Activities in São Jorge
Being in nature in São Jorge is definitely the main reason to visit. The landscape is simply amazing and the villages are picturesque and tiny (the smallest only has 7 inhabitants!). When visiting this island, you will have to do a lot of walking as there are no roads and the island is very mountainous, so you should bring comfortable shoes. The most famous hiking trail is Caldeira de Santo Cristo, which starts on a mountain top and descends for about 3 hours through several fajãs where you can swim under waterfalls. Along the way you will see cow pastures, small forests, blue hydrangeas, juniper bushes, yellow ginger lilies, lush green valleys and waterfalls before ending in one of the most famous fajãs, Fajã dos Cubres. This would be the perfect place for you to watch birds, take a relaxing walk and have a picnic by the beautiful lakes.
Also there are many small villages to visit – the biggest one being Vela, where you will find some restaurants, stores and the pretty little square Jardim da Praça da República with a bright red music pavilion and a cage full of birds.
The island is dotted with lighthouses. At the westernmost point of the island, Ponta dos Rosais, you have the chance to visit an abandoned lighthouse from which you can see Pico, Faial and sometimes Graciosa and Flores. Another sight you must see is the Sineria Tower. The tower is known to having survived a volcanic eruption that destroyed most of the area, but left the tower intact.