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Very nice and beautiful trek! There are lots of tunnels there, especially the longest one! Its more than one km long and “funny”. There was a refreshing mineral water falling inside, like a lot of showers!
Beware, there is not much ups and down raising meters, its an error because of the tunnels and GPS positioning. The way is all the time along a levada, so almost flat terrain.
The waterfall is really beautiful! It ´ s possible to get right bellow the waterfall but the way is only climb a short rock.
And more-we prolonged this trek- from the main road on Paul de Serra down into the valley,cca 5km more.

I hiked the Fishermen's Trail, which is part of the Rota Vicentina, over the course of four days. It's a pleasant long-distance hike hugging the Portuguese coast, with extensive ocean scenery and generally flat terrain. I think it would be a very approachable multi-day hike for beginners given the relatively undemanding terrain and very reasonable daily mileage. There are several small towns along the way, so you don't need to tent camp or worry about running out of provisions. I completed the trail in May and, in addition to very agreeable temperatures, this meant that there were abundant wildflowers along the trail and plenty of opportunities to view nesting sea birds and their young. The most challenging aspect of the trail was the fact that much of it is on a base of very soft sand, which requires significantly more effort from your legs than most other trail surfaces. Good sun protection is a must as the trail offers almost no shade at all. Most hikers travel north-to-south but there is nothing to prevent you from hiking in the opposite direction, which is what I did. The trail is exceptionally well-signed in either direction. It is not a heavily trafficked trail, but traveling south-to-north affords you even more solitude.

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3 months ago

This trail is always going up and down (can be hard on the knees, especially if you have backpacks) and can be dangerous when there is fog, rain and big winds. We had for two days, starting from Pico Areerio to Boca do Encumeada only fog and little rain... it was sad. But if you can have a good clear sky this, is an epic hike to do and you can camp along the way! We were the only one hiking this trail in early May, because it can be temporarily closed, so beware!

Absolutely gorgeous hike. The trail head is at the first peak (there is a tourist center with a huge white dome at the top, you can't miss it. Get there early for parking) and then you hike to the second peak (Pico Ruivo), so it's down and then up. It's an out and back so you do that twice. As we were driving up we passed through the clouds and then the hike remained above the clouds the entire time, so it was sunny and beautiful. The hike is mostly built, so there are defined paths and lots of stairs and most parts of it have a cable running along it, although in some places it is broken. Very steep drop offs on either side of the trail at many points, but the views are worth the heights. Wildflowers in May were incredible. There are some tunnels, the flashlights on our phones were enough to get through them though. It was about 7 miles in total with tons of stairs. Bring snacks and water (there is a place to refill your water bottle right before you get to the top of Pico Ruivo). Enjoy!

Incredible hike in the heart of Madeira island, with majestic views of its center valleys. Quite strenuous with very steep elevation gains and loses - burnt around 3000 cals total with return trip but very high reward.

Beginning has dizzying cliffs. sometimes surrounding both sides of the trail (absolutely do not do this trail if you are afraid of heights), then towards the middle (after Pico do Gato) it flattens out a bit (and the vegetation changes slightly), and finally there's a grueling ascent through occasional stairs and ladders towards the end. But it is well worth it!

Can be made in 3 hours although I would recommend something like 4 or 5 hours at least for breaks and pictures.

11 months ago

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