Walking in Madeira

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Landscapes of MADEIRA: walks and car tours

by John and Pat Underwood

A remarkable paperback which may have done more than any other to change the way its readers spend their holidays: this book single-handedly turned levada-walking into something approaching a craze. (Sunday Times)

We were greatly impressed with the detail, accuracy and comprehensiveness of the guide and with the research that obviously went into it. May I congratulate you on the best guidebook that I have come across. Despite having lived in, and visited, the Lake District over 60 years where there is a surfeit of guidebooks, I have not met your equal. (Comment from a user who told us that while working in Madeira in the 1950s he had explored the island relying on a pre-war map and his sense of direction; lately he had returned to the island for the first time in 46 years.)

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Description

MadeiraTHE guide to Madeira for more than 30 years and a winner of the Thomas Cook Best Travel Guide Award.
It really is indispensable for walking in Madeira or seeing Madeira by car. Not only has this 13th edition been updated to take into account the fires in August 2016 (with a couple of new replacement walks), but the maps have been annotated with waypoints — and there are free downloadable GPS for all the walks. While dedicated hikers will revel in the island’s mountainous terrain (Madeira is one of Europe’s top destinations for mountain walks), walking the ‘levada’ paths is one of the most popular activities with visitors. Levadas are watercourses that carry rainfall from the mountains to irrigate the cultivated terraces. Click to read about the history of the levada system in Madeira.

Area covered: The entire island is covered by over 100 long and short walking routes.

The best months for walking in Madeira are July till May (June can be overcast).

If you plan to use the local buses, stay in Funchal or Ribeira Brava for ease of access to the entire island. With a hire car you can stay almost anywhere since there are so many fast new roads.

 

 

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Where to stay

If you plan to use the local buses, stay in Funchal or Ribeira Brava for ease of access to the entire island. With a hire car you can stay almost anywhere since there are so many fast new roads.

For more information about Madeira and accommodation, see love-madeira.com, madeiratourism.org, visitingmadeira.com or madeira-island.com or madeira-web.com or madeira-digital.com.

Edition/contents etc

Guidebook contains 6 car tours, 100+ long and short walks, 27 picnic suggestions
144 pages + touring map; plan of Funchal; large-scale (1:40,000) topo maps
13th ed, 2017; ISBN 978-1-85691-498-7; UK retail price £12.99 / USA retail price $17.99

Table of contents:

Preface 5
The levadas 5
Acknowledgements; Recommended reading 7
A country code for walkers and motorists 8
Getting about 9
Plan of Funchal city centre 10-11
with city exits and bus departure points
Picnicking 12
Picnic suggestions 12

Touring 17
1 MADEIRA NORTH AND SOUTH 18
2 EASTERN MADEIRA’S GENTLE CHARMS 21
3 THE CORRAL AND THE CAPE 24
4 MOUNTAINS AND MORE MOUNTAINS! 26
5 PORTO MONIZ AND THE PAÚL DA SERRA 30
6 THE SUNNY SOUTHWEST COAST 33

Walking 35
Guides, waymarking, maps 35
Where to stay 36
Weather 37
What to take 38
Nuisances 38
Portuguese for walkers 39
Organisation of the walks 40
Appetizer: from Santa to Porto Moniz 41

FUNCHAL AND THE SOUTHEAST
1 The Socorridos Valley 42
2 From the Poço da Neve to Barreira 45
3 From the Eira do Serrado to Curral 47
4 Boca da Corrida · Pico Grande · Encumeada 49
5 Fontes · Achada da Pinta · Trompica · Fontes 51
6 Levada do Norte: from Estreito de Câmara de Lobos to Barreiras 54
7 Levada dos Tornos: from Romeiros to the Sítio das Quatro Estradas 59
8 Levada do Bom Sucesso 67
9 Santo da Serra · Levada Nova · Sítio das Quatro Estradas 68
10 Levada da Serra: from Choupana to Portela 70
11 Levada do Caniçal: from Maroços to the Caniçal tunnel 72
12 Pico do Facho – Caniçal circuit 74
13 Ponta de São Lourenço 76

