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HIKE • Ribeira Funda – Maia

Listing ID: 88483
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What Will You Do

  • The trail will start at Ribeira Funda (belonging to the parish of Fenais da Ajuda), where you will be constantly in direct contact with incredible coastal landscapes and the typical nature and vegetation of the island of São Miguel.
  • This specific tour is full of history and memories transcribed in photographic and informational panels that remind us of our ancestors and their customs, as well as multiple ruins of ancient watermills and small but impressive waterfalls.
  • On the way, we will cross the remote Praia da Viola beach, which wiill easily restore your energy levels even if you just stop for a while to rest and enjoy the soothing sounds that surround you.
  • From here, we will continue our trail along coastal cliffs towards the end of this adventure at the Fishing Port of Calhau D’Areia beach, in the serene and peaceful parish of Maia. Here we will enjoy our picnic style lunch and take a dip in the ocean and snorkel, if the weather and sea conditions permit. We will end the day by paying a visit to Gorreana Tea Factory.
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Embark on an incredible journey along the north coast of São Miguel. This tour will take you from Ribeira Funda through old mill ruins, the stunning Praia da Viola beach, and informative plates about the region's customs. You'll end in the friendly parish of Maia, at the Fishing Port of Praia do Calhau D'Areia beach, where crystal-clear waters await. Travel back in time to the 80s and experience fun, adventure, and unforgettable landscapes along the way.

  • Take a closer look at typical Azorean rural villages.
  • Explore valleys hosting old watermills, waterfalls and streams.
  • Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views along a coastline trail.
  • Take a refreshing swim and snorkel in the ocean.
  • Pay a visit to a local Tea Plantation.
  • Suitable for almost all ages, families and friends;
  • It is recommended that you are in good physical shape as this tour includes, at times; walking on unstable terrain, muddy slopes, and steep and sometimes slippery uphill and downhill paths.

NOTE: This Hiking Tour is considered to be a Full Day tour which includes; Pick-up and Drop-off from / to your place of accommodation, Break time to enjoy a picnic lunch (provided), a couple of hours of hiking and time to swim and snorkel (provided) and/or relax at the end of the tour.

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  • Accredited guides.
  • Insurances.
  • Snacks.
  • Picnic Lunch.
  • Pick-up and Drop-off from / to your place of accommodation.
  • Trekking poles.
  • Snorkeling Masks.


What to bring:

  • Comfortable clothes and shoes: we recommend carrying a light waterproof jacket and wearing hiking boots or walking shoes.
  • Individual water bottle.
  • Small backpack: to carry your personal belongings and the lunch we provide.
  • Bathing suit and a Beach towel: we recommend bringing a plastic bag for carrying your wet belongings after swimming.
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat.
  • Medication: Any personal medication that you may need for the duration of the tour (eg: inhaler for asthma, sugar packets for diabetics, anti-inflammatory gel etc.)
  • Knee/ankle Support : For anyone who suffers from certain area joint problems, we recommend wearing an elastic support for better stability and to prevent any further injury.

Important information:

  • This activity is not recommended for persons with severe problems with their back, knees or ankles. Please let us know of any previous injuries, medical conditions or health problems when booking.

Children are under the responsibility of an adult.

Pick-up and Drop-off:

  • The Pick-up time is, usually, around 09:00 AM at, or close to, your place of accommodation. Consider this for the areas of Ponta Delgada, Capelas, Caloura, Lagoa and Ribeira Grande (for others, please contact us).
  • When the activity is over, we will Drop you off at your place of accommodation again.
  • We will contact you in case we need to settle a different Pick-up time or place.
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