We began our exploration of Sao Jorge by visiting the remote Caldeira de Santo Cristo, which can be reached by foot or by ATV. We began at Topo, down the mountain on the north side of Sao Jorge. Phillip planned to pick us up at Faja dos Cubres so that we could hike through, Cubres can be reached by car.
There is a small village on the caldeira, about 10 people reside here year round. Santo Cristo is a famous surfing location, and there is a surf camp nestled at the base of the faja’s cliffs; it radiated relaxation as a few guests lounged about. The lagoon at the caldeira is the only location in the Azores archipelago where clams survive. The clams are harvested as a local specialty and they are delicious! Santo Cristo was peaceful, songbirds made the loudest chatter as we strolled through the village while cows, horses, and sheep grazed in small pastures between the crops. We stopped at the restaurant for lunch.
Fabulous day soaking up all the beauty of Santo Cristo!