Trail: S. Mateus do Pico
From Madalena to S. Mateus Sanctuary
This trail takes us from Santa Maria Madalena Church to Bom Jesus Milagroso do Pico Sanctuary in S. Mateus. Besides being a very interesting tourist trail it can also be used by many pilgrims who set out from Madalena to the Sanctuary on foot on the early days of August.
The first half of the trail follows the sea past the stunning Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture which is a World Heritage site since 2004. That part of the trail is always flat and the ground is smooth except near Fogos village. The trail stretches between the sea, with its intense fishing and whale watching activity and the beautiful Faial island on the other side of the “canal”, and the vineyard nestled in the warm and black stone corrals. The imposing Pico Mountain, which is 2,351 metres high from the top of Piquinho, can be seen in the distance provided it is not protected by clouds.
From Candelária on the trail goes up a little to follow half slope through rural and wooded areas past some inhabited spots until São Mateus. Many specimens of the native flora from the Azores can be found on this part of the trail, as well as the landscape of Pico’s southern seas where most whale hunting took place.
The trail is a bit long but almost all on good ground and quite flat at the beginning, getting higher on the second part only till the sanctuary in São Mateus.
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- Itinerante rating: 7/10
- Dificulty: 8/10
- Distance: 18.8km
- Duration: 5h30
- Total ascent: 570m
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