Fajã do Valado

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Fajã do Valado
Debris field (Fajã)
Country Portugal
Autonomous region Azores
Group Central
Island São Jorge
Municipality Velas
Civil parish Rosais
Biomes Temperate, Mediterranean
Geology Alkali basalt, Tephra, Trachyte, Trachybasalt
Orogeny Volcanism
Period Holocene
Management Secretário Regional do Ambiente e do Mar
 - location Rua Cônsul Dabney - Colónia Alemã, 140, Horta, Faial
 - elevation 28 m (92 ft)
 - coordinates 38°32′2″N 28°37′45″W / 38.53389°N 28.62917°W / 38.53389; -28.62917
Owner Regional Government of the Azores
For public Public
Visitation Accessible by foot, yet restricted during periods of inclement weather
Easiest access By dirt trail between Fajã do Centeio and Fajã de Entre Poios
Geographic detail from CAOP (2010)[1] produced by Instituto Geográfico Português (IGP)

The Fajã do Valado is a permanent debris field, built from the collapsing cliffs on the northern coast of the civil parish of Rosais, in the municipality of Velas, island of São Jorge, in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores.

There are less than a dozen homes on the fajãs, supported by a series of cisterns providing potable water.

Around 1949, a couple began to live in the fajã, and constructed a mill to mill corn. They continued to live there for the next twenty years.

The area, much like other fajãs along the northern coast, is used for the cultivation of vegetables or the grazing of cattle. The growing period predominates between March and April, owing to stationary micro-climate, with harvests occurring between August and September.


  1. ^ IGP, ed. (2010), Carta Administrativa Oficial de Portugal (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal: Instituto Geográfico Português, retrieved 1 July 2011 

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