Hiking in Pico da Vara
1 x 55 €
- Picnic lunch
- Gorreana tea factory tour
All about the trip
The activity starts with the drive from the meeting point to Algarvia. On the way to the starting point of the hike, it is possible to wonder the amazing views over the landline of the north coast, the green fields of the only tea plantation of Europe and the endless pastures. This 7km trail begins and ends in the parish of Algarvia, municipality of Nordeste, at 700 meters of altitude. After rising about 1 km through a forest of Cryptomeria (Cryptomeria japonica), the landscape changes to a scenario with endemic species and ground vegetation, composed mainly of grasses that give the name to the place: Graminhais. From here, you can see Povoação, the first place of arrival for the settlers on the island in the 15th century. The trail rises until it reaches the highest point on the island of São Miguel, Pico da Vara, at 1105 m above sea level, where you have an amazing view over almost the whole island and a 360º view on top of the mountain. The return to the starting point is done with the descent of the same track, which is a bit slippery during the winter. On the return to Ponta Delgada, passing by the northern coast of the island, still time to stop at the oldest tea factory of São Miguel, Gorreana tea factory for a tea tasting and passing by the city of Ribeira Grande, the only city on the north side of the island After this we will cross back to south coast, through the narrower part of the island, with just 8 km. After a brief drive in the south coast, the activity ends with the arrival in Ponta Delgada.
What is (and what is not) included in the price
- Picnic lunch
- Picos de Aventura Guide
- Insurance (Personal Accident and Liability)
Until 18 years must be accompanied by parents or guardians, or bring a written permission.
This activity is organised by Picos de Aventura, Avenida João Bosco Mota Amaral, Ponta Delgada, 9500-771, Portugal, +351 296 283 288, email@example.com.
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