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Salto do Prego: The Paradisiacal Waterfall of Faial da Terra

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Salto do Prego is located in the parish of Faial da Terra, in São Miguel. This paradisiacal nore is portrayed by national and international visitors as being a unique experience. Especially for its privileged view over the region and Atlantic Ocean.

However, first of all, it is important to note that Salto do Prego, in fact, is a cascade. To reach the site you will need to travel the Salto do Prego Trail to the destination.

On your visit to Salto do Prego you will have the opportunity to explore the wonders that the surrounding nature has at your disposal. In addition, along your passage through Faial da Terra take the opportunity to visit other points of tourist interest in the region.

What is Salto do Prego?

Salto do Prego is considered a “hidden” paradise within the wild nature full of the most varied species of vegetation typical of this region.

David Rodrigues | The arrival of visitors to the former líbris of Salto do Prego.
David Rodrigues | The arrival of visitors to the former líbris of Salto do Prego.

Known for its clear, icy water cascade. This water fall is one of the most popular in the area and attracts thousands of national and international visitors annually.

Did you know | The Salto do Prego Waterfall is considered the "great reward" of the arduous 2 km walk along the trail to the waterfall.

Here you will be in constant contact with the natural beauty of Salto do Prego. And you’ll still get to know the history of this attraction a little better. Along the way, you can contemplate several points of great historical importance. In this sense, this is a place worth visiting.

What to Do on Your Salto do Prego Visit?

Known for its characteristic setting that pleases kids and big people, The Salto do Prego will always be a good option. If you are looking for a unique experience, here to enjoy unforgettable moments with family or friends.

From activities that pull more by your spirit of adventure, to the permanent contact with nature that transmits you more peaceful and relaxing experiences.

To complement your visit, we decided to gather some points of tourist interest and activities that may not be missing in your passage through Salto do Prego.

Visit Faial da Terra

Faial da Terra, also known locally as the “Nativity Scene of the Island”, is a parish of São Miguel with approximately 350 inhabitants who live essentially from agricultural activity.

This parish has many particularities. Among them stand out:

  • the fertile lands
  • its proximity to the sea
  • and with the main bathing areas of São Miguel.
Alvaro RP | Between valleys and mountains to the immensity of the ocean, Faial da Terra has a magnificent view.
Álvaro RP | Between valleys and mountains to the immensity of the ocean, Faial da Terra has a magnificent view.

It is estimated that, in the early sixteenth century, this was one of the first places to be populated on the island.

Did you know | The Faial of the Earth inherited this name due to the abundant presence of the small tree "Beech-of-Earth" (Murcia Faya). This species native to The Macaronesia of the Azores dominated the low-lying forests of the island.

During your visit to Faial da Terra, we advise our readers to explore the wonderful Salto do Prego Trail, the unforgettable Aldeia do Sanguinho and the imposing Salto do Prego Waterfall.

Walk the Salto do Prego Hiking Trail

The Salto do Prego Trail is surrounded by a pure and virtually untouchable forest. Being marked by the presence of dense vegetation of several exotic species typical in the archipelago. Along the way will go through:

  • some orchards of the families of the area
  • small streams that feed the main stream
  • animals residing in this habitat
  • and the imposing waterfall of the Prego Waterfall.
David Rodrigues | The roosters and chickens that inhabit here are the famous guardians of The Salto do Prego.
David Rodrigues | The roosters and chickens that inhabit here are the famous guardians of The Salto do Prego.

The path has some slopes, steps and wooden bridges. It is also categorized as being a circular route with 4.5 km long. It lasts approximately 2 hours at a moderate rate —which excludes pause time in the cascade.

Did you know | There are two paths to the Waterfall, one shorter and easier and another longer and more difficult. Being that, the trail continues after the waterfall and ends in the same place where it began.

The route begins in the beautiful and picturesque parish of Faial da Terra. It is situated in a valley that winds the Ribeira do Faial da Terra surrounded by green landscapes. This is also where the river flows into the sea.

Dive into the Waterfall Salto do Prego

After walking the Salto do Prego Trail you will find this beautiful house. He is one of the ex-libris of São Miguel who rewards all those who walk to get there.

