Got off the bus here at 0915
and walked northwards down the road to join the hiking trial
The trail followed the access road steeply down the hillside to the Ponta da Lomba da Cruz swiming pool at the mouth of the river.
then climbed the opposite side in steep zigzags
eventually opening out into fields
with views of the hills to the south west
This cow caught our eye as it knelt on its forelegs to reach the rich grass under the electric wire
The path came close to the coast
where J had a rest on the wall of a lookout on the cliff top
This was the start of a park of indigenous flora. Behind the tiled plaque is some tree heather (Erica Azorica)
and a grass called Festuca Jubata
On the way we saw a few (non-indigenous) Agapanthus flowers
and Amaryllis Belladonna (non-indigenous)
We then walked to the old town of Nordeste where we crossed the old seven arched bridge.
The town centre is dominated by the typical black and white church
After lunch at a restuarant, we walked further south along the clifftop coast road to Ponta do Arnel
where the first lighthouse to be built in the Azores (1876) is to be found perched low down on a rocky spur
The road to the lighthouse and tiny fishing port is signposted somewhat misleadingly - the 50 meters refers to its height above sea level - the road down to it drops about 250 meters at a slope of 25%
Below the lighthouse is the fishing port
these fishing boats seem to be propelled by only a single pair of crude oars
A Canary like bird honoured us by its presence
On the walk back to catch the 1615 bus back to Ponta Delagada we got caught in the heavy rain squall
Arrived back in Ponta Delgada at 1900hrs after having had a very pleasant day.