Hiking Trails in the Azores: Sao Miguel

Coastal path with ortensia in Sao Miguel, Azores IslandsThe Azores are well-known for being an Eco-friendly tourist destination with much emphasis made on keeping the beauty of the Azores as lease commercial as possible keeping it is a green destination. The Azores have never been influenced by mass tourism before in its 400+ year history and have always been a destination for the seasoned traveller or someone who wants to experience something peaceful and beautiful without all the mass shopping malls and concrete building that have taken over so many small islands due to mass tourism. Charles Darwin, Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and many other historical figures have all come to the Azores islands to experience the luscious flora and fauna that exist here in this relaxed island paradise.8f137-picture-courtesy-of-azamaraThe Government of the Azores has invested a great deal of money in the majority of the municipalities on the island of Sao Miguel to incorporate the natural beauty represented in their community and creating marked hiking and walking trails through some of the most beautiful locations on the island.Hiking Trails in the Azores - Sao MiguelThe north part of the Island has a trail that starts at the Cha Gorreana Tea Plantation where you can enter the 19th century factory and tour the process of tea in the Azores while refueling on free Azorean teas in their cafe and gift shop. After enjoying your free tour of the factory you can enjoy a 6km walk or hike through the guided trail at Cha Gorreana and go through the vast tea plantation with endless rows of perfectly manicured tea bushes and sweeping ocean views. There is a small snack station in the tea room at the factory where you can have a light lunch before or after your hike and is the place to be on Sao Miguel island.bigstock--153418013On the Island of Sao Miguel there are over 50 trails that you can enjoy and that have been rated by visitors on their terrain, quality, views etc making it easier to decide which hiking trail is for you and what to expect.2d729-1266_442766889105667_1414341050_n

A list of some official trails on the island of Sao Miguel are listed below:

TRAILS

Agrião PR12SMI

Atalho dos Vermelhos PRC33SMI
Caldeiras da Ribeira Grande – Salto do CabritoPRC29SMI
Chá Gorreana PRC28SMI
Faial da Terra – Salto do Prego PRC9SMI
Fenais da Ajuda – Lomba de São Pedro PRC34SMI
Grená – Pico do Ferro PRC22SMI
Lagoa das Furnas PRC6SMI
Lomba da Fazenda PRC31SMI
Lomba D’El Rei PRC 38 SMI
Mata do Canário – Sete Cidades PR4SMI
Moinhos da Ribeira Funda PRC35SMI
Padrão das Alminhas – Salto da Farinha PR21SMI
Pedra Queimada – Lajinha – Degredo PRC36 SMI
Pico da Vara PRC7SMI
Praia da Viola PR27SMI
Praia – Lagoa do Fogo PRC2SMI
Quatro fábricas da Luz PR 39 SMI
Ribeira do Faial da Terra PR11SMI
Rocha da Relva PRC20SMI
Rota da Água – Janela do Inferno PRC 37 SMI
Serra Devassa PRC5SMI
Vista do Rei – Sete Cidades PR3SMI
Chá Porto Formoso PRC 26 SMI
Vigia de São Pedro PR1SMIPeople meeting sunrise team building session

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