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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. Before that, we will stop by Coroa da Mata to see the beautiful view over Ponta do Cintraão.

The 5km trail we will walk (about 3 miles) starts in Ribeira Funda, in front of the Ermida Nossa Senhora da Aflição, and ends at Maia’s fishing port. We will follow the stream downwards and discover some ancient water mill ruins and the waterfall of Ribeira Funda. We will also talk about the vineyards of this area and the tobacco production. Crossing the stream bed will lead us to the route going towards Viola beach.

Then, we will take a break for our light meal and relax a bit before continuing our trip. we will discover vines and production of tobacco until reaching the village of Maia. The trail ends next to the fishing harbor where we can stop to take a dip in the natural pools or at the beach. 

Note: We suggest swimming at Maia beach because Viola beach can have stronger currents and for this reason it is better for people who don’t feel comfortable in the ocean. 

5 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
  • – Guide
  • – Walking sticks
  • – Light meal (sandwich, cake, fruit, water, juice)
  • – Stop at anciente water mill ruins
  • – Pick up and drop off in the center of Ponta Delgada, spots to be designated. Other areas can increase the value of pick up to be confirmed with our services
  • – Insurance (personal accident & liability)
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