At the foot of a cliff, 250 meters high, resulting from coastal erosion, Fajã dos Padres is a small piece of land that was cherished by the Jesuits. Having lived on the island for almost 200 years, they brought tropical cultures from evangelized colonies and cultivated them on this little, hidden paradise.
The fertile farmland coupled with a fabulous micro-climate, allowed the development of all kinds of crops since the beginning of the settlement. Malmsey grapes, mango trees of 20 different varieties, banana plantations, avocado and pawpaw trees, Surinam cherries, figs, prickly pears, passion fruit, and various types of guava make up the landscape of this unique location.
The sea is no longer the only way of reaching this treasure. A modern cable car brings you down in the blink of an eye.
If “sensation seeker” is your nickname, a major challenge would be a slide through the waterfall of Quinta Grande, with two gaps of 100 and 120 meters (for experienced participants only).
And if you want to experience an explosion of flavours, enjoy a meal at the restaurant with locally grown produce.
Fajã dos Padres is the ideal place for those who want to escape from everyday stress, are life enthusiasts, who love nature and enjoy the mystic of a magical place.
Renke Olieslagers (Official Tourist Guide)
Photo Courtesy of Marla Castro