THE NORTHEAST AND THE GREAT PEAKS
14 North coast path: Caniçal tunnel · Boca do Risco · Porto da Cruz 79
15 From Portela to Porto da Cruz 83
16 Cruz · Levada do Castelejo · Cruz 84
17 Penha de Águia 85
18 Santana · São Jorge · Vigia 87
19 Pico do Arieiro · Pico Ruivo · Achada do Teixeira 89
20 Achada do Teixeira · Pico Ruivo · Torrinhas · Encumeada 92
21 Pico das Pedras · Cova da Roda · Cruzinhas 95
22 Queimadas · Levada do Caldeirão Verde · Santana 97
23 Queimadas · Caldeirão do Inferno · Queimadas 100
24 Fajã da Nogueira 102
25 Levada do Furado: Ribeiro Frio · Lamaceiros · Portela 104
26 Circuit around Santana 107
27 Two walks from Boaventura 109
28 Queimadas · Vale da Lapa · Ilha de São Jorge 111

THE WEST AND NORTHWEST
29 Levada da Fajã do Rodrigues 112
30 Lombada da Ponta do Sol · Levada Nova · Tabua · Ribeira Brava 113
31 Encumeada · Levada do Lombo do Mouro · Ribeira Brava 115
32 Folhadal and the Norte and Rabaças levadas 117
33 Bica da Cana · Levada da Serra · Pináculo · Bica da Cana 119
34 Circuit around Ponta do Pargo 121
35 Levada do Paúl and Levada da Bica da Cana 122
36 Fanal circuit 127
37 Rabaçal’s levadas 128
38 Levada da Ribeira Grande 131
39 Pico Ruivo do Paúl 132
40 From Prazeres to Paúl do Mar 133
41 Levada Calheta­Ponta do Pargo 134
42 Levada da Central da Ribeira da Janela 136

