Graciosa, Azores

Her Grace the Graciosa

The Mount-Crater of Help
Monte da Ajuda Crater, near Santa Cruz da Graciosa.
Starlings at Ponta da Barca
A flock of starlings flies around the Ponta da Barca lighthouse.
franc ceraolo
The main volcanic expression of the island of Graciosa, its great Caldeira.
Praia Bay or São Mateus
The target houses on the beach front, with the edge of the Caldeira above.
Lighted Pasture
Herd of cows graze on a hill inside the Caldeira da Graciosa.
Sunset on Monte da Ajuda
Hermitages of Monte da Ajuda gilded by the imminent sunset, west of Graciosa.
walled pastures
The walled smallholdings characteristic of the Azores in general and also of Graciosa.
salty swimming
Swimmers in a natural marine pool in Carapacho.
The Caldera II Tunnel
Light at the end of the tunnel that leads into the great Caldeira da Graciosa.
walk over wall
Two passersby cross each other on the wall that protects Praia from the waves of the Atlantic.
The Great Boiler
The main volcanic expression of the island of Graciosa, its great Caldeira.
Traditional Mills
One of the many traditional mills that used to grind Graciosa cereals.
Santa Cruz in the Far
View of Santa Cruz da Graciosa from one of the Chapels of Monte da Ajuda.
walled pasture
Cows enter one of Graciosa Island's many walled pastures.
End of the Last Sun
A resplendent sunset west of Ponta da Barca
finishing touches
Fishermen repaint the stern of the "Magda Benjamin".
Furna Tower
The mossy tower that houses the staircase that leads to the bottom of Furna do Enxofre.
An Unexpected Bullring
The bullring of Monte da Ajuda, at the bottom of the homonymous crater.
graceful donkey
One of the seventy or so donkeys that survive on the island of Graciosa.
Srª da Luz Chapel
Srª da Luz Chapel, high above Praia, or São Mateus.
Finally, we will disembark in Graciosa, our ninth island in the Azores. Even if less dramatic and verdant than its neighbors, Graciosa preserves an Atlantic charm that is its own. Those who have the privilege of living it, take from this island of the central group an esteem that remains forever.

It was almost eight at night. We were entering one of the Casas at Quinta do Fragoso.

As we approach, the headlights reveal three or four Frisian cows. Delighted to devour the soft, damp grass of the front garden, they blocked our access to the door.

We were forced into a special expulsion operation that left them mooing in a bad mood. They returned after a few minutes and curled up right there for the night. Too tired to beat them, we decided to enjoy their ruminant company.

We had already come from almost two weeks in the Azores. Cows had become part of our days but this new way of having them almost like a sofa company, came as a fun novelty.

We were coming from a stormy sequence where we only got the calm on the last day of São Jorge.

In Graciosa, from the first morning on, we found ourselves treated to a delicious Azorean Autumn-Summer.

Once Again, the Omnipresent Azorean Cows

As soon as we descended from the clearing of Quinta do Fragoso to the National Road 1-2 that goes around the island, we returned to socializing with the cows.

A large herd was traveling along a stretch of asphalt, exiting onto a path. It was enough time for us to leave the car and indulge in some photos and lively chatter with the owners.

Graciosa, Azores, herd of cows

Herd of cows in a single file and on their way to a pasture in the interior of the island.

Despite the attention that the cattle demanded of him, Mr. Humberto and his wife talked to us with all the sympathy that Graciosa could grant us. “Look, I'm here with 70 cows. Last year, I had to kill twenty. We don't like it, but the rules of the European Union are there, here in the Azores there is a lot of milk. Where is the bull?”, Mr. Humberto asks his wife. Confronted with his disappearance, he apologizes and runs up the path.

We would soon see him behind the wheel of a classic John Deere tractor, one of our favorite brands, right after Massey Ferguson with whom we shared much of our childhood on earth.

From Alto do Sul where we were walking, we traveled to the shallower south, below the patch of minifundios of different tones in which the island's interior unfolds.

