The Vigia de São Pedro (São Pedro Viewpoint) Mountain climbing Path on São Miguel island within the Azores is a straightforward flat path subsequent to the ocean connecting the parish Calhetas with the village São Vicente Ferreira. It is a 6km linear route which is usually finished as an out-and-back hike of 12.2 kilometers. The trailhead is a 15-minute drive from the capital, Ponta Delgada.
A straightforward climbing path that may be a huge grime highway, operating on a bluff above the water for many of the path. There are incredible views of the ocean with a number of marked viewpoints (miradouros) alongside the best way. The path stretches from Poços de São Vicente, a washing space within the village São Vicente Ferreira to the church of Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem in Calhetas.
Mountain climbing in São Miguel island within the Azores
The Azores Islands are a Portuguese archipelago in the course of the Atlantic Ocean, positioned between The US and Portugal. There are 23 official climbing trails on São Miguel island. Portugal’s mainland is a incredible climbing vacation spot with spectacular trails following the ocean resembling The Fishermen´s Path and The Coastal Route of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago. With gorgeous pure landscapes, put together your self for some distinctive European climbing on this volcanic archipelago. The 83 climbing trails on the Azores islands every have a quantity. The Vigia de São Pedro path is path PR01 SMI official data on the path might be discovered at destinazores. Official trails are marked with purple and yellow dashes. We loved the attractive, straightforward hikes from the Gorreana tea plantation.
Finest Time to Hike the Vigia de São Pedro Path
June to September with dry and heat climate and exquisite clear days are a good time for climbing. It’s sizzling this time of the 12 months, so carry sufficient water and verify for a swimming spot within the ocean! You possibly can hike 12 months all 12 months spherical, it is a quick path, simply verify on the Azores webcams that it isn’t raining!
The Vigia de São Pedro Return Path Info*
- Distance – 12.1 km
- Time – 2 hours 11 minutes (2 to three hours relying in your health)
- Ascent – 142 m
- Descent – 151 m
- Strolling floor – largely gravel, some asphalt
*Based on my Garmin Fenix GPS watch
Trailhead – Poços de São Vicente or the Church in Calhetas
You can begin the hike in both route. There’s parking accessible on the Poços de São Vicente bathing space in São Vicente Ferreira and in Calhetas. At each trailheads, there’s a signal with a path description.
- Parking São Vicente Ferreira – There’s a parking zone on the western finish of São Vicente Ferreira close to the Miradouro do Navio.
- Parking Calhetas – There’s a giant free parking space subsequent to the Pedras do Mar Resort & Spa resort. Begin climbing right here in direction of São Vicente Ferreira or do a brief stroll to the trailhead on the church of Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem in Calhetas.
The Vigia de São Pedro Path Description
Strolling from São Vicente Ferreira to Calhetas
The most well-liked technique to hike the path is from São Vicente Ferreira to Calhetas. Begin the hike at Poços de São Vicente bathing space on the fishing port, and see the ruins of the outdated whaling station throughout the highway. Stroll on the tar highway for about 600m, and switch onto a footpath, which takes you alongside the coast for a brief stretch till you come to a dust monitor. The path follows alongside the coast, virtually midway to Calhetas at 2.8 km from the whaling station there’s a good viewpoint over the ocean, Miradouro de Barreiro. Carry on strolling previous the village of Fenais da Luz.
You possibly can stroll by the village previous the church of Nossa Senhora da Luz. There are numerous factors of curiosity on this space, such because the View of the Previous viewpoint, Ponta de São Pedro headland, the Sixteenth-century Emida da São Pedro (chapel), and the São Pedro gap (Buraco de São Pedro). Watch out to not get too near the sting with these viewpoints. Proceed alongside the path, you’ll stroll previous the Pedro do Mar resort on the proper, stroll till you attain the village Calhetas, and stroll down the road, Rua da Boavista to the church Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem the place the path ends.
Strolling from Calhetas to São Vicente Ferreira
We have been staying in Pedros do Mar Resort and walked the path from Calhetas to São Vicente Ferreira and again. Stroll previous the São Pedro gap (Buraco de São Pedro), there’s a signal. Watch out to not get too near the sting.
Begin strolling within the village Calhetas on the church Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem stroll down the road, Rua da Boavista till you get to the grime highway. Comply with the path previous a parking space and the Pedro do Mar resort in your left and the ocean on the proper. Maintain following the path subsequent to the ocean, maintain an eye fixed open for the Sixteenth-century Emida da São Pedro (chapel), and stroll previous the Ponta de São Pedro headland. Comply with the purple and yellow markers by the village of Fenais da Luz, previous the church of Nossa Senhora da Luz. Maintain strolling on the path to the village of São Vicente Ferreira, and stroll down Rua de Baixo till you attain the Poços de São Vicente bathing space on the fishing port, you may see the ruins of the outdated whaling station throughout the highway.
What I appreciated about strolling the path this manner round is loads of parking at first, a pleasant swimming spot if you wish to do a midway swim, and a restaurant with refreshments for a espresso cease and purchase some refreshments in São Vicente Ferreira once you flip round.
Lodging close to the Vigia de São Pedro Path
We stayed for 3 nights at Pedras do Mar Resort & Spa proper on the path near the trailhead in Calhetas. We had a fantastic keep. The resort has good amenities, an indoor heated pool, a tremendous exterior infinity pool, and a very good breakfast buffet.
There are numerous nice locations to remain in that a part of São Miguel
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