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Volcanic Coastline, Island of Sao Jorge, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic

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Sao Jorge a long (56 km) narrow (8 km wide), rugged and mountainous island rises steeply out of the blue-green ocean forming an undulating central ridge, which reaches 1053m. It offers the active visitor some of the most rewarding and isolated walks in the whole archipelago.

A number of unique, small, flat and fertile areas (called a faja) can be found at the base of the towering cliffs. Accommodating small settlements of a handful or so hardy souls, many of these fajas are only accessible by foot and bring a uniqueness and isolation not found elsewhere in the archipelago or to that, in Europe.

Of our many Sao Jorge adventures, one of our favorites was a 3 day walk/camp that incorporated the fajas of Santa Christo and dos Cubres, and the full length of the central ridge which afforded breathtaking views of the other four islands of the central group. Read more of our Sao Jorge adventure.

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A large percentage of Sao Jorge is high pasture which supports an amazing amount of dairy cattle (20,000) for such a small island. From the high quality milk which the cows produce comes the famous "Sao Jorge cheese", which is still manufactured using traditional techniques and exported to the mainland.


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  • Sao Jorge got its name from Saint George.
  • Sao Jorge is 56 km long, 8 km at its widest, with a total land area of 245 sq. km.
  • While the long central ridge generally fluctuates between 300 m to 700 m, the highest point (Pico da Esperanca) reaches 1053 m
  • With just over 9,500 inhabitants, Sao Jorge accounts for approximately 4% of the population of the archipelago.
  • The unusual mountainous landscape means that the majority of the population of Sao Jorge lives on the small coastal plains called fajas.
  • Sao Jorge is part of the central island group.
  • A main economic activity is dairy farming, including the production of the famous Sao Jorge Cheese.

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Sao Jorge Highlights
  • Sao Jorge is a walkers paradise, especially if you want natural, beautiful, unique and peaceful surroundings.
  • Walk - Serra do Topo - Faja Dos Cubres (including Faja da Caldeira do Santo Cristo): 4hours, moderate.
  • Walk - Ridge Walk from Norte Pequeno back to Velas: 30km, moderate.
  • Walk - Down to Faja do Joao Dias: 3-4hours, moderate.
  • Sete Fontes a floral forest park
  • Sao jorge Cheese

Festivals on Sao Jorge
  • Esp´┐Żrito Santo (Holy Ghost festival).
  • Cultural Week (Velas)
  • July festival (Calheta) - Music festival : third week of July.


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