Bus timetables 138

Index of geographical names 144

Touring map Inside back cover

Guidebook index

Abra Bay see Baía da Abra
Achada da Pinta 51, 53, TM
Achada do Teixeira 14, 26, 27, 89, 91, 92, 93, TM
Achadinha 60-1, 70, 138
Águas Mansas 22, 59, 62-3, 71, 138
Arco da Calheta 33, 124-5
Arco de São Jorge 15, 20, 26, 28, 109, 110, cover
Assomada 13, 16, 23, 62-3, 67, 138
Babosas 20, 59, 60-1, 65, 138, 142
Baía da Abra 14, 23, 76-7
Balcões 14, 20, 28, 104, 105
Barreira 43, 45, 46, 138, 142
Barreiras 54-5, 58, 114-5
Bica da Cana 15, 30, 32, 119, 120, 132, TM
Boa Morte 12, 33, 54-5, 56, 57, 58, 138
Boaventura 18, 20, 109, 110, 138, cover
Boca da Corrida 25, 49, 51, TM
Boca do Cerro 48, 49, 50, TM
Boca do Risco 72, 79, 80-1
Boqueirão 59, 62-3, 138
Cabo 15, 120, 121
Cabo Girão 24, 25, 33, 138
Caldeira 54-5, 56
Caldeirão do Inferno 98-9, 100, 101, TM
Caldeirão Verde 95, 98-9, TM
Calheta 33, 124-5, 135
Camacha 21, 22, 59, 60-1, 62-3, 64, 67, 71, 138
Câmara de Lobos 24
Campanário 18, 53, 54-5, 57, 138
Campo Grande 122, 124-5, TM
Canhas 33, 138
Caniçal 22, 72, 74, 76-7, 138
road tunnel 22, 72, 74, 75, 76-7, 79, 80-81, 138
Caniço 23, 62-3, 138
Capela dos Cardais 22, 62-3, 68
Casa do Sardinha 76-7, 78
Casas do Dr Alberto 51, TM
Cascalho 117, 126, 127, TM
Cedro Gordo 28
Chão das Feiteiras 104, 105
Chão dos Louros 18, 30, TM
Choupana 60-1, 70, 71
Cortado 15, 98-99, 107, 108
Corticeiras 49, 51, 52, 54-5, 138
Corujeira 114-5
Cova da Roda 95, 96, 98-9
Cruz 14, 27, 80-1, 84, 85, 86, 138
Cruz da Caldeira 54-5, 56
Cruz da Guarda 80-1, 83, 105
Cruzinhas 28, 95, 96, 98-9, 138
Cumial 92, TM
Curral das Freiras 24, 46-47, 48, 50, 89, 92, 138, TM
Eira de Fora 22
Eira do Mourão 54-5, 58
Eira do Serrado 12, 24, 47, 138, TM
Encumeada 15, 18, 30, 32, 49, 50, 92, 94, 115, 117, 118, 138, TM
Espigão Amarelo 79, 80-1, 82
Estreito de Câmara de Lobos 25, 33, 49, 54-5, 138
Faial 18, 20, 26, 27, 28, 92, 95, 138
Fajã (below Curral) 43, 44
Fajã (above Ribeira Brava) 54-5, 114-5
Fajã da Murta 96, 98-9
Fajã da Nogueira 28, 100, 101, 102-3, TM
Fajã da Ovelha 34, 134-5
Fajã da Rocha do Navio 98-99, 108
Fajã dos Cardos 92, TM
Fanal 8, 30
Feiteiras 19
Florenças 124-5
Folhadal 117, 118, TM
Fonte do Bispo 30, 31, 137
Fontes 33, 51, 52, 53, 138, TM
Formiga 113, 114-5, 138
Fortim do Faial 28
Funchal 10-11, 13, 18, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 33, 43, 138
Garachico 25, 33, 54-5, 56, 57
Gaula 62-3, 64
Homem em Pé 14, 28, 89, 93, TM
Ilha de São Jorge 98-9, 111, 138
Jardim da Serra 25, 49, 51
Jardim do Mar 134-5
João Frino 62-3, 65
Lamaceiros (above Portela) 70, 71, 80-1, 104, 105, 106
Lamaceiros (above Porto Moniz) 31, 136, 137
Larano 79, 80-1, 82, 83
Levada 5-7
Calheta­Ponta do Pargo 124-5, 134-5, 135
da Bica da Cana 16, 124-5, 126-7, TM
da Central da Ribeira da Janela 16, 136, 137
da Fajã do Rodrigues 19, 112
da Negra 6, 39, 43, 46, TM
da Portela 80-1, 105, 106
da Ribeira Grande 16, 123, 124-5, 131
da Rocha Vermelha 124-5, 128, 130
da Serra (below Bica da Cana) 119, 120, TM
da Serra (above Santo da Serra) 13, 21, 22, 26, 27, 29, 60-1, 62-3, 70-1, 104, 105, TM
das Rabaças 117, 118, TM
das Vinte e Cinco Fontes 16, 123, 124-5, 129, 130
de Cima 109, 110 , cover
do Bom Sucesso 39, 62-63, 67
do Caldeirão Verde 14, 27, 95, 97, 98-9, 100-1, 111
do Caniçal 13, 72, 73, 75, 76-7, 80-1
do Cantinho 98-99, 107, 108
do Castelejo 14, 80-1, 84-5, 105
do Curral (e Castelejo) 42, 43, 44, 47, TM
do Furado 2, 104, 105, 106
do Lombo do Mouro 114-5, 116, 119, TM
do Moinho 113, 114-5
do Norte 12, 15, 18, 33, 54-5, 56, 57-8, 94, 117, 118, TM
do Paúl 16, 122, 124-5, TM
do Pico 60-1, 62-3, 71
do Pico Ruivo 98-9, 101, 102, 103, TM
do Risco 16, 123, 124-5, 128, 129
dos Piornais 7, 42, 43
dos Tornos 13, 22, 26, 59, 60-1, 62-3, 64, 65, 66, 67, 69, 71, TM
Nova (Porto da Cruz) 80-1, 84
Nova (Raposeira) see Levada Calheta­Ponta do Pargo
Nova (Santo da Serra) 62-3, 68, 69
Nova (Tabua) 113, 114-5
Lombada 43, 138, 142
Lombada da Ponta do Sol 33, 34, 113, 114-5
Lombada dos Marinheiros 121, 135
Lombada Velha 120, 121
Lombo do Galego 96, 98-9
Lombo do Mouro 15, 32, 115, 116, TM
Lombo dos Moinhos 134-5
