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Hiking in Moinhos da Ribeira Funda/Praia da Viola/Maia - full day


There is so much to discover along the North coast of São Miguel island! Let’s drive eastward to reach Fenais da Ajuda, where we will begin the walking trip. The 7km trail we will walk starts in Ribeira Funda and ends at Maia’s fishing port. We will follow the stream downwards and discover some ancient water mill ruins. Crossing the stream bed will lead us to the route going towards Viola beach.

After walking on the black sand for a while we will take a trail going upwards that offers a wider and better view over the surrounding area. We will continue along a narrow path with many giant reeds (Arundo donax), finding several small watercourses and typical Azorean sceneries (green fields, pastures, sea and also some animals).

Then, we will find the concrete road and shortly after, Maia’s fishing port where the trail ends. If you want to refresh yourself with a quick swim, we can walk a bit more to reach the village natural pools. 

The price for this activity is 50€ per adult, 29,25€ per child.

Please note that the minimum age for walking tours is 8 years old.

7 Km


Ponta Delgada - Maia - Ponta Delgada


Bring: comfortable light clothes, sweater, raincoat, walking boots or shoes, a hat, sunblock, backpack, swimming suit and towel (summer time).


Light picnic meal: generally a sandwich, water, fruit, juice, and a cake.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I swim in the natural swimming pools in Maia?
A: After the walk, you will have time for a dip before or after picnic lunch.

Q: Where is the hike located?
A: Fenais da Ajuda is located on the North coast, 40 minutes farther East from Ponta Delgada.

Q: Do I need to be in a particularly good physical condition for this hike?
A: This hike is considered as medium level because we will walk on uneven paths. However, you don’t need to be an athlete to do this tour, it is still accessible for children above 8 years old.

Q: What if I am allergic to some food or have a specific diet?
A: We will always try to adapt to meet your needs. Please let us know if you have any food restriction.


Price per adult


Price per child

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This program includes
  • – Nature Guide
  • – Discover some ancient water mill ruins
  • –  Possibility to swim in the natural pool at Maia harbour
  • – Picnic lunch (sandwich, cake, fruit, water, juice);
  • – Pick up and drop off at the hotel or Tourism Office.
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