PRC31 SMI Lomba da Fazenda

MODERATE 3 reviews

PRC31 SMI Lomba da Fazenda is a 6.0 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nordeste, Azores, Portugal that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
243 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

This trail is a circular route which begins and ends in front of the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição in the parish of Lomba da Fazenda. The trail goes through various places of interest, such as the Nordeste Camping Park, the “Boca da Ribeira”, a bathing zone next to the mouth of the Ribeira do Guilherme stream, the “Parque de Endémicas do Pelado”, a park of endemic plant species and the “Parque da Morgada”, a recreation park. The trail starts along a short stretch of the regional highway, for only about 200m, after which there is a left turn onto a minor road which descends towards the CampingPark. At the bottom you will have to cross the Guilherme stream and can visit some old watermills. Here there is also a drinking fountain built in 1982. Continuing on, the trail goes up through an area of Japanese red cedar, Victorian box and acacia trees, towards the town of Nordeste. You can turn off the trail to visit the town, and then go down to the “Boca da Ribeira” (the mouth of the stream). After enjoying this delightful bathing spot, you should take the footpath up the hillside. When you reach the top, the trail continues alongside pasturelands, descending gently towards the coast. Once near the coast, you need to cross a small stream before coming to the Pelado Park of Endemic Plants. In this park you can enjoy the magnificent views from the vantage point overlooking the coast and also have a rest. Continuing along the coast, you will come to a side path leading to a little port where the boats used to anchor to unload supplies. Follow the signs and you will come to a tarmac road which will take you to the Lomba da Fazenda. There, if you have enough energy, you can visit the MorgadaPark. You can walk the length of the park, following the stream, and visit a spot where there are some old troughs where locals used to wash their clothes. Turning back, cross the stream and climb up near to a group of houses, where there is a fine view over the whole parish. Keep straight ahead and you will eventually come back to the place where you will find this panel again.

hiking
2 months ago

Great little loop, starting in the town of Lomba da Fazenda. Really nice way marking throughout - we also loved seeing all the signs of geologists doing sampling work in the area (all the holes drilled in the rocks). This is the oldest part of São Miguel.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
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