Lombo Grande 59, 62-3, 65, 138
Loreto 33, 122, 124-5, 128, 135, 138
Lugar da Serra 53, 54-5
Machico 21, 22, 62-3, 138
Madalena do Mar 34, 138
Maiata 80-1, 105
Maroços 22, 72, 80-1, 138
Miradouro 19, 112
Miradouro do Juncal 27, TM
Montado do Barreiro 26, TM
Montado do Pereiro 26
Montado do Sabugal 103, TM
Monte 18, 20, 59, 60-1, 71, 138, 142
N S da Boa Morte 15, 120, 121
Nogueira (near Camacha) 59, 60-1, 62-3, 65, 138
Nogueira (near Cabo Girão) 54-5, 56
Palheiro Ferriero 21, 26, 59, 60-1, 138, 142
Paúl da Serra 30, 31, 116, 124-5, 126, 131
Paúl do Mar 33, 34, 133, 134-5, 138
Penha de Águia 27, 80-1, 83, 85-6
Penha de Águia de Baixo 80-1, 85-6
Pico
da Boneca 15, 98-99, 107
da Cruz 53, TM
da Nogueira 102, 103, TM
da Torre 25
da Urze 32, 124-5
das Pedras 26, 27, 95, 98-9, TM
das Torres 1, 84-5, 90-1, 119, TM
do Alto 110
do Arco 33
do Arieiro 1, 4, 12, 13, 14, 18, 20, 26, 45, 84-5, 90-1, 119, TM
do Cidrão 90-1, TM
do Facho 13, 21, 23, 73, 74, 76-7, 80, 138
do Ferreiro 94, TM
do Gato 84-5, 91, 119, TM
do Jorge 94, TM
do Suna 104, 105, 106
dos Barcelos 24, 43
Grande 1, 4, 48, 49, 50, 117, TM
Ruivo 1, 14, 26, 28, 89, 91, 92, 93, 100, 119, TM
Ruivo do Paúl 16, 124-5, 132, TM
Vermelho 15, 120, 121
Pináculo (Bica da Cana) 119, 120, TM
Pináculo (Funchal) 23
Pinheiro das Voltas 42, 43, 138, 142
Poço da Neve 12, 13, 27, 45, TM
Poiso 18, 20, 26, 27, 29, 45, 138
Ponta Delgada 18, 19, 110
Ponta de São Lourenço 14, 21, 23, 75, 76-7, 78
Ponta do Pargo 33, 120, 121, 135, 138
Ponta do Sol 34, 138
Portela 14, 26, 27, 70, 71, 80-1, 82-3, 104, 105, 106, 138
Porto da Cruz 26, 27, 79, 80-1, 82, 83, 85, 138
Porto Moniz 18, 19, 30, 32, 41, 136, 137, 138
Prainha 76-7
Prazeres 15, 16, 33, 133, 134-5, 138
Quebradas (Funchal) 42, 43, 142
Quebradas (above Porto Moniz) 31
Queimadas 14, 26, 28, 89, 95, 97, 98-9, 100, 101, 111
Quinta Grande 25, 33, 54-5, 57
Rabaçal 16, 30, 32, 122, 123, 124-5, 128, 129, 130, 131
Rancho Pico das Pedras 14, 27, 28, 95, 97, 98-9
Raposeira 33, 134-5, 138
Referta 27, 80-1, 84, 105
Ribeira (river, river valley)
Brava 54-5, 58, 114-5, 116
da Boaventura 13, 22, 62-3, 65, 66
da Caixa (near Estreito) 54-5, 56
da Caixa (near Lombada da Ponta do Sol) 114-5, TM
da Fajã da Nogueira 102, 103, TM
da Janela 16, 30, 31, 124-5, 132, 137
da Lapa 43, 44
da Maiata 80-1, 82, 83, 105
da Metade 28, 84-5, 98-9
da Noia 73, 80-1
da Ponta do Sol 113, 114-5, 117, 126-7, TM
da Tabua 114-5
de Machico 22, 80-1
de Santa Cruz 62-3, 65, 68, 69
de Santa Luzia 13, 45, TM
de São Jorge 29, 88, 98-9
do Alecrím 123, 124-5, 131
do Arvoredo 43, 44
do Campanário 51, 54-5, 57, TM
do Curral 43, 44, 92, TM
do Poço 50, TM
do Poço do Bezerro 104, 105
do Porto Novo 13, 16, 23, 62-3, 64, 66, 67
do Serrado (Caniçal) 75, 76-7
do Serrado (Ponta do Pargo) 120, 121
dos Moinhos (Boaventura) 109, 110
dos Moinhos (Ponta do Pargo) 120, 121
dos Socorridos 7, 42, 43, 44
Grande (Machico) 73, 80-1
Grande (Rabaçal) 124-5, 129, 130, 131
Seca (Faial) 28, 84-5, 96, 100, 102, 103, TM
Seca (Machico) 73, 80-1
Tem-te Não Caias 27, 80-1, 84, 105
Ribeira Brava 33, 34, 55, 92, 113, 114-5, 116, 138
Ribeira da Janela 30, 137
Ribeira da Vaca 120
Ribeira de Machico 80-1, 105
Ribeira Seca 72, 80-1, 138
Ribeirinha 60-1, 62-3, 64, 65, 67, 138
Ribeiro Frio 14, 18, 20, 26, 28, 104, 105, 107, 138
(river) 28, 84, 105
Risco 16, 124-5, 128, 129
Roçada 109, 110
Romeiros 59, 60-1, 65, 71, 138, 142
Rosário 1, 18, 19, 30, 112
Salgados 62-3, 67
Santa 31, 41, 138
Santa Cruz 21, 23
Santana 15, 18, 20, 26, 28, 29, 36, 87, 88, 89, 92, 95, 97, 98-9, 100, 108, 138
Santo António (Santana) 98-9, 107, 108
Santo da Serra 21, 22, 62-3, 66, 68, 69, 71, 80-1, 138
São João Latrão 60-1, 138, 142
São Jorge 20, 26, 28, 29, 87, 88, 138
São Lourenço, see Ponta de
São Martinho 23, 43
São Paulo 51, 52, 54-5
São Roque do Faial 84-5
São Vicente 18, 19, 30, 115, 138
Seixal 30
Serra de Água 18, TM
Serrado 120, 121
Sítio das Quatro Estradas 13, 27, 59, 62-3, 66, 68, 69, 71, 138
Tabua 113, 114-5, TM
Terreiro da Luta 26, 60-1
Torrinhas 89, 92, 94, TM
Trapiche 43, 45, 138, 142
Vale da Lapa 98-9, 110
Vale do Paraíso 29, 60-1, 71
Vinte e Cinco Fontes 16, 124-5, 128, 129

