Half day rides

This trail starts at Vista do Rei viewpoint, ends in the parish of Sete Cidades and has the total estimated time of about 2 hours. It starts on the western side of Cumeeira da Caldeira das Sete Cidades (Caldeira’s highest point). On this part of the trail you can observe the following: on your right-hand side Caldeira Seca and Sete Cidades lakes and on your left-hand side the western coast of S. Miguel island. Follow this unpaved track until you reach a tarmacked road that links Mosteiros to Sete Cidades. Go to the right and descend as far as you have an unpaved track on your left. Go along this track until you find a bifurcation. This is the point where this trail crosses trail PR4 SMI (as seen in the map). Here turn to the right and descend to the parish of Sete Cidades.

This trail runs through a zone classified as Protected Landscape and, for this reason, we all have not only the responsibility of contributing to its protection, but also of ensuring its biodiversity through the conservation of this natural habitat.

Info:
Distance:7 km.
Duration:2 horas.
Difficulty:Easy.
Equipment:Appropriate footwear;
Sunscreen;
Sunglasses;
Raincoat.

This trail begins and ends at the parking lot used by visitors to Rocha da Relva, and it takes around 2h30m. The descent to Rocha da Relva is by a narrow path dug out of the cliff. It is an easy track and presents no major risk.

Not far into the trail you will come to a fork in the track where you can either turn left to visit Rocha do Cascalho first, before continuing the descent to Rocha da Relva.

This is the only track leading down to Rocha de Relva, located on a terrace of rock fall material (fajã) of which there are many on the island of São Jorge, but few on São Miguel. Once on the fertile terrace you will see many wine cellars, the result of the microclimate that is just right for vineyards, fig trees and fruit and vegetable production. Walkers are asked not to pick fruit along the way.

The return is by the same route.

Info:
Distance:4.5 km.
Duration:2h 30m.
Difficulty:Easy.
Equipment:Appropriate footwear;
Sunscreen;
Sunglasses;
Raincoat.

This short circular trail begins and ends near the Gorreana Tea Factory.

Carefully cross the regional highway towards the main gate to the entrance of the tea plantation and keep straight ahead until you see a sign to turn to the left. This is the upward part of the trail, which follows a dirt path across the tea plantation.

About 1.200 metres from the start of the trail, you will cross a stone bridge which will take you into an area of pastureland and woods.

About 450 metres further on you will find a group of agricultural buildings to your right. Keep straight ahead across more tea plantations and then more pastureland.

After crossing a wood of Japanese red cedar, turn left towards the highest point on the trail. Just a little further on, you will see drinking troughs for cattle to your right.

After another 100 metres, at the top of the pasture, turn right and walk towards the Casa do Mirante, a house now in ruins, from which you get a wonderful sweeping view over the north coast of the island, from Pico da Vara, to the east, to Ribeirinha, to the northwest. Down below lie the tea plantations and the Gorreana Tea Factory.

Go back down the same path and at the end of this stretch you will see a sign indicating a left turn across a field. Keep on alongside a thicket of Japanese red cedar, skirting the pastureland until you get back onto the path, where you should turn left.

About 200 metres further on, near an old farmhouse, take the path to your left which will take you back to the entrance to the tea plantation. The final stretch of the trail leads back to the regional highway via the tea plantation.

At the end of the trail visit the Gorreana Tea Factory, where you can restore your energy with a tea of your choice.

Info:
Distance:6 km.
Duration:2h.
Difficulty:Easy.
Equipment:Appropriate footwear;
Sunscreen;
Sunglasses;
Raincoat.
Full day rides

Leaving Ponta Delgada towards the western part of the Island, we start our walk by the '9 windows' (a part of an old aqueduct). Passing through a dense forest of cedars (cryptomeria japonica), around 1 km, we walk up to the border of the crater.

We follow the rail along 9 km, where we will have our pic-nic, and where you will have the opportunity to see some of the most amazing views of the island. Once the walk around the crater is finished, we walk the remaing 2 km along a water line, rich in vegetation and amazing games of lights.

Arrival to Sete Cidades. Coffee break and return to Ponta Delgada.

Info:
Distance:12 km.
Duration:9h to 17h.
Difficulty:Easy.
Equipment:Appropriate footwear;
Sunscreen;
Sunglasses;
Raincoat.
*Picnic included.

Leaving Ponta Delgada towards the East part of the Island, we will have a short stop in Povoação Village (where began the settlement) for a coffee break (30 min) to try it's tradicional pastry 'Fofas'.

Arriving at Faial da Terra, we will start our walk towards the picturesque village of 'Sanguinho', where you can, not just enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view, but also know the know the particular history of this fantastic place. We follow through an exotic and dense vegetation towards an amazing waterfall 'Salto do Prego', where we can have a swim. Leaving the waterfall, we follow the rail along the water line untill we arrive back to Faial da Terra, where we will have our lunch, in a traditional, rustic house, and the food cooked in a fire oven. Return to Ponta Delgada.

Info:
Distance:6 km.
Duration:9h to 17h.
Difficulty:Medium.
Equipment:Appropriate footwear;
Sunscreen;
Sunglasses;
Raincoat.
*Picnic included.

We leave towards Água d'Alto, where we will start the rail. Climbing the south slope of the Água de Pau volcano (where the Fire Lake is located), between a batle of endemic and exotic vegetation, fantastic view points as well as illustrious episodes of our history await you.

When we get to the lake, we will have time for the deserved pic-nic and rest.

Leaving the lake, we go up through the southeast slope of the mountain to return to the starting point.

Info:
Distance:12 km.
Duration:9h to 17h.
Difficulty:Medium.
Equipment:Appropriate footwear;
Sunscreen;
Sunglasses;
Raincoat.
*Picnic included.

This trail begins and ends in the town of Furnas and takes around 3 h. The route begins in Três Bicas and continues on through this area until it begins to climb on a tarmac road that leads to Lagoa das Furnas.

Following the signs carefully you will reach Caldeiras da Lagoa which is about 2.5 km into the trail. You will often see tourists here watching local inhabitants use the high temperatures in the ground to cook traditional dishes.

The trail continues along the lakeside, circling the lake on an easily accessible beaten earth path.

After about 3 kms walking you will reach the Hermitage of Nossa Senhora das Vitórias, built in the nineteenth century in Gothic style. Then continue along the edge of the stoned paved regional road for about 1.5 km until you come to a turning to your right that leads down to the town of Furnas. Continue along this route and in 30 minutes you will reach the end of the trail.

Info:
Distance:9.2 km.
Duration:2h 50m.
Difficulty:Easy.
Equipment:Appropriate footwear;
Sunscreen;
Sunglasses;
Raincoat.
Price:59€

This rail is located in the central area of São Miguel Island, covering two counties on its way, Ribeira Grande and Vila Franca do Campo. Starting in “Monte Escuro” (Ribeira Grande) and finishing in “Nossa Senhora da Paz” hermitage (Vila Franca do Campo), you will have along the rail amazing and breathtaking views over “Lagoa do Fogo” and “Lagoa do Congro”, two beautifull lakes, as well as wonderfull views over the Island and Vila Franca do Campo and it's small Island “Ilhéu de Vila Franca do Campo”.

Info:
Distance:14 km.
Duration:9h to 17h.
Difficulty:Medium.
Equipment:Appropriate footwear;
Sunscreen;
Sunglasses;
Raincoat.
*Picnic included.