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Sao Jorge Holidays

Sao Jorge holidays

The Brown Island - Sao Jorge is a long (55km) and narrow (8km wide) island with a total area of 246 sq.km, which was formed by a series of successive volcanic eruptions.

The craggy coastline plunges almost vertically (400m in parts) into the ocean with unique, frequent, small fertile flat areas (fajas) at the base of the cliffs. The central platform runs at an average height of 700m, rising to 1053m at the highest point.

South coast Faja, Sao Jorge, the Azores

Holidays In Sao Jorge

80% of the island is high pasture which supports 20,000 dairy cattle producing high quality milk from which comes the famous Sao Jorge cheese, still manufactured using traditional techniques and the original recipe.

This is an island for walking, for exploring the little settlements on the fajas along the coast by car, for admiring the stunning scenery and visiting the two small port towns of Velas and Calheta.

16km across the water is Pico (accessible in one hour by boat) where a 2,351m volcano dominates the skyline and seems but a stone’s throw away.

Area: 245 sq. km
Length: 55 km (34 miles)
Width: 8 km (5 miles)
Population: 11,000 inhabitants
Capital: Velas

Cheese
Try the delicious Sao Jorge cheese – you won’t be disappointed.

Pico da Esperanca
From here, the highest peak (1,053m) on the island, you can admire the central islands of Terceira, Graciosa, Faial and Pico. Other fine views can be enjoyed from the Miradouro points overlooking the Faja do Ouvidor and the Faja dos Cubres, and from the summit of Pico da Velha.

Birdlife
The Fajas of Santo Cristo and of Cubres are the best birding spots on the island, mainly for seabirds, waders, herons and egrets.  

Handicrafts
In Ribeira do Nabo you will find a small co-operative making and selling lace work and weaved products.

Fact
The lagoon of Faja do Santo Cristo is the only place in the Azores where clams can be fished.

  • Espírito Santo (7 weeks after Easter)
  • Cultural week in Velas (1st week of July)
  • Music festival in Calheta (last week of July)

Note: Dates are subject to change.

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