The itinerary through the Azores continues on the Central Group, through the island of São Jorge.
The island of São Jorge stands out on the map of the Azores archipelago for its long, narrow shape and completes, together with the islands of Pico and Faial, the triangle of the Central Group. Its central mountain range, where you can find lakes and dozens of volcanic cones, descends along steep cliffs towards the sea or gives way to the famous fajãs.
To make the most of your stay with your family on this unforgettable island, here are six suggestions for activities.
1. Visit the fajãs – The island of São Jorge is known for its fajãs. There are so many that it’s hard to make a selection. The people of Jorge will each have their favorite.
Fajã Grande, belonging to the municipality of Calheta, is the one with the most permanent inhabitants and from where you can get privileged views over the island of Pico. Fajã dos Vimes is one of the most beautiful fajãs on the south coast of the island, known for its quilt weaving and coffee plantations, thanks to its microclimate. Fajã do Ouvidor is probably the most popular fajã on the North Coast of the island for its natural charms, natural pools and restaurants. Fajã dos Bodes, located in the parish of Ribeira Seca, which access is made from Fajã dos Vimes, is where the more rural and more traditional side is lived. The Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo is the most popular and the most visited for its lake and sea conditions favorable to surfing. And there are still others, such as Fajã do Belo, Fajã dos Cubres, Fajã da Ribeira da Areia, Fajã do Além or Fajã do João Dias.
The best way to get to know these authentic wonders of Nature is through the walking trails, which quickly become great sceneries for family photos.
2. Try the famous São Jorge Cheese – The best known cheese in the Azores is São Jorge Cheese, with a Protected Designation of Origin (DOP). Its spicy, intense and undoubtedly delicious flavor is truly remarkable! Made by skilled hands, it has a minimum curing time of 3 months and contains production secrets that make it unique. For all these reasons, be sure to go to Cooperativa Agrícola de São Jorge to find out more about its making, to savor it and buy a piece to take with you.
3. Take a dip in one of the natural pools – The island of São Jorge offers natural pools that are very popular among locals and visitors, where you can enjoy clear and inviting waters.
4. Hike the Serra do Topo – Caldeira de Santo Cristo – Fajã dos Cubres trail – This is definitely a trail not to be missed on the island of São Jorge. This beautiful trail goes from Serra do Topo to Fajã dos Cubres, passing through Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo. Although it lasts 5 hours and is of medium difficulty, as you are with your family, you will always have the opportunity to stop to rest, swim and have lunch in Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo.
5. Discover the Forest Reserve of Sete Fontes – Located in the parish of Rosais, this forest reserve offers countless opportunities for good family moments walking through the lush vegetation or having a delightful picnic.
6. Take a boat trip – There are several trips around the island and a very special one that goes to Ponta dos Rosais. Don’t hesitate in investing in one.
Also read “6 activities for families with children not to be missed on Pico Island“, “5 activities for families with children not to be missed on Terceira island“, “5 activities for families with children not to be missed in São Miguel”, “5 activities for families with children that you must do in Santa Maria“, “6 activities for families with children not to be missed on Faial island” and “6 activities for families with children not to be missed on Graciosa island”.