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Ponta do Espigão a Santo Amaro

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Piedade, Azores, Portugal

Ponta do Espigão a Santo Amaro is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Piedade, Azores, Portugal that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,548 feet Route Type: Out & Back


nature trips



wild flowers


historic site

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.

Tue Jun 25 2019

Nice trail . We started in the middle by the Lava Houses/Magma restaurant. Headed up to Terra Alta where the trail head starts. It was an easy mile at first and then the 2nd mile up to the trail head was all uphill moderately steep - definitely got the heart rate up. Then we went all the way down the trail- the section after the magma restaurant (about the halfway point) was pretty steep going down - hiking poles helped with this. Then at the bottom it was a all along the road to the water’s edge - you pass a piscina (natural swimming pool in the ocean) for a refreshing swim. I like the way we did this hike. If you started at the trail head and did the whole thing as an in and out the back half would be all up hill and quite a work out - starting in the middle and doing both sections as independent in and outs broke the hike up nicely

10 months ago