PR7 SMI Algarvia / Pico da Vara is a 6.9 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lomba da Fazenda, Azores, Portugal that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 6.9 km Elevation Gain: 492 m Route Type: Out & Back

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This trail begins in the Algarve and ends at Pico da Vara (highest point of São Miguel Island: 1,103m). This trail was used by the ancients to access the bush where they produced coal and livestock management. The route begins in a path that is located inside a forest of criptomérias. On very humid days it is advisable to go right alongside the cryptomes because the floor can become very slippery in the middle of the way. After about 1 km always to rise, the forest of criptomérias ends giving place to a landscape of low vegetation, mostly constituted by grasses that give the name to the plateau: Graminhais. Continuing the route you come to a fork where you must turn left towards Pico da Vara. From this point you start to observe the south coast of São Miguel. After about 500m you will find a mark that indicates the place where a French plane fell in 1949. From that point you are missing 1 500m to reach Pico da Vara. Already near your destination you will find a first detour on the left that indicates Santo António, but do not follow this route because it does not present safety conditions. First visit Pico da Vara, where you will find a geodesic landmark, and then start your descent. This route passes in a Special Protection Zone where one can, with some luck, observe the priolo, Phyrrula murina, (bird in danger of extinction). It is the responsibility of all of us to contribute to its protection as well as to ensure its biodiversity through the conservation of this natural habitat.

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rocky
1 month ago

The paved road turns into a gravel road to get to the trailhead, but trailhead is clearly marked. We didn't see anyone else hiking the trail. It is rated as difficult on the trailhead maker. There are some rocky, wet and muddy areas, but not too treacherous. It is probably rated as difficult because of the elevation change. This trail leads to the highest peak on Sao Miguel Island. There are 2 markers for commercial airlines that crashed there in the 40's, which were interesting. We thought it was the best hike we did on the island. The views were spectacular!

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