Lagoa do Capitão PR13PIC
How to get there
Head towards the centre of the island by the Longitudinal Road. Near the kilometre 21, follow the signs to Lagoa do Capitão, where the trail begins.
Appropriate footwear for walking, waterproof jacket, hat, sunscreen and water.
The trail starts at Planalto Central (central plateau), near Lagoa do Capitão (lagoon). Along this trail, it is possible to observe various habitats of endemic flora species and listen to the birds singing, or even observe some birds species.
The route ends near the São Pedro de Alcântara Franciscan Convent, currently a Youth Hostel.
The trail starts at Planalto Central (central plateau), near Lagoa do Capitão (lagoon). Along this trail, you can observe habitats of several species of endemic flora, many of them with protected status, highlighting the Platanthera micrantha, the Bellis azorica and the Sanicula azorica.
This is a very interesting route, where, besides the magnificent landscapes, you can also hear the singing birds, or even watch the Serinus canaria, the Turdus merula azorensis, the Fringilla coelebs moreletti, the Regulus regulus inermis, the Sylvia atricapilla gularis and the Motacilla cinerea patriciae.
You can see by the north of the lagoon, the fissure scarp of Lagoa do Capitão, habitat of several species of endemic flora, and the view over the São Roque do Pico village, with São Jorge Island in the background, and on the opposite side, you can admire the Pico Mountain.
During this route, you will find the Fonte (fountain), a 19th century structure, of which the waters come from the top of the hill and flow directly by a branched system of gutters and is then conducted to this reservoir.
At the end of this trail, you can see the São Pedro de Alcântara Franciscan Convent, construction of the 18th century, recently restored and transformed into a Youth Hostel.