near Angra do Heroísmo, Açores (Portugal)
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Official walking trail with description available under
Trail does not present particular difficulties, a good option to do when weather does not invite hiking in the higher parts of Terceira. There are downhill sections on bare rock faces, which may be slippery when wet, under these wet conditions trail should probably be ranked as "Moderate".
Currently (October 2021) the above web site states that the trail is closed, don't know for what reason, maybe after bad weather, take care.
For those interested in the military history of Fortaleza S. João Baptista, much more detailed info than available, e.g., on Wikipedia can be obtained from the Portuguese Ministry of Defence (mostly in Portuguese)
Entrada Forte S. João Baptista
Fort of S. João Baptista Together with the historical centre of Angra do Heroismo, this fortress which covers most of Monte Brasil, is classified since 1983 as UNESCO World Heritage site.
View over Angra, 19th century powder magazine
Panoramic view over Angra
Pico do Facho Posto Semafórico
Diversion to Forte da Quebrada
For a visit to Forte da Quebrada, divert here from the main trail to the left (not part of our GPS track).
Vígia da Baleia
Miradouro do Alto da Caldeira
Miradouro do Pico das Cruzinhas
Monumento D. Afonso VI
Monument commemorating 350y of arrival of King D. Afonso VI at Fortaleza de São João Baptista (1668), where he was put on exile by his brother, after freeing Portugal from Spanish rule