At times, this agricultural pattern gives way to the coastal, semi-detached and multicolored houses of Carapacho.

Graciosa, Azores, Carapacho

Carapacho's semi-detached and multicolored houses. place of spas and natural pools.

A Rejuvenating Pass through Vila Termal do Carapacho

The village is above all famous as a beach and spa resort. We were, however, already well out of Estio and the spas remained closed.

We peek at the natural pools below. Out of nowhere, three expats show up, undress and enjoy an, apparently usual, morning sea bath.

The example proved tempting. In three times, we also send our dives, swim a few laps, savor the tepid Atlantic as and while we could.

Graciosa, Azores, swimming pool

Swimmers in a natural swimming pool in Carapacho.

When we got back to the car, the sun that was still rising over the horizon warmed us and recharged our batteries.

We went up to Carapacho Lighthouse. Its promontory reveals three very distinct views: towards the southeast, the islets and rocks and, at the top, Ponta da Restinga.

Back and forth, where we had come from, the houses of Carapacho, set between a rough slab of black lava and a long verdant slope.

Graciosa, Azores, Carapacho

The houses of Carapacho on the edge of a slope below the Caldeira da Graciosa.

Rival Panoramas from the Carapacho Lighthouse

Above, inland opposite Ponta da Restinga, rose the wide cone of Graciosa's most exuberant volcanic formation, the Caldeira Massif (405m), large enough to occupy the entire southeastern third of the island, arranged around a vast Boiler, 1600m long by 900m wide.

We would ascend from there and descend into its depths. From the vicinity of the lighthouse, we limited ourselves to contemplating its walled slope, and the edge of the summit combed by a forest of cedars. A duo of black oxen with tonnage and intimidating bull looks seemed to guard the Caldeira.

Graciosa, Azores, oxen below the Caldeira

Two black oxen seem to block access to the edge of the Caldeira, next to the Carapacho Lighthouse.

We point to the next village. Officially named São Mateus, the parish is best known for its historical name of Praia, whose main location is Vila da Praia or Porto da Praia. The reality we found there still does absolute justice to both baptisms.

São Mateus, or Praia. An elegant town and the beach in Ilha Graciosa

A long promenade that follows the curve of the bay is delimited by white houses, of which the church of São Mateus stands out. The houses are sprinkled with one or another facade in pastel tones in harmony with the golden sand.

There is a consensus among Gracienses that Porto da Praia has the only decent sandy beach on the island. When we walk over the long wall that protects the houses from the Atlantic, we see it invaded by a tide of fine algae that piled up to the point of holding back the waves.

Graciosa, Azores, Beach

The target houses on the beach front, with the edge of the Caldeira above.

Walking outside, the wall becomes a higher wall that, in addition to the current of houses, protects a series of cafes and esplanades, extending to streets and alleys, sometimes to the Rua dos Moinhos de Vento, which houses two of dozens of examples of the island, these, converted into peculiar rural accommodations.

We pass over the portico that opens onto the beach. We unveil the town's port domain and, from the top of the pier, the pronounced rounded shape of its seafront and the outlines of the edge of the Caldeira, a plane above the village's roofs.

Ascension to the Great Caldera of Graciosa Island

It was time to go up to the Caldeira. Along the way, we turned only to the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Saúde, with the infallible purpose of being dazzled by the opposite perspective of Praia: that of the distant village, imposed by the sea, beyond an extensive walled patchwork, furrowed by canes, sometimes pasture, sometimes with other crops and that the sun and clouds gilded or shaded at will.

Graciosa, Azores, Praia, São Mateus

Coastal houses of Praia, or São Mateus.

We left the chapel deserted as we had found it. We return to the road and to the bucolic countryside of Graciosa. We climb the slope to Fonte do Mato. From where we proceed to Canada Longa, on the verge of Furna da Maria Encantada. We started walking again.

A steep, zigzag path leads us to a kind of portico opened up because, in the island's volcanic youth, lava overflowed the crater's rim.

Graciosa, Azores, Boiler

The main volcanic expression of the island of Graciosa, its great Caldeira.

