Fajã dos Cubres, Portugal
The Fajã dos Cubres constitutes a flat area that resulted from mass movements of slope, deposited in the base of abrupt cliffs. It is rural area with natural monuments, religious and gastronomic traditions. The "Cover" derives from the plant with the same name, in great abundance there. Once in the fajã there was a small village that was completely devastated by the earthquake of July 9, 1757, it was later rebuilt and populated, and there was even a primary school that closed due to the lack of students. From its patrimony stand out the traditional houses and villages and the Hermitage of Our Lady of Lourdes, dated 1908, whose waters of the well are considered miraculous and takes the pilgrims of the island to wash in them. It is one of the main attractions of the São Jorge Island because it has a unique lagoon system, with its landscape and fauna classified and protected, among others, as Wetlands of International Importance (by the Ramsar Convention). The sea is the great influence of the village and population, whose economy is based on fishing and sugar cane. The village has traditional celebrations such as the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Cult of Mother Teresa d'Anunciada, the Lenten Pilgrimage of Ribeira Seca, the Feast of St. Peter, patron of the parish, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Cavalhadas de São Pedro, the Lamp and the Marches of St. Peter. Its typical houses and cellars, some of them adapted to the local accommodation, which maintains the characteristics left by the ancestors (a place of tranquility, where you can wake up to the song of birds and the perfume of nature), against the backdrop of the Graciosa islands and Terceira.