Ribeira Funda trail to Praia da Viola
1 x 55 €
- Ribeira Funda
- Picnic lunch
- Visit Gorreana tea factory
- Visit Caldeira Velha natural monument, for a thermal bath
All about the trip
The day starts with the drive from the meeting point, we will cross the island from south to north by the narrowest part. After passing the only city in the north coast, Ribeira Grande, a great coastline awaits you with its amazing views. On the way, it's also possible to see the vast fields with tea plants, the only ones in Europe. This 5,5 km trail begins in the center of a small place on the North side of the island called Ribeira Funda, and takes around 3 hours to complete. The walking starts in an open area, and turns into a path with dense vegetation, mostly composed of Australian Cheesewood (Pittosporum undulatum) and Ginger Lilys (Hedychium gardnerianum). Then, the trail leads us to old water mills that were once used to transform wheat and corn into flour, that was used in the making of bread. Going through passes by various streams we reach a viewpoint, from where we can see our next stop: Praia da Viola beach. Praia da Viola is a small tranquil beach with rough sand, flanked by a cliff with several water springs. If the ocean is calm, it is possible to go for a quick swim. In the middle of the hidden beach, there is a trail that takes us to the end of the tour, the small parish of Maia. Some parts are very narrow and very steep, and might also be slippery. On the way back to Ponta Delgada we will pass by the northern coast of the island, there will be still time to stop at the oldest tea factory of São Miguel, Gorreana tea factory for the tea tasting, and we will also stop in Caldeira Velha, a place up in the hill of the mountain of Lagoa do Fogo where it’s possible to have a bath in relaxing hot water. Back on the road, we pass by Ribeira Grande before crossing back to the south coast and after a short drive through the south coast, the activity ends with the arrival to Ponta Delgada.
What is (and what is not) included in the price
- Picnic lunch
- Picos de Aventura Guide
- Insurance (Personal Accident and Liability)
- Snacks and water
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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