SAO JORGE Island - Fajas

What's really breath taken in Sao Jorge in the Fajas..
La côte de l'île est particulièrement difficile d'accès, les falaises atteignant plusieurs centaines de mètres de hauteur par endroit. Les effondrements de ces falaises ont donné naissance à des terrasses basses à proximité de la mer, appelées Fajãs aux Açores. Celles-ci sont particulièrement fertiles et leurs microclimats permettent des cultures très variées et exotiques, comme le café sur la Fajã dos Vimes. 
São Jorge fut découverte en 1439, mais ne fut peuplée que vingt ans plus tard lorsque des colons issus du nord du Portugal vinrent s'y établir. Les zones les plus favorables de l'île sont constituées des Fajãs sur la côte nord, dont quelques-unes n'ont été longtemps accessibles que par la mer. Les principales sont les Fajãs do Ouvidor, d'origine lavique, de Cubres, de Santo Cristo au nord et Fajã dos Vimes au sud. Les Fajãs de Cubres et de Santo Cristo sont les seuls endroits des Açores renfermant des lagunes.
Faja dos Vimes -

Faja dos Cubres - The size of the fajã has been attributed to the 9 July 1757 earthquake, considered the most violent tectonic quake that occurred in the Azores. This seismic event was characterized by violent movements of land (landslides, collapses and rockfalls) that were responsible for the creation of several fajãs on the island, such as the Fajã of Ponta Nova, and the growth of pre-existing fajãs. The event, and associated aftershocks, were responsible for the destruction in Fajã dos Vimes, Fajã do São João and Fajã dos Cúberes, where "it moved the land, from the centre above, with luck, in them, there is no sign of buildings." The earthquake produced major damage in Calheta and caused the death of 1034 on the island of São Jorge.
The Hermitage of Nossa Senhora das Lurdes was open to the faithful on 18 October 1908. It was offered to the public by António Faustino Nunes, a native of this fajã and later emigrant to California. To the rear of the church is a tidal well, who some believed its waters were considered miraculous.

Lagoon and Hermitage of Nossa Senhora das Lurdes -

Trail from Cubres to Santo Cristo - Can be done walking in around 2 hours or renting a quad. 

Faja do Belo - Half way ..

Faja da Caldeira de Santo Cristo - The lagoon was listed along with Lagoa da Fajã dos Cubres as a "Wetland of International Importance" under the Ramsar Convention in 2005. The fajãs and coastal area connecting the two lagoons make up the remainder of the wetland.

O Borges - If you arrived at the end of the trail at Faja de Santo Cristo for lunch, you have to eat the clams produce in that lagoon at O Borges and leave a note on the sailing. 

Lagoa da Fajã de Santo Cristo - 

Trail way back -

Faja d'Alèm - This Faja is one of the most traditional and crazy one, with a really hard straight trail going down the cliff and a moto cable to bring the supplies down... 

(c) Chavanitas