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Serreta PRC3TER

Type: circular
Dificulty: medium
Length: 7Km
Duration: 2h30
Altitude (Min / Max): 203m / 784m


How to get there

Access to the trail is made by Canada da Fonte (path) from the Regional Road 1-1, in Serreta parish, and starts in an agricultural paved path located by the trail sign. It is located about 21 kilometres, by road, from the centre of Angra do Heroísmo.

Recommended gear

Appropriate footwear for walking, waterproof jacket, hat, sunscreen and water.

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This trail passes through the Planalto Central e Costa Noroeste Protected Area and the Serra de Santa Bárbara e dos Mistérios Negros Nature Reserve.

During the trail, it is possible to observe very diverse vegetation, which includes endemic flora specimens. On about half the way of the trail is the Lagoinha, a small lagoon surrounded by a juniper forest. Another highlight is the Ribeira do Além (stream).

The trail begins and ends on a section surrounded by altitude pastures and, on its borders, by exotic vegetation such as Rubus ulmifolius and Hedychium gardnerianum that will gradually give way to native flora specimens as Erica azorica and Morella faya. On the floor, you can see small fragments of obsidian ("volcanic glass"). As we advance on the way up, the Juniperus brevifolia and the Laurus azorica become more abundant. Usually, birds are also present through endemic subspecies of the Azores, such as Turdus merula azorensis), Regulus regulus inermis and Buteo buteo rothschildi.

Arriving at a dirt path, turn right until the end of this path, entering on a footpath until you find a second path, where you should turn right again. Further on, climb to Pico da Lagoinha (peak) and contemplate this small lagoon and the primitive vegetation that surrounds the entire peak. On top of this volcanic cone, you can sight the parishes of Serreta, Raminho and Altares.

Go down and retake the path on the left, enter a pasture that will lead to a path that runs alongside the Ribeira do Além (stream). Continue to a small viewpoint where you can enjoy some details of this water line. Continue the descent to enter a Cryptomeria japonica forest, and, further on, you will find a path flanked by Hydrangea macrophylla, an ornamental introduced species, leading to the end of the trail (starting point).

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