São Jorge Trekking
The faja are almost unique to São Jorge and many of the most beautiful walks involve walking along the old paths that used to be the main access routes to the faja before the more modern roads were constructed. Some of the faja to this very day cannot be reached by a good road. The old paths are often quite steep and pass through spectacular cliff scenery, however most were designed to be passable to mules carrying loads.
|Apart from these faja walks the main ridge itself provides a very fine high
walk - mainly about 900 - 1000 metres above sea level. The ridge offers
excellent panoramas north to the islands of Graciosa and Terceira and south to
Pico and Faial. Most of the walking is along well-drained dirt tracks with many
On the lower slopes of the mountains there are extensive pastures as well as areas of forestry and a few parks that deserve a visit.
São Jorge has its own airport from which there are daily flights to Terceira and Sao Miguel. The ferry to Pico and Faial operates all year round but in the winter months only three times a week.
Our chief guide on São Jorge in the Azores is Antonio Pedroso who was born in Norte Grande on the Azorean island of São Jorge in 1968. His mother was an organist and she enthusiastically supported and nurtured Antonios interest in music. Subsequently he became an organist in Horta on the island of Faial. At the same time he pursued his other interest in painting and art. In 1988 he spent some time furthering his art studies in the Instituto Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy.
Subsequently he has published several books, a beautiful set of post cards based on his paintings, and is actively involved in teaching painting to the young people of Sao Jorge. His enthusiasm for the arts is equalled only by his love of nature. His knowledge of the flora and fauna of the islands is outstanding as is his knowledge of local history, legends and traditions.
A day out with Antonio will leave you with an insight into the wonders of Sao Jorge and an appreciation for the island that could not be gained from any book or from any casual visit.
As if this was not enough Antonio also has started his own travel business and
runs a small guesthouse dedicated to visitors who are keen to share his love of
the outdoors, for nature art and music.
Stormy winter evening on the main ridge
Sampling the local brew