Current update

Madeira, 13th edition (2017), updated 20/02/2017

Updates for walks and car tours (drives) on Madeira given below supplement those provided in the guidebook. It is vital that this Update is read in conjunction with the text of the book, but note that the Update applies only to the edition stated and not to any earlier editions. (If you have an older edition of this book , you can “upgrade” to the latest edition at half price.)

Information has been forwarded to us by users of the book, and Sunflower Books offers the data in good faith but cannot be held responsible for any misleading or inaccurate content in the Update. Unless indicated otherwise, what appears here has not been verified by the author or publisher, so please allow due caution when new or amended routes are suggested. Each piece of information is dated; bear in mind that some of the older observations may have since been overtaken by events or further changes. If, during your holiday, you are using the current edition of the guide and are able to provide any additional updating to add to this page, we will be pleased to hear from you. Please send information, preferably by e-mail, to info@sunflowerbooks.co.uk.

Bus timetables: A British couple running a b&b on the island have closed the gap left by the tourist office no longer selling a booklet of bus timetables. At www.tjwalking-madeira.com you can download their “Unofficial Bus Guide”. Their guide also shows the liveries of the different bus companies. (Sunflower)

Walk 7: IMPORTANT: The alternative start to this walk, from Monte or Babosas, is currently closed. The path from Monte to Babosas was badly damaged in the fires of August 2016. The Jardim Botanico cable car is due to open later this month, but work on the path may take a year. (Sunflower, 2/17)

Walk 8: IMPORTANT: THIS WALK IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. Our old Walk 8 (Levada do Caniço) became so unstable that we removed it from the book and substituted one of our favourite walks: the Levada do Bom Sucesso above Funchal. This starts at Monte or Babosas, like the Alternative start for Walk 7 mentioned above. We’ve put it in because, although they are currently closed, the Babosas–Curral dos Romeiros path, and the adjacent path down to Bom Sucesso are top priorities for repair. More safety fences will be put in place as well — so that when it is eventually reopened, the walk to Bom Sucesso should have a red, rather than a black grading. However, although all the plans are ready, the government is hoping for EU emergency ‘catastrophe’ funding before starting work. (Sunflower, 2/17)

Walk 37: A user informed years ago that lack of repairs on the stone-laid path up to Rabaçal at the end of the walk was due to a dispute between the Water company and the Madeiran Government over who should pay for repairs. We have left the path on the map with a violet line and a large red ?. We hope that the path will be reinstated: not only does it vary the route, but it shortens the walk considerably and we would think the levadeiros would want as many short-cuts as possible. In the meantime, some experienced walkers wrote early in 2016 to say ‘We walked this in November.  The purple path marked with a ‘?’ seemed open (there were no barriers at either end) so we took it.  We had no problems, but less experienced walkers might find it alarming.  The path is narrow and zigzags repeatedly across the gully, picking its way through the debris of the landslip.  In several places, the path is unstable, as you negotiate moving stones or polished clay.  We were walking the path after several days of dry conditions, but I imagine that it could become quite treacherous in rain. There are several sections where you would not want to lose your footing. Perhaps your update should note that it is a low grade scramble and could be challenging, particularly in wet conditions.’