Inside, we noticed that the growing trees had blocked much of the view around the caldera. By contrast, the chirping of birds sounded and resonated with chilling intensity.

We hear you. We let ourselves be enchanted by its unexpected symphony.

Graciosa Island, Azores, Maria Encantada Cave

Indication to a panoramic tower on the edge of Caldeira da Graciosa.

Soon, we return abroad. We went around the edge of the caldera, always climbing, to an observation tower that revealed the vast southern part of the island.

We saw Ponta Branca, Luz and Alto do Sul, where we had started the day. And, as had happened from the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Saúde, new and gracious small farms and houses in Gracios.

Entering the Caldeira and the Descent into the Enigmatic Depths of Furna do Enxofre

But a real incursion into the Caldeira was needed. We return to the car. We pass through the rough, orange tunnel that leads to its core and complete the road that skirts the Styx's inner lagoon.

Graciosa, Azores, Caldeira Tunnel

The tunnel that leads to the interior of the great Caldeira da Graciosa.

The entrance to the Furna do Enxofre complex holds us back. It was the most mystical of the Caldeira's depths. A new walk was thus required, passing through the Visitors' Center building, considered the headquarters of the Biosphere Reserve and the Natural Park of Graciosa.

This new trail leaves us at the top of a spiral staircase (with 183 steps), closed by a mossy tower, with a window on each of the levels.

Each of the windows deepens the view of the great lava cave we were entering.

Graciosa, Azores, Furna do Enxofre

Visitors look at the entrance to the Furna do Enxofre cave.

Finally, at the bottom, we glimpsed a lagoon on which a rowboat floated. It turns out that this pond hides a fumarole that can release carbon dioxide in dangerous concentrations. It will be the main reason why we find the access to the banks of the lagoon fenced.

We admire the Julian panorama around us, with a mainly visual fascination. Not so much the scientific that led French naturalists and researchers, including Prince Albert of Monaco, to explore the cave at the dawn of the XNUMXth century.

From Porto Afonso to Convivio with Franco Ceraolo and his Donkey Association of Graciosa

From the cave of Furna do Enxofre and the great Caldeira da Graciosa, we pass to the tiny ones of Porto Afonso, deepened into the reddish cliff of the inlet by fishermen who have long sheltered their small fishing boats from the storms and destructive waves there.

Graciosa, Azores, Porto Afonso

One of the artisanal fishing boats kept in one of the Porto Afonso caves.

In the undertow that had swept the central group, the sea remained choppy. A single solitary visitor surveyed the state of the sea from the port's jetty.

Graciosa, Azores, Porto Afonso

Graciosa resident enjoys the sea in Porto Afonso inlet.

So, in the vicinity, we decided to go to Esperança Velha and take a look at Franco Ceraolo's farm. Franco is an Italian from Rome, the capital where he worked as a set designer with directors with the notoriety and work of Frederico Fellini, Bernardo Bertolucci and Martin Scorsese.

When he retired, Franco decided he wanted to live on an island. The ones in the Italian Mediterranean were already too touristy. He ended up reading about the Azores and, later, visiting all the islands of the archipelago. He decided to buy a farm and settle in Graciosa. The same farm where he welcomed us.

Franco arrived at Graciosa in 2007. He found that the number of donkeys and their usefulness on the island were decreasing visibly, not least because they had almost all owners of advanced age.

As Franco tells us in his almost perfect Portuguese, while he straps some of his donkeys with carrots, “I arrived here interested in raising animals, after all we were in the Azores and Graciosa. But what animals? Cows? There were too many cows.

Graciosa, Azores, Franco Ceraolo

Franco Ceraolo in the company of two of the donkeys he takes care of on his farm.

Donkeys, unlike cows, were on a path of extinction. In 1926, the island had 6000 inhabitants and 1600 donkeys, to the point that Graciosa was known as the Donkey Island. He decided to promote the preservation and certification of the dwarf donkey on Graciosa Island. Superior purpose for which formed a breeders association with a group of friends.

