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Best trails in Piedade

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Looking for a great trail near Piedade, Azores? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, views trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. You'll also find some great local park options, like Reserva Natural da Montanha do Pico or Area de Paisagem Protegida da Cultura da Vinha- Ponta da Ilha. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Piedade ranging from 6.8 to 12.3 miles and from 0 to 1,548 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Piedade
Top trails (7)
#1 - Ponta da Ilha
Area de Paisagem Protegida da Cultura da Vinha- Ponta da Ilha
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
On this walk on the easternmost point of Pico we discover a rather difficult fishing path along the rugged lava coast. The starting place for this walk is the small fishing village of Manhenha. It goes slightly uphill along a gravel path until an asphalt road brings us to Piedade where something can also be enjoyed in the local café. A little further we follow a small asphalt road and you descend to Calhau. We now follow the coast and a little further the difficult and demanding fishing path starts. It is best to choose your own way over the sharp and bumpy lava stones. If you pay attention, you can follow the markings, but it is not always clear. After about 45 minutes you will see some houses and you will arrive in the hamlet of Engrade. Here you can choose, either take the second part of the fishing path on the left back to the coast, or choose the alternative straight on along a gravel path back to Manhenha. (- 15min) If you choose to follow the fishing path like us, then a little further at the farol de Ponta da Ilha, the lighthouse at the end of Pico. A little further you will arrive back at the starting place. Do not underestimate this walk, the coastal path is heavy and difficult but you will be rewarded with some beautiful views over the top of beautiful Pico. Show more
#2 - PR15 PIC Mistérios do Sul do Pico
Piedade, Azores, Portugal
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Length: 10.7 mi • Est. 5 h 26 m
The trail "Mistérios do Sul do Pico" begins in the Forest Park of São João, passing through two Mysteries (São João and Silveira). The name "Mysteries" refers to the lava fields arising from the historical eruptions that occurred on the islands, for which the inhabitants had no justification, thus being mysteries of Nature. Follow the dirt road to the right of the barbecue area. Enter immediately on the dirt road on the left. This path takes you to the tidal well of Baía do Arruda (on the left). Follow this path and you will find the leisure and bathing area of ​​Ponta do Admouro. Go down the stone staircase to the recreation area, and return to the main access road, following the right. Further on is the Verdoso tidal well. Go down the steps and, beyond the tidal well, you can enjoy access to the sea. Return again to the path, and continue to the bathing area of ​​the Arinhas. Further ahead is Casa do Pico and the Pico Cheese Museum, properties of Alvião. Follow the road on the right, and you will find the Church of Saint John and the chapel of the Holy Spirit Empire. Continue on the path next to the sea, following the Old Path (standing-station), which takes you to the Ponta Rasa Mill. Take the right towards Lajes. Further ahead, enter the dirt road on the right. This zone is denominated Mystery of Silveira, consequence of volcanic eruption of 1720. Follow the road of beaten earth, entering a sidewalk of coast. Go back to the road and later you will find the bathing area of ​​Fonte. This site is widely recognized for its unique water features. Continue along the path by the sea, and you will find the Rego tide well as well as a small leisure area. After passing a tourist village, make a detour to visit Canada Pau Rodrigues. Upon reaching the Regional Road, turn right and finish the trail next to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, erected in 1723, following a promise made so that the volcanic eruption of 1720 did not reach the place of Silveira. Show more
#3 - Ponta do Espigão a Santo Amaro
Piedade, Azores, Portugal
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
