Sant’Ana - Lajido PR10PIC
How to get there
Head towards the locality of Sant'Ana, Santo António parish, in São Roque county and you will find the sign of the walking trail.
Appropriate footwear for walking, waterproof jacket, hat, sunscreen and water.
This route starts at the Vigia da Baleia (whale lookout) in Sant’Ana, in Santo António parish. It is a path that crosses a rural location, near the coast and in an area classified by UNESCO as World Heritage.
Runs through the coastal centres of Sant’Ana, Cabrito, Arcos and Lajido and ends near the Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture Interpretation Centre, in Lajido de Santa Luzia.
Start the trail in the Vigia da Baleia (whale lookout) in Sant´Ana, in Santo António parish, built in the 20th century and was used for observing the sea in search of the great cetaceans. Here, is perfectly visible the Arriba Fóssil do Gasparal (fossil sea-cliff), as well as the old coastline that existed before climbed by lavas from a more recent eruption, creating a new rocky platform by the sea.
In this coastal area, which is an important nesting site of the species Calonectris borealis, you can observe some typical wineries and the Chapel of São Mateus (17th/18th century).
Going further to the west, dominated by lava fields, you can observe several geological formations such as ropy lava and tumuli. This landscape unit is also marked by an extensive system of stone walls that form plots for the vineyard culture (rectangular and quadrangular) and fig cultivation (semi circular), giving the idea of being towards a black desert, punctuated by small buildings built along the coast, born of the need for production, storage and outflow of wine and brandies, currently, many of them turned into summer houses.
The trail ends near the Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture Interpretation Centre, in Lajido de Santa Luzia.