Now, the inhabitants of Graciosa are just over 4000 people and its dwarf donkeys are only about 70. Only 17 people see it here.”

In the meantime, Franco and the association managed to recognize Graciosa's autochthonous breed in Portugal. Recovering the number of donkeys also involves protecting those that are scattered on other islands in the Azores, such as the neighboring São Jorge. And for registering in a herd book the specimens with the characteristics that make them Graciosa dwarf donkeys.

And it should be noted that the small donkeys from Graciosa – they can measure up to less than a meter in height –, originating in North Africa, can recover the great use they once had. In the countryside, to support agricultural work. And even as tour agents. They are very gentle, easy to control and ideal for short walks, as long as the rider doesn't have too much weight.

“Here at Graciosa, organized some donkeys (group tours) very funny with them. Children love them.”

We sat down for coffee with Franco and his Lisbon wife Sandra. We talked a little more about the island's wine production. And about the value of preserving the historic-traditional architectural heritage of Graciosa and wherever it is, which the couple cherished as much as we do.

With time then, and always counting, we thank them for their kindness and say goodbye, to the apparent displeasure of the donkeys who line up to see us go, intrigued by the brevity of such an embassy.

The Panoramic and Blessed Summit of Monte da Ajuda

With the afternoon coming to an end, we cross the island's capital, Santa Cruz. From one of its streets, we ascend to the scenic hill of Ajuda (130m).

It was at the foot of this volcanic cone that, from 1450, the pioneer settlers of Graciosa. From those remote times onwards, the village expanded to the vast and harmonious houses of today's Santa Cruz.

Graciosa, Azores, City of Santa Cruz

The elegant houses of Santa Cruz da Graciosa, capital of this island of the Central Group of the Azores.

And, when we reached the summit, we found that, even though it was already Santa, the city was blessed to triple by the trio of chapels of São João, São Salvador and Nossa Senhora da Ajuda.

Below, occupying the center of the crater and clashing with the sacredness of the place, the red and white of the local bullring stands out, still used, especially in August, at the time of the bullfighting fair in Santa Cruz.

Ilha Graciosa, Azores, Monte da Ajuda

Aerial view of Monte da Ajuda, above the capital Santa Cruz da Graciosa.

A Rocked Wandering across the Atlantic by Santa Cruz da Graciosa

We went down and dedicated ourselves to the capital. We walk around the square and its peculiar lagoon, from where the towers of the Parish and Church of Misericórdia project high above the roofs of the faithful.

Graciosa Island, Azores

Almost setting sun gilds the Parish Church of Santa Cruz da Graciosa.

Even without seeing it, the Atlantic Ocean rabid.

The brooding of its spaces ended up attracting us to the walled seafront and the lava seashore that enclosed the center of the city. There, as we approached the Ermida do Corpo Santo, the clash of waves on the jetties and cliffs produced exuberant explosions of sea that alienated us from the other scenarios.

Santa Cruz da Graciosa, Azores

Vacancies crash with a crash against one of the piers on the Santa Cruz da Graciosa seafront.

Other waves, determined in their own way, climbed the dock ramps and almost took over the asphalt we were walking on.

Along the way, we are intrigued by the mega-installation of art that became the collection of buoys and other nautical paraphernalia on the prow of a corner house between the nearest boarding ramp and Rua do Corpo Santo.

Graciosa, Azores, Santa Cruz da Graciosa

Strong waves make the Atlantic almost reach Rua do Corpo Santo.

Graceful but also Dramatic End of the Day at Ponta da Barca

Consistent with the marine theme, with the sun about to sink into the Atlantic, we head to Ponta da Barca and the homonymous lighthouse.

There, while a lighthouse resident fed his chickens, we looked for a summit with a simultaneous view of the lighthouse, the cove below and the Ilhéu da Baleia off the coast.

Graciosa, Azores, Ponta da Barca

A resplendent sunset west of Ponta da Barca

We found it already in run mode. And we ended the long day of discovering the island more than surrendered to Graciosa. You Azores are always the Azores.

We didn't expect anything else.

