PR5 SMA Costa Sul Trail

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PR5 SMA Costa Sul Trail is a 13.8 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Vila do Porto, Azores, Portugal that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding.

DISTANCE
13.8 km
ELEVATION GAIN
536 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

This small walk begins on the “Centro de Interpretação Dalberto Pombo” (Interpretative Center) building where there’s a vast estate. On the way down from the main road of Vila do Porto towards the Fortress od São Brás, there are several buildings that remind us the history of the settlement of this island and of the Azores. The Fortress of São Brás, military building from the XVIIc, is used as a viewpoint to contemplate the bay of Calhau da Roupa and the commercial port of the island, place chosen since always for merchant trade. On the left side of the Fortress of São Brás, follow a road that gives access to the Ribeira de São Francisco. In this brook, especially during the Fall/Winter, we can see birds like Heron (Ardea Cinerea), small white Heron (Egretta garzetta), Coot (Fulica Atra), Curlew (Numenius Arquata).   On the way to the Pedreira do Campo, contemplate the islet of the Vila, a natural reserve of high importance for the nesting of sea birds as for example the bulwer (Bulweria bulwerii). The Pedreira do Campo, classified as Natural Regional Monument is seen here. Here the presence of maritime fossil content, abundant and diversified at an altitude of 180m shows part of the geological history of the island. The walk goes through several pastures, towards Touril , where we can find the Cave (Gruta) and Forno de Cal do Figueira, propitious place for a quick stop for contemplation and rest, it’s an artificial cave, from where we would extract chalky and clay. Continue this walk along the South Coast, by a road once used to carry chalky rocks. Besides the pleasant landscape, you may also observe natural flora as the Beech Plant (Morella Faya), or the Calabash.