The Salto do Prego Cascade is relatively small and the depth of the water is considered low. Still, it has an imposing fall of icy water surrounded by rocks. There you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the space.

Roger Altamira | The paradisiacal nore of Salto do Prego, take the opportunity to relax and to immerse yourself in the clear and icy water of the waterfall.
Roger Altamira | The paradisiacal of Salto do Prego, take the opportunity to relax and to immerse yourself in the clear and icy water of the waterfall.

It is a great place to have a picnic with your family and/or friends after a long walk. You can also soak in the cold water and explore the top of the waterfall. Many describe the experience as a rejuvenating moment for the body and mind.

Explore the Village of Sanguinho

Aldeia do Sanguinho is a small and charming rural village. It is soured by abundant tropical nature. You can find it somewhere on the trail that will take you to the Waterfall of Salto do Prego.

David Rodrigues | The quiet Village of Sanguinho, located in the middle of the access forests to the Salto do Prego Waterfall.
David Rodrigues | The quiet Village of Sanguinho, located in the middle of the access forests to the Salto do Prego Waterfall.

This small village with hundreds of years was built by the first inhabitants of the region. It is rumored to have been built and populated primarily by farmers or emigrants in search of better living conditions.

The site was strategically chosen for the purpose of the population to protect houses, land and farms from the storms that sometimes plagued the region. However, it is estimated that the village was vacated four decades ago following the floods of faial da Terra.

Did you know | The Village of Sanguinho was thus known due to the abundant existence of the species of the sanguinho shrub in this region.

The Sanguinho has about twenty uninhabited houses, which once housed more than two hundred people. However, recently, a project for the recovery and resettlement of the village has begun. Currently, it is possible to stay in some houses and there is also a café in operation in this place.

When is the Best Time to Visit Salto do Prego?

The island of São Miguel is situated in the Eastern Group of the Azores Archipelago. Here you will be able to notice the atypical characteristics of this climate resulting from several factors, which contribute to its plant exuberance and landscape value.

The climate is mild regardless of the season in question, and the average values do not present many changes. Temperatures vary between:

  • the 16th degrees in spring
  • the 21st degrees in summer
  • 18 degrees in autumn
  • and the 14th degree in winter.
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In the particular case of Salto do Prego, given the location of this tourist spot in the middle of nature and the low water temperatures, the best time of year to visit the place is in the months of May until September. This is in case you want to take the opportunity to dive in the waterfall and / or explore more safely the fauna and flora that surround the place.

On the other hand, although on the coldest and wettest days the accesses are not the best – floor is more slippery – the place continues to attract the more adventurous. They set out on the discovery to contemplate the view of the sky through the circular “window” formed by the treetops as it rains.

What is the Best Time of Day to Visit The Salto do Prego?

On your visit to Salto do Prego, and taking into account the time it will take to walk the trail to the waterfall, we advise our readers to make part of the day available to enjoy the place calmly and quietly avoiding the hours of greater flow of people.

Marco Medeiros | The imposing waterfall of The Prego Waterfall, surrounded by its typical Macaronesian vegetation.
Marco Medeiros | The imposing waterfall of The Prego Waterfall, surrounded by its typical Macaronesian vegetation.

In this sense, we suggest that you start your walk in the morning. In this way, you will have more time to enjoy the place and return to Faial da Terra with clarity and in time to enjoy a rewarding lunch.

How to Plan A Salto do Prego Visit?

Salto do Prego is one of the most famous points of the island of São Miguel, due to its versatility of experiences that can be done on site. In addition to Salto do Prego, you can also get to know other areas of interest throughout your stay in the region.

David Rodrigues | After the extensive walk along the Prego Do Prego Trail, visitors finally arrive at the Waterfall.
David Rodrigues | After the extensive walk along the Prego Do Prego Trail, visitors finally arrive at the Waterfall.

Once you have chosen the exact dates and duration of your trip, start by setting the right accommodation for you. The sooner you book, the more likely you are to find an offer with a lower price.