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São Miguel (Azores), Azores

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Santa Maria, Azores

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The Atlantic ends of the Azores and Portugal

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Capelinhos Volcano, Faial, Azores

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Terra Chã and Pico Branco footpaths, Porto Santo

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Porto Santo, Portugal

Praised Be the Island of Porto Santo

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The Improbable Atlantic Shelter of Corvo Island

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From Fajã to Fajã

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Vale das Furnas, São Miguel (Azores)

The Azorean Heat of Vale das Furnas

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Praslin, Seychelles


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Six days after leaving Besisahar we finally arrived in Manang (3519m). Located at the foot of the Annapurna III and Gangapurna Mountains, Manang is the civilization that pampers and prepares hikers for the ever-dreaded crossing of Thorong La Gorge (5416 m).
St. Trinity Church, Kazbegi, Georgia, Caucasus
UNESCO World Heritage
Kazbegi, Georgia

God in the Caucasus Heights

In the 4000th century, Orthodox religious took their inspiration from a hermitage that a monk had erected at an altitude of 5047 m and perched a church between the summit of Mount Kazbek (XNUMXm) and the village at the foot. More and more visitors flock to these mystical stops on the edge of Russia. Like them, to get there, we submit to the whims of the reckless Georgia Military Road.
Era Susi towed by dog, Oulanka, Finland
PN Oulanka, Finland

A Slightly Lonesome Wolf

Jukka “Era-Susi” Nordman has created one of the largest packs of sled dogs in the world. He became one of Finland's most iconic characters but remains faithful to his nickname: Wilderness Wolf.
Santa Marta, Tayrona, Simón Bolivar, Ecohabs of Tayrona National Park
Santa Marta and PN Tayrona, Colombia

The Paradise from which Simon Bolivar departed

At the gates of PN Tayrona, Santa Marta is the oldest continuously inhabited Hispanic city in Colombia. In it, Simón Bolívar began to become the only figure on the continent almost as revered as Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary.
Cape Espichel, Sanctuary of Senhora do Cabo, Sesimbra,
Albufeira Lagoon ao Cape Espichel, Sesimbra, Portugal

Pilgrimage to a Cape of Worship

From the top of its 134 meters high, Cabo Espichel reveals an Atlantic coast as dramatic as it is stunning. Departing from Lagoa de Albufeira to the north, golden coast below, we venture through more than 600 years of mystery, mysticism and veneration of its aparecida Nossa Senhora do Cabo.
End of the World Train, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
On Rails
Ushuaia, Argentina

Last Station: End of the World

Until 1947, the Tren del Fin del Mundo made countless trips for the inmates of the Ushuaia prison to cut firewood. Today, passengers are different, but no other train goes further south.
Magome to Tsumago, Nakasendo, Path medieval Japan
Magome-Tsumago, Japan

Magome to Tsumago: The Overcrowded Path to the Medieval Japan

In 1603, the Tokugawa shogun dictated the renovation of an ancient road system. Today, the most famous stretch of the road that linked Edo to Kyoto is covered by a mob eager to escape.
Ditching, Alaska Fashion Life, Talkeetna
Daily life
Talkeetna, Alaska

Talkeetna's Alaska-Style Life

Once a mere mining outpost, Talkeetna rejuvenated in 1950 to serve Mt. McKinley climbers. The town is by far the most alternative and most captivating town between Anchorage and Fairbanks.
Cape cross seal colony, cape cross seals, Namibia
Cape Cross, Namíbia

The Most Turbulent of the African Colonies

Diogo Cão landed in this cape of Africa in 1486, installed a pattern and turned around. The immediate coastline to the north and south was German, South African, and finally Namibian. Indifferent to successive transfers of nationality, one of the largest seal colonies in the world has maintained its hold there and animates it with deafening marine barks and endless tantrums.
The Sounds, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Scenic Flights
Fiordland, New Zealand

The Fjords of the Antipodes

A geological quirk made the Fiordland region the rawest and most imposing in New Zealand. Year after year, many thousands of visitors worship the sub-domain slashed between Te Anau and Milford Sound.