Caminho dos Burros - Vertente Norte PR2PIC
How to get there
Follow the Cross Road and find the intersection of the Caminho das Lagoas. Follow it and find the respective signage at about 2.4 kilometres.
Appropriate footwear for walking, waterproof jacket, hat, sunscreen and water.
This is a linear trail that develops in an ancient communication route linking the north coast to the south coast. It goes through the Mistério da Prainha Nature Reserve, ending in the Baía das Canas (bay).
Along this trail, it can be observed habitats and species of rare and endemic flora and fauna with Community Interest. It is a landscape strongly marked by lava flows emitted in the historic eruption of 1562-64 (the longest historical eruption of the Azores).
The trail begins in the Planalto Central (central plateau) area, at about 830 metres of altitude. It develops on an ancient communication route that served as a link between the population of the north coast and south coast of the island and it goes through the Mistério da Prainha Nature Reserve.
In this section, you can observe several geological formations such as ropy lavas, driblet lavas, small lava tubes and volcanic cones that originated the Mistério da Prainha between 1562-64, the longest historical eruption of the Azores.
There is a wide variety of species of endemic flora, many of them with protected status, such as Euphorbia stygiana stygiana, Juniperus brevifolia, Arceuthobium azoricum, Vaccinium cylindraceum, Daboecia azorica, Leontodon filii and Platanthera micrantha.
Crossing the Prainha Forest Park, you can enjoy a view over a large lava platform, the Ponta do Mistério, currently, being a place of nesting of the species Larus michahellis atlantis. From the viewpoint of the Park, watch the Baía das Canas (bay) and almost all the northern slopes of the island. In this place, you can take a break to rest or enjoy a snack.
The trail ends in the Baía das Canas, where there is a beach of pebble and several traditional wineries and allows you to get an overview of the entire coastline to the tip of the island.