It’s all the time nice to go to the island of São Jorge within the Azores, the island of cliffs and fajãs, undoubtedly one of many greenest within the archipelago.
It’s the good place for a vacation involved with nature. This roughly 54 km lengthy and a most of 6.9 km large island belongs to the central group with the everyday fajãs that reach into the ocean. The Fajãs are small plains shaped by landslides or lava and there are greater than forty on this island. A few of these fajãs are solely accessible on foot alongside paths, permitting you to get pleasure from lovely landscapes.
This island, like the remainder of the archipelago, has been badly broken over the past two years because of Covid-19, particularly the obstacles and restrictions on journey. When every part gave the impression to be returning to regular, the seismic disaster erupted in São Jorge, resulting in many cancellations of reservations in motels and native lodging, leading to heavy losses for many individuals dwelling from tourism.
The seismic disaster shouldn’t be fairly over but. Nonetheless, in early June, the Azores Seismovolcanic Surveillance Middle (CIVISA) lowered the alert stage from V4 (threat of eruption) to V3 (energetic system with no impending eruption). So we determined to return to São Jorge after a 40 minute flight from São Miguel. This time Luísa and I had been accompanied by 4 associates.
The plan could be to wander via the Fajãs. The hike from Fajã dos Cubes to Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo stays essentially the most well-known on the island with breathtaking landscapes.
On the day of arrival we paid a brief go to to Fajã do Ouvidor, all the time pondering of going there Poça Simão Dias, an actual gem nonetheless unknown to many individuals crossing the island. It’s undoubtedly essentially the most emblematic and imposing pure pool on the island. On the geological scale, it options prismatic disjunctions, that are giant vertical columns of basalt on the backside, shaped inside the lava flows after the lava cooled and solidified. Usually not many individuals come by, so you possibly can swim in peace and quiet.
Then we drove to Fajã dos Vimes, on the south coast of the island. This fajã is legendary for the handicrafts related to the so-called quilts, woven by artisans on previous picket treadle looms.
We could not depart Fajã with out visiting Senhor Nunes’ café, the place we had a savory and attractive espresso from the yard subsequent to the institution, accompanied by a espresso queijada.
Senhor Nunes was a pioneer on the island and has a small manufacturing which is a gathering level for individuals who attend this fajã. The son confirmed us across the espresso farm and the craft store with its looms the place expert artisans make quilts and different merchandise.
The plan for the subsequent day was to stroll the mountaineering path from Fajã dos Cubres to Fajã da Caldeira do Santo Cristo. Because it was raining, we determined to take a stroll via the gorgeous and picturesque village of Velas. Positioned on an enormous, comparatively flat space subsequent to the coast and subsequent to the mountains that rise above the village, it’s undoubtedly very nice to walk via the neat and clear streets. The bandstand in the midst of the backyard, from the top of the nineteenth century and in excellent situation, takes us again in time.
Then we went to the Sete Fontes Park, situated within the municipality of Rosais and close to Velas. On this nice house you possibly can have a picnic and go for a stroll. On the Pico da Velha viewpoint, climate allowing, you possibly can see the 5 islands of the central group – São Jorge, Pico and Faial very shut by, with Terceira and Graciosa on the far horizon. Sadly, at the present time was not doable because of rain and fog.
Within the late afternoon we made our technique to Caldeira dos Cubes on the north coast of the island. Lastly the rain stopped. Nonetheless, on the descent to the Fajã some stones might be seen in the midst of the path and because the island was on a yellow alert because of unhealthy climate we gave up on the hike to keep away from the danger of being prevented from leaving. We took a stroll round Fajã dos Cubes.
This fajã is classed as a Website of Worldwide Significance below the Ramsar Conference referring to the Conference on Wetlands of Worldwide Significance, particularly as a habitat for waterfowl.
The small village of this Fajã was utterly destroyed by the earthquake of July 9, 1757. It suffered main injury once more within the 1980 earthquake. Few folks reside there completely. Some stone homes with the everyday three-winged home windows are nonetheless seen. On the finish of the afternoon we returned to the village of Velas for dinner. The vary of eating places basically is sweet. They serve good meals with native and high quality merchandise. Nonetheless, as a result of rising variety of vacationers visiting the island, some eating places have costs on the similar stage as, for instance, in Lisbon. the worth coupon Awarded by the regional authorities, of 35 euros per particular person (to advertise tourism on this island) and discounted within the eating places which have joined this program.
That was the top of this quick go to to São Jorge. The climate situations, all the time unpredictable within the Azores, didn’t enable us to meet the deliberate plan. We now have to return.
Helder Taveira, Luisa and associates