Quinhentista

 
Note: The trail is in process of signaling. Consult previously the Tourist Office through
posto.turismo@cmnordeste.pt or 296 488 320.Type: Circular / Mountain and Littoral;
Homologation: No;
Beginning: Santo António Church (Santo António de Nordestinho);
End: Santo António Church (Santo António de Nordestinho);
Pavement: Asphalt and cement;
Difficulty: Hard;
Altitude: 20 meters and 600 meters;
Distance (Km): 13,5 Km;
Approximate duration: 6 Hours;
Prior authorization:As it is inserted in the Forest Perimeter, this walking trail requires a prior authorization by Regional Secretary of Forest Resources. Perform the authorization formulary on here.

 
Circuit Summary:
Santo António Church » Regional Road» Rua da Boavista » Rua de São João » Forest Road » old house of Guarda Florestal » Ribeira do Espigão » Rua do Burguete » Rua das Escolas » São Pedro Church » Rua de São Pedro » Rua do Cemitério » Caminho do Baião » Baião Picnic Park » Foz da Ribeira do Espigão » Regional Road » Santo António Church.Note: If you want make a short circuit you have this option: down the São Pedro de Nordestinho village: Rua do Burguete » Rua do Canto da Cruz » Regional Road » Rua do Espigão » Rua Nova » Santo António Church.
Detailed circuit: A walking trail that recreate a historic crossing of Nordestinho Parish which include two of the oldest villages of Nordeste: Santo António Nordestinho and São Pedro Nordestinho.

 
The trail begins at Santo António Churchyard (some say that it is the biggest of the county and the second biggest of the Island). Do not miss an opportunity to enter inside of the Church.

Follow the Regional Road, passes for the old primary school (named Plano dos Centenários) and then follow by the Boavista Street, which you have to up and see the Holy Spirit’s House and for the building which used to be a tea factory near Borda Ladeira viewpoint, where you can watch and enjoy the most beautiful sunset of Nordeste.

Then you up São João Street and follow the Forest Road until find the old house of Forest Guard (from Santo António Nordestinho) and continue for the Forest Road. Here you can visit a little garden with a several endemic species.

A long the forest road enter in the mountain massif and pass through a cattle drinker, which is considered one of the most largest of the county. Follow the entire road about 2700 meters.

When you arrived to the pastures turn your left and, 300 meters ahead turn your right. In this road you will see a little water line.
This trail takes you to the interior of the forest perimeter of Nordeste and you will begin to down by a wood relic of cedars that will lead you to São Pedro Nordestinho parish.

Leaving from this dirt road you will see a cement road which passes under the SCUT. This road will lead you to a crossroad and you have turn in direction to the village.

Continue to Burguete Street, pass through Holy Spirit’s House, enter in Escolas Street, pass for the beautiful primary school and stop to see the São Pedro Church, the oldest temple of Nordeste (1764).

Down São Pedro Street in direction to the ocean and continue to the Cemitério Street and to the Caminho do Baião.

In the end of this road you will find Baião Picnic Park near Foz da Ribeira do Espigão. Then pass through the river for the west side and up the hillside until you see the cemetery of Santo António and then returns to the sumptuous Santo António Church.

 
Note: If you want to make a short circuit of this trail you have this option: down to the São Pedro Nordestinho parish you go through Burguete Street and turn to the Canto da Cruz Street. During in this street you will see na old fountain. The street ends in a very steep section that culminates in the Regional Road. Continue the Regional Road until find in your left side a steep staircase that leads you na old nucleus of Espigão where you will find some old buildings. They were rehabilitated for turist accomodation.

Crossing Espigão from east to west you will find again the Regional Road, walking until find a little trail to another street.

In top of this street you will find a garden with bandstand followed by the sumptuous Santo António Church.

 

Map: quinhentista-map.pdf.