São Roque do Faial
This parish was created in 1848 during the reign of D. Maria II. It is extremely rural and is home to some fantastic viewpoints: the Areeiro viewpoint, Lombo dos Palheiros, and the Balcões viewpoint.
O Ribeiro Frio, in Floresta Laurissilva, is one of the most attractive locations of São Roque do Faial. Here you can visit the trout farm.
You can sample some of the local delicacies in the local restaurants, such as açorda, tomato soup, or prego no prato (nail on the plate).
From there you can go on two different walks: one towards a magnificent viewpoint of balcões and another which goes towards Santo da Serra.
The Fajã do Cedro Gordo de Baixo site, for example, is among the greenest there is. Be sure to stop by the local viewpoint, where you can relax with your eyes fixed on the green landscape. On this site, there is a water mill, a small testimony to the lives of the oldest inhabitants.
São Roque started his first church in Chão da Ribeira in 1551, but it was washed away during winter storms in 1883. Today, there is replica of that church in the same location. The new church was built higher up; away from the danger of the flowing waters.