This small linear route begins next to the viewpoint of Terra Alta, located between the Parishes of Ribeirinha and Santo Amaro and ends in the center of Santo Amaro. We begin to descend by a foot path put, through a forest where incense is the predominant species. Along the way we find traces of vineyard corrals and small bridges made of carved stone that show us the importance of this path that was once the main route of connection to Ponta da Ilha. Leaving this forest, we now enter an area of ​​small agricultural fields, increasingly dominated by the typical small-scale viticulture of the island of Pico. In this area, on the left, you will find an abandoned house that once was a small local butter factory that still keeps inside its manufacturing equipment. As we approach the coastal zone, we make a small detour to Baía do Canto, a small leisure area by the sea, surrounded by local wineries. Returning to the main road, we always follow the coast through a tar road towards the center of Santo Amaro. We also pass through Parque del Furada, a picnic area, and in Santo Amaro, the old naval center of the archipelago, you can visit the Maritime Museum of Naval Construction and the School of Crafts. Show more
#4 - PRC12 PIC Lajes do Pico
Piedade, Azores, Portugal
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 4 h 22 m
#5 - PR17 PIC Farms and Ribeiras
Piedade, Azores, Portugal
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Length: 11 mi • Est. 6 h 42 m
This route starts and finishes next to the parking lot used by the Rocha da Relva visitors, which lasts about 2h30m. The descent to the Grass Rock takes place through a narrow path excavated in the cliff. It is an easy route to carry out, not presenting situations of greater risk. Shortly after the beginning of the course you will arrive at a fork, where you can choose to turn left to first visit Rocha do Cascalho, before continuing the descent to Rocha da Relva. During the rest of the descent, there is no path without being the main one that will take you to Rocha de Relva, a detrital fajã as there are many on the Island of São Jorge but one of the few in São Miguel. Already in the Fajã you will be able to observe the great number of existing wineries, consequence of the microclimate that favors the development of the vineyards, as well as figs and horticulture. Attention is drawn to walkers not to pick fruit or vegetables during the walk. The return is by the same path. 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. Gravel Rock first, before continuing the descent to Rocha da Relva. This is the only track leading down to Rock of Grass, 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.Show more
#6 - PR18 PIC Nove Canadas da Ribeirinha
Piedade, Azores, Portugal
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Length: 12.3 mi • Est. 6 h 49 m
The "Nove Canadas da Ribeirinha Trail" begins at the Atalhada Way, where you can see the tracks of the ox carts used until a few years ago. Turn left at the foot of the asphalt road, making a detour in Canada da Rocha, to visit the viewpoint of Alto dos Cedros. Turn left on the road, and enter the Quebrada Road, then follow to Canada dos Vais. Return to the center of the parish, take the main road and enter Canada da Ladeira, at the end of it turn left and enter Canada do Mar on the right. This Canada takes you to the Port of Baixa, a beach and leisure area. The Baixa area is characterized by typical wineries and vineyards. Follow the path by the sea, and at the end, train canada on the right. When you reach the road turn left and enter the next canada on the left. When you reach the coast (Ponta das Trombetas) turn right and follow the lava field to the port of Calhau, already in the parish of Piedade. At the end of the trail you will find an important bag of azorinnavidalli. Here you have the option to follow the PR3, to Manhenha.Show more
#7 - PRC11 PIC Calheta do Nesquim
Piedade, Azores, Portugal
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 4 h 19 m
This small circular route begins and ends in front of the Church of Calheta do Nesquim, a parish with a rich tradition in the history of the Azorean whaling. Here you can visit the house of whalers, transformed into a local museum of high interest. The course is counterclockwise and has two small detours, one for the port of Feiteira and another for the Pedra Aguda, a natural lookout par excellence. We start our walk along the coast, towards Portinho da Feiteira, a small pleasant beach area. After enjoying this magnificent site, follow the signs and start a climb along a narrow canyon until you reach the regional road. There, follow to your right and soon after you turn left continuing to rise, sometimes through pastures or through woods where incense and acacia prevail. After reaching the northern point of the route, head west to Pedra Aguda, the highest altitude of the route that offers a breathtaking view of the parish of Calheta and the entire eastern part of the island. Descending back to Calheta do Nesquim, you will follow paths similar to those already covered previously. Already near the locality, it will enter a path between vineyards and will pass by a lookout of Whale watching towards the sea. In the coastal zone, you will find another bathing area called Baía da Poça. Finally, we follow the Moinho do Mourricão until the Church, the final point of this journey.Show more