PR1 FLO Trail: Ponta Delgada to Fajã Grande is a 21.4 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Cruz das Flores, Azores, Portugal that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding.

DISTANCE
21.4 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1,222 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

views

The trail begins in Ponta Delgada, next to the road to the old football field. You will walk along the tarmac road, having always the Northern coast and Corvo Island on your right. At the crossroads, near Albernaz Lighthouse, you can detour to go to the lighthouse or turn right away to the left, ascend the cement road until you find an old track on your right. Follow the track, between hydrangeas and endemic vegetation, until you have an ascent on your left. You should not walk straight ahead because this old trail will take you to the landslide and will make you turn back. You will follow the track on the left, where the dominant vegetation is heath (Erica azorica) and cedar (Juniperus brevifoglia). When you reach the edge of the cliff you will find some wooden stairs and then the trail continues by descending a steep track with natural stone steps. You need to be carefully, especially when the stones are wet. After the steep descent, you will find the old track that will take you along a stone track, until you reach Ponta da Fajã and Fajã Grande. Atualmente, o trilho começa e acaba no mesmo sítio que o anterior, mas contorna a derrocada por um troço recentemente recuperado. O percurso inicia-se em Ponta Delgada, junto ao caminho que dá acesso ao antigo campo de futebol. Andamos pelo caminho de alcatrão sempre com a costa norte e a Ilha do Corvo à nossa direita. Na bifurcação perto do Farol de Albernaz podemos fazer um desvio até ao farol ou virar logo à esquerda, subir a estrada de cimento até encontrar um caminho antigo à nossa direita. Seguimos neste caminho entre hortências e vegetação endémica até uma subida à esquerda. Não se deve ir para frente porque este antigo trilho leva-nos até à derrocada e vai obrigar-nos a dar meia volta. Seguimos o caminho à esquerda onde a vegetação dominante é constituída por Urze e Cedro-do-mato. Quando chegamos à borda da falésia encontramos umas escadas em madeira e depois o trilho começa a descer sobre um piso inclinado com degraus em pedra natural. E precisa ter algum cuidado principalmente quando as pedras encontram-se molhadas. Depois da acentuada descida encontra novamente o antigo trilho que nos leva por um piso de pedra calçada até à Ponta da Fajã e Fajã Grande.

walking
1 month ago

I hiked this trail in perfect weather conditions today. Since there is almost no information available here I will give a rather detailed review:

1. Despite all remarks below the trail is very beautiful and probably one of the coolest on the Azores. I do recommend it!
1. I went FROM Fajã Grande to Ponta Delgada northbound and I would certainly recommend that direction. Benefits: you start off with the big climb and its easy hiking from there (otherwise you will need a lot of leg strength coming down that mountain at the end of your hike); if you start in the morning you hike in the shade; if it is raining this part will be horribly slippery and you dont want to do it downhill
2. Once you reach the plateau its basically all cattle ground (cows!) and sometimes the trail will be pretty rough and all carved out from the cows hoofs.
3. Because of tht and the the up- or downhill (depending on the direction) I would not hike the trail in rainy conditions. Parts of it will be insanely slippery, its just no fun and you get literally no views.
4. Yesterday we had a couple of strong rain showers. Today just sun. All the creeks I had to cross were small. You can easily jump from one rock to the other. No problem for kids even.
5. If you have the chance to get picked up by car I recommend to end your hike at the light house. From there until Ponta Delgada its just road walking.
6. My rating for this trail is moderate rather than difficult. There is no difficulties except for the elevation gain.

hiking
2 months ago