Another point that we consider to be essential for a good management of your time is the definition of a detailed itinerary with all the places you want to visit during your stay.

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How to Get to Salto do Prego?

The Salto do Prego can be reached by the same road — EN1, which takes you to the Faial da Terra. After arriving at the “Nativity Scene of the Island”, you will be able to easily find many signs. These indicate the correct direction to follow to get to the destination you want to visit.

David Rodrigues | Somewhere on the trail, visitors are on their way to Salto do Prego.
David Rodrigues | Somewhere on the trail, visitors are on their way to Salto do Prego.

To get to the tourist attraction you must follow the path by the Salto do Prego Trail. The linear route connects the Ribeira do Faial da Terra, to the parish, begins on the regional road between Povoação and Água Retorta, next to a snack park, before the Retorta Water Recreational Forest Reserve.

Note: Caution is advised along the way to transposition the wooden bridges due to the damp and/or slippery floor.

What To Take to Salto do Prego?

Have you planned your visit to Salto do Prego? The time has come to know what are the essential items that can not miss for your experience to be the best possible.

In this sense, we recommend that you take:

  • a comfortable outfit
  • shoes equally comfortable and suitable for the trail — hiking shoes
  • and a bathing suit if you want to dive into the waterfall.

You can also take with you a backpack with:

one extra warmer piece of clothing

a waterproof or windbreaker

a towel to dry and sit on the floor

a camera to externize moments

Sunscreen

some snacks and water.

Note: Salto do Prego is a protected landscape location, so be sure to preserve nature. Bring with you your trash and, if possible, the one you meet along the way.

What are the Prices and Schedules of Excursions to Salto do Prego?

There are several options you have at your disposal. From individual packages, for two people or even for larger groups, excursions with the presence of a guide to Salto do Prego range from €50 to €75 per person.

However, remember that you will be accompanied by a specialist who will give you all kinds of more detailed and detailed explanations about where you go.

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In any case, if you want to go to the adventure at your own risk the paths of the trail are well signposted and you can easily find the access trail to the Waterfall of Salto do Prego or to the Village of Sanguinho.

What to Do After Visiting Salto do Prego?

Have you ever walked the rustic trail, explored the rural village and dived into the famous waterfall of icy water? Don’t worry, your adventure doesn’t end here — take the opportunity to visit other tourist attractions in the region.

Salto do Prego is paradisiacal that everyone is looking for, however, the parish of Faial da Terra has much to offer you and you can easily find the next destination ideal for you.

To help you in this process of choice, we highlight six sights that we consider to be an excellent bet for our readers regardless of the personal tastes of each.

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Visit the Church of Nossa Senhora da Graça

The Church of Nossa Senhora da Graça, built in Ponta Delgada in the 17th century. It was part of the former Convent of the Eremitas of Santo Agostinho or Gracianos, where it maintained its life and religious activity until 1832.

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After the extinction of the Religious Orders, the interior of the old house of prayer was stripped of any liturgical vestige. And it was later transformed and adapted to house other institutions.

Did you know | The Ponta Delgada Meteorological Station — which later led to the creation of the Azores Meteorological Service— operated in the tower of this church.

In this sense, the facilities of the old church and the convent space subsequently welcomed the gymnasium of the high school of Ponta Delgada, later the judicial court and the secretariat of finance, followed by the municipal library and finally the Free Academy of Arts of Ponta Delgada. At this time the space of the old church is closed.

Visit Azores | The old convent church of Our Lady of Grace.
Visit Azores | The old convent church of Our Lady of Grace.

Explore the Viewpoint of the Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Paz

The Viewpoint of the Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Paz is situated at the top of the Mount of Our Lady of Peace. With a breathtaking view over the Islet of Vila Franca do Campo and the Atlantic Ocean. After climbing the extensive staircase to reach the top of the hermitage your view is rewarding.

Located at 215 meters of altitude, this viewpoint is a must stop for those who are traveling on the magnificent island of São Miguel.

The landscape from the top of The Mount of Our Lady of Peace is a must and transmits peace and tranquility. The indescribable view is marked by the contrast between the white houses — typical dwellings of the region, and the lush green of the meadows.

