P1 – Nova Sintra/Stª Barbara/Vinagre

  • Start of the route: Nova Sintra

    End of the route: Vinagre

  • Path Conservation Status: Fair

  • Length: 1 km

    Duration: 50 minutes

    Difficulty level: I

    Mobile network coverage: Poor

  • Mode: Hike

The route starts in Nova Sintra and continues through the town of Santa Barbara on a paved road, then turn right towards Vinagre on a path with some cobblestones. On this route, the paths have good visibility, sometimes with a narrow and deep passage between mountains. When descending from Nova Sintra towards Stª Barbara, the path has a sharp slope. Arriving in Stª Barbara, a town with a great weight in the history of the settlement of the island Brava, one finds the scene of some rehabilitated houses and two-story houses in a state of degradation, this is largely due to the longevity of their constructions. Currently, there is a small resident population that lives mainly from livestock.

Crossing towards Vinagre, the scenery becomes a calm song of birds and a dense vegetation composed of bushes with robust aspects until you enter. There in Vinagre, in the center of some degraded and uninhabited houses, once with a lot of water, there is a fountain, tanks, a water fort and an underground tunnel.

Reference point:

  • On Stª Barbara:
  • streets and townhouses with colonial-style architectural features;
  • colonial style church.
  • On Vinagre:
  • Drinking water source with medicinal mineral characteristics;
  • Underground Tunnel.

Points of interest

natural value

In Santa Barbara, the particular panorama of natural vegetation divided with an infinite view of the blue sea in front of you is in itself one of the symbolic places of Brava Island, being able to appreciate from its tip, if the day is good visibility, much of the northeast. of the island, where Porto and the Bay of Furna, the Bay of Pesqueiro, Ribeira de Vinagre and the Rombo or Seco islets stand out. From Vinagre you can appreciate its natural water that springs from the source and its rustic landscape.

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