In the Azores, for centuries, the easiest way to travel from one place to another was by sea; there were not many roads, and the few that existed were not suitable for carriages or oxcarts. So the islanders used footpaths for their daily toil, accompanied by horses, donkeys and mules to transport produce, fish, charcoal and other merchandise for trade. Larger items were transported by boat.
This network of footpaths has been restored and made accessible to all, so everyone can enjoy the landscape of the Azores. Each of these footpaths goes through exceptionally beautiful coastal and inland areas.
A drive of roughly half an hour will bring you to the starting point of the hike, in the central highlands of the island, next to the Estrada Transversal.
An asphalt road leads to Lagoa do Capitão – Captain´s Lake - and the Piquinho Summit, with views over the north coast of the island. The hike continues along a dirt trail fringed by native flora like large Azores junipers (Juniperus brevifolia).
Walk through green pastureland and, as the altitude decreases, you will enter an area of Australian Cheesewood. The descent continues towards Cais do Pico to the Convento de São Pedro de Alcântara (St. Peter of Alcântara’s Convent), which is the end of this route.
Enjoy a bit of free time before the bus will take us back to the ship.