The trails – Graciosa has three official trails, which have recently been joined, providing the Graciosa Great Route, which runs through a large part of the island through a circular route that alternates the landscapes of the coast, with emphasis on the various islanders, with the volcanic landscapes of the interior of the island, in a total extension of approximately 40 km.
This course is divided into two stages of approximately 20 km. The first stage, which makes the connection between the bar area (Santa Cruz da Graciosa) and the parish of Luz, allows the contemplation of coastal areas East and South of the island, presenting softer and beach with cliffs and steep on the Ponta da Restinga, with emphasis on the Natural Reserves of the Ilhéus da Praia e de Baixo. Also in this stage it is possible to appreciate the most emblematic volcanic landscape of the island – the Caldeira, having the opportunity to visit inside, Furna do Enxofre, an important volcanic cavity about 40 m high and 194 m long, which has a lagoon in its interior.
The second stage, which connects the parish of Luz to Barra’s starting point, highlights the Caldeirinha de Pêro Botelho, a volcanic algar with a depth of 25 m in the Serra Branca, which is a natural lookout over a large part of the island, the valley between the Central Massif and the Massif da Caldeira and the relics of old oxcarts in the Fontes area.
More information: http://trilhos.visitazores.com/pt-pt/ilhas/graciosa
The BIRDWATCH– The Azores are internationally known as the destination for the observation of certain groups of species of birds. Due to its central position in the Atlantic Ocean it is possible to observe several migratory species occurring occasionally in the Azores due to migratory deviations caused mainly by inclement weather. It is also possible to observe seabirds that nest in the Azores and endemic species and subspecies.
In all the islands it is possible to practice bird watching, being of note the island of São Miguel and Graciosa island for the observation of endemic species, for the island Terceira for the observation of gulls and waders of Neotropical and Palearctic origin, and the islands of Flores and Corvo, for the observation of American passerines, in addition to the other species already mentioned.
More information: http://www.visitazores.com/pt-pt/experience-the-azores/birdwatching
More activities on land that we can suggest are the road that surrounds the Caldeira, which can be covered by bicycle, mountain bike, car or horse… and in some places, even the dwarf donkey of Graciosa! Whatever means of transport is used, there is a guarantee of stunning landscapes, both for the coastal cliffs and the white houses, submerged in the middle of green fields.
If you are a Geocaching2 lover, you can still find some “caches” hidden by the island.
Whether you have sun or rain on the fabulous island of Graciosa, there is no excuse to stay on the sofa … right?