Porto Calhau - Manhenha PR03PIC
How to get there
Head towards Piedade parish, Lajes do Pico county, following the road in front of Nossa Senhora da Piedade Church, towards the Calhau.
Appropriate footwear for walking, waterproof jacket, hat, sunscreen and water.
The trail begins in Porto do Calhau (harbour), in Piedade parish, and ends at the Porto da Manhenha (harbour).
It is made mainly through old paths along the coast, which were used by fishers, and runs through the Cultura da Vinha – Ponta da Ilha Protected Landscape Area.
On a section of this route, there is a nesting area for the bird species Sterna hirundo and Sterna dougallii, so between May and July, should be made the alternative route marked on site.
Start the trail, climbing about 200 metres up the asphalt and turn left, on the path that passes the Ermida de Nossa Senhora de Cima da Rocha (chapel), built in 1854.
Then follow the markings on the ground, for about 2 kilometres, that will lead you through vineyards and old houses.
Then, continue along the sea, over the basaltic stone slabs on very uneven pavement. Approximately 1.5 kilometres later, climb the steps and follow the gravel path until you reach the house of Engrade. Here you have the chance to continue directly to Manhenha or continue the trail on the left.
If you choose to go directly to Manhenha, follow the asphalt section until the lighthouse.
Otherwise, follow to the left on the shortcut that skirts some bays until the Manhenha Lighthouse, which must be circumvented on the left.
In the proximity of the lighthouse, is one of the richest coastal habitat regarding the diversity of endemic flora species, mostly with protection status, highlighting the Lotus azoricus and the Myosotis maritima.
When you reach the asphalt, continue for 700 metres until you reach Porto da Manhenha, where the trail ends.