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This trail starts in Ribeira Funda (Fenais da Ajuda) and ends at Maia’s fishing port. We will follow the stream downwards and discover some ancient water mill ruins. Crossing the stream bed will lead us to the route going towards Praia da Viola beach. After walking the black sand for a while we will take a trail going upwards that offers a wider and better view over the surrounding area. We will continue along a narrow path with many giant reeds (arundo donax), finding several small water courses and typical Azorean sceneries (green fields, pastures, sea and also some animals). After walking this dirt road for a while, we will find the road and shortly after, Maia’s fishing port where the trail ends. If you want to refresh yourself with a quick swim, we can walk a bit more to reach the village natural pools. After a picnic lunch, we have the opportunity go to the Tobacco Museum of Maia, an ancient tobacco factory.
Bring: comfortable light clothes, sweater, raincoat, walking boots or shoes, hat, sunblock, backpack, swimming suit and towel (summer time).
Q: Can I swim in the natural swimming pools in Maia?
A: After the walk you will have time for a dip before or after picnic lunch.
Price per person