PR17 PIC Farms and Ribeiras is a 17.7 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lajes do Pico, 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
17.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1,020 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.