David Rodrigues | The stunning view over the islet of Vila Franca do Campo and the Atlantic Ocean is a must stop in São Miguel.
David Rodrigues | The stunning view over the islet of Vila Franca do Campo and the Atlantic Ocean is a must stop in São Miguel.

Meet the Chapel of Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Paz

The Hermitage of Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Paz was built in mid-1522. The 16th century chapel was later rebuilt in 1764 and often restored over the centuries.

Did you know | The total set of the imposing staircase of 100 steps and 10 levels represents two thirds of the rosary. The levels correspond to the Father-Ours and the steps refer to the Hail Marys.

Of great interior and exterior beauty, the hermitage is one of the best known in the region. Based on the typical Baroque architectural style of the region. The church has a chancel where the main altar is located and two side naves that welcome its faithful in the celebration of the Eucharist.

Alvaro RP | The extensive staircase of 10 levels to the Chapel of Our Lady of Peace.
Álvaro RP | The extensive staircase of 10 levels to the Chapel of Our Lady of Peace.

In 1991, the Chapel of Our Lady of Peace was classified by the Regional Government of the Azores as being a property of public interest.

Contemplate the Landscape of the Viewpoint of Pico dos Bodes

The Viewpoint of Pico dos Bodes, is a place of mandatory passage in the municipality of Povoação. In addition to the panoramic view of great coverage that extends from the coast of Faial da Terra to Vila Franca do Campo.

Álvaro RP | The stunning view from the Miradouro do Pico dos Bodes over the Atlantic Ocean

This viewpoint is supported by an infrastructure intended for sea observation at an angle of 180 degrees. Also serving as a whale watchstation. And it has recently gained new visibility due to the recovery of the Whale Watch Trail.

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It is situated at an altitude of 460 metres high, with a small lawn and some stone benches. From this point you can contemplate an indescribable view over the south coast of São Miguel.

Enjoy a Meal in the Porto Novo Snack Park

The Porto Novo Merendas Park, situated on the seafront with a privileged view over Portinho do Faial da Terra. It is a place of free access with great landscape interest.

This snack park, in particular, is equipped with grills, tables and stone benches for lunches/rest and a haystack. In addition, like the common snack parks, the site is wooded with species characteristic of the region.

Here you can quietly enjoy a meal with your family and/or friends, relax and get some rest while admiring the landscape that surrounds you. Enjoy this leisure space and conviviality away from civilization and city confusion.

Get to know the Portinho do Faial da Terra Bathing Area

The Portinho Bathing Area, located in the municipality of Povoação, is inserted in a bay protected by the base of a high lavic cliff — approximately 60 meters high, at the southwest end of the Faial Valley of the Earth.

Portinho do Faial da Terra is an excellent place to enjoy the hottest days of São Miguel. Being composed of the bay and the area where the old ramp of the varadouro is located.

This bathing area has a gravel sand or rolled pebble and sand, a swimming pool and all the infrastructure to support bathers. Given the high maritime exposure of the bay, the bathing area is in open sea with sandy bottom and rolled pebble.

Did you know | The amount of existing sand is very variable, changing its extension annually, the rest of which is composed of rolled pebble.

Conclusion – Salto do Prego

Salto do Prego is a waterfall situated inside a dense forest, here you can enjoy moments of tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Before you go on the adventure, remember to carry a backpack with the various items we mentioned. In addition to comfortable clothing and footwear, with the backpack you will be able to have a better experience of the activities you perform.

Finally, start planning your trip in advance and set a detailed itinerary with all the sights you want to visit. Look for several options until you find the one that suits you best to get the most out of this experience.

What are you waiting for? Come and meet all the charms and nooks of the island of São Miguel!

References

Mendonça, L. (2017). Questions and Answers on the History of the Azores. 2nd Edition, Washed Letters. Delgada Point

Forjaz, V., Ribeiro, L., Almeida, L., Pereira, N. and Rodrigues, J. (2019). From the Volcanoes of the Azores. (4th Edition). Washed letters. Delgada Point

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