This expedition takes us to one of the remotest fajãs of the island of São Jorge. It has been forgotten by the population since 1980 who abandoned it due to the earthquake of January 1st, 1980. Its inhabitants lived of what nature gave them, fishing, farming and grazing. It was a self subsisting fajã. This expedition takes us back in time where man and nature lived in perfect harmony.
In Fajã do Sanguinhal, in the past, there were quite a few inhabited houses, about 18 overall. Due to their abandon by their owners, the houses are almost all in ruins. The inhabitants of this fajã raised cattle in the high grasslands during the summer and were taken to fajã in winter, being fed with leaves and small branches of the incense tree harvested nearby. Besides the river that divides the boundaries with Fajã Redonda there is the Sanguinhal River in whose pools you can find many eels. Here the water of six water springs runs all the way until the last grasslands of Sanguinhal, soaking them and allowing fresh grass to grow all the time.