SUGGESTIONS AND COMMENTS: The following are NOT corrections to the text in the book.

Appetizer walk: Here is a pleasant extension to the walk, giving views of Porto Moniz from the other side. When you leave the levada near the end of the walk, turn right on the road to emerge just below the church in Porto Moniz. Turn right up the main road past the town hall. Take the first road on the left, Caminha da Ladeira, and climb steeply. Before the first sharp right hand bend, turn left onto a narrow concrete path sign-posted Vereda da Vigia. Follow this concrete path, with some steps and signs across the hillside, then a narrow grassy path to steps up to the Vigia – an old whale look-out point with a picnic table and views of the town and the sea. About 15 minutes from the town hall. Return to the main road and continue down into Porto Moniz. If you are staying in Porto Moniz, as we were, you can do the walk up to Santa and down again, taking in the Vigia on the way down. Going up to Santa, take main road up to the church, then the cobbled road to the right between the church and the town hall. Just above the church, at an old public tap and basin, turn left onto the cobbled Caminha da Pedra Mole and climb upwards to join the route well above the levada. (User, 2008)

Walk 22: After visiting Caldeirão Verde, we retraced our steps to the first tunnel and took PR1.1 towards Ruivo, as shown on the map. It is a lovely path, complete with hundreds of wooden log steps. If you like climbing steeply uphill for 2 hours it is great. If you don’t then don’t! At the junction with path on Walk 19/20/PR1.2 we turned left to Achada do Teixeira, got a car lift from a friendly walker to Pico das Pedras and then used the levada to get back to Queimadas. (User, 2/10)

Walk 25 and Alternative Walk 16 (Walked 16/3/15). A superb route incorporating two levadas and a delightful ridge. A perfect circular route requiring a reasonable degree of fitness. Park at Portela and follow Walk 25 in reverse (PR10, signposted to Ribeira Frio). At the Cabeço Furada, once you exit the last of the tunnels and the dramatic rock cutting, double back to the right on a rising path (ignore another path branching horizontally immediately off to the left) on the route described as Alternative Walk 3 to Pico do Suna. Two minutes up, meet a crossing path, where turning right takes you up to Suna. Instead, turn left and follow the black dashed path line shown on the map, past the 792m. peak of Piedreiro. This is a stunning route, on a good path, with wonderful views to the coast and the central peaks. It is used by mountain bikers for an exhilarating descent from Pico do Suna, so beware! Descend through laurisilva and eucalyptus forests to meet the Levada Nova/Levada do Castelejo junction where Walk 16 and Alternative Walk 16 join. Turn right and follow the Levada Nova back to Referta (Alternative Walk 16 in reverse).  From Referta, there are two options:  either (a) continue on the levada past Quinta dos Leais to Cruz da Garda, and ascend Walk 15 in reverse to Portella, or (b) hoof it up the main road for 3km to Portela. Allow 4hrs 15 mins, 475m total ascent, 600m descent, c. 12km length. (User, 2/14)

Walk 30: We found a lazy way to do this walk. Take bus 80 from Funchal; it stops for 20min in Ribeira Brava, then continues to Porto Moniz. Get off at Ponta do Sol and wait for the No 4 bus into the village, avoiding the stiff climb from the main road. (User, 3/08)

Walk 37: We followed Levada da Rocha Vermelha well past the 300 steps, eventually spotting a steep path that climbed up to the PR13 Walk NE of Pico Quemado (the last bit back along the road from Paul da Serra was a bit of a trudge!) (User, 5/15)

SOME USEFUL TAXI TELEPHONE NUMBERS

24-hour taxi 741 412
municipal taxi ranks
Arco 291 578 032
Boaventura see São Vicente and Arco
Camacha 922 185
Câmara de Lobos 942 407
Caniçal 961 989
Curral see Santo Antonio
Encumeada see Ribeira Brava
Estreito 945 229
Funchal, centre 222 500; 222 000
Funchal, market 226 400
Funchal, west 766 620
Machico 962 220; 962 480
Monte 782 158
Palheiro Ferreiro see Funchal
Ponta do Pargo see Porto Moniz
Portela see Porto da Cruz
Porto da Cruz 562 411
Porto Moniz 852 243
Ribeira Brava 952 349; 951 800
Ribeiro Frio see Monte
Santana 572 540
Santo Antonio (Funchal) 743 110
Santo da Serra 552 100
São Jorge see Santana
São Vicente 842 238
Vinháticos see Ribeira Brava

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