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Vereda do Pico Branco e Terra Chã

This trail starts on the regional road – 111. On the way to the top of Pico Branco, you will come across a huge prismatic, geological formation, Rocha Quebrada, into which the footpath itself was carved. After the ascent to Cabeço do Caranguejo, the footpath continues through a shrubby area of Monterey cypresses (Cupressus macrocarpa) to a fork leading on the right to Terra Chã and on the left to Pico Branco, the second highest peak on Porto Santo Island. The name Pico Branco (White Peak) derives from a column of white stone and also from the white lichen (Roccella sp) that grows on the rock. This walk passes through a Natura 2000 Directive habitats of the European sites of Community interest network, displaying a large number of endemic flora and fauna (terrestrial molluscs or snails) species. Here you can also fnd important sea bird species, including Cory’s shearwater (Calonectris borealis) and the common tern (Sterna hirundo). From the variours viewpoints located along this trail, you can a have a glimpse of a larger part of the island.

Diffculty: Moderate

Distance: 2,7 km ( +2,7 km return)

Duration: 1h30

Highest point: 450 m

Lowest point: 184 m

Start/Finish: E.R. 111 Terra Chã

Recommendations: No springs, take water.

Access: Only by car