the bathing area of the Fajã Grande.
Along the trail, are several species of Laurel Forest and various species of birds.