South Coast Trail is a very popular route in the island all year, but the summer makes it even more charming. Engage in a 4-5 hour trekking experience that unveils the geological distinctiveness of the island with the beautiful coastline always in sight.


  • Start at “Forte de São Brás”, military construction from the 17th century built to defend the island from pirate attacks.
  • At Pedreira do Campo, explore this natural monument where an old quarry front with about 260 metres of length presents underwater volcanic rocks and marine sediments fossils.
  • Next you’ll visit “Gruta do Figueiral” – an artificial cave that resulted from the intense extraction of clay, important raw material for construction in the early days.
  • The hardest part is done when you get to see the Praia Formosa bay at its full magnificence. Now it’s time to descend until Prainha (roughly translated as “little beach)”, a true gem you can only access by trailing or by boat as it lies hidden between the hills.
  • Follow along coast with the ocean right by your side and uncover more signs of Santa Maria’s unique geology until reaching famous Praia Formosa.
  • An awesome local guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off within Vila do Porto
  • Lamps to observe the inside of Gruta do Figueiral
  • Water and cereal bar
  • Great memories to take home
  • Lunch or any other food on the way;
  • Pick-up and drop-off outside Vila. But add in on the note if you need it so we can add up to your reservation
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Raincoat
  • Walking shoes/sneakers, preferably not slippery
  • You need some physical fitness for this experience. If you are able to power walk for at least 30 minutes, you should have the necessary endurance
  • We usually start at 09AM and end by 02PM. If you have any impediment for that time, please mention it on the "Notes" field in your reservation



per person €45*

4 to 5 HOURS

* price may vary according to number of people and time of year.




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