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walking
23 hours ago

The description notes this as good for all skill levels. Definitely not. It's a medium to hard walk, but it's great! As well as this walk being marked as "easy", the short distance is also deceiving as it's very steep both ways.

Great trail

-Well marked (stone path with stairs and guide rails the whole way)
-Moderate traffic
-lots of parking

Awesome hike.

Very easy to park right near the entrance for free. Great views along the path.
Well marked

We got lucky and it was sunny with some clouds, however the winds were around 30km. I was super intimated at the beginning of the trail(top of Areeiro) but soon realized the winds weren’t as bad throughout the trail so I would suggest being more cautious at the peaks throughout the route if you’re trekking on a windy day.. I had a headlamp and flashlight for the tunnels, definitely only need one(either would suffice..my headlamp is 160lumens and flashlight is 1500 lumens.. I personally love the flashlight because I have more control and can see anything and everything in my path but the headlamp is nice if you want to free up your hands. The headlamp was bright enough to see your path to get to the end safely but if you are wanting to see the the tunnels clearly and check them out, I definitely suggest something over 600 lumens.

This has to be my favorite hike of them all so far—I loved the trail, you get a mix of terrain but defined paths. Elevation is a nice steady flow of up hills and down hills. Definitely a great trail to run on if you go early in the day aka before 10. Go early for the sunrise. Even if you go around 8 you’ll still be fine. It doesn’t start getting crowded until 10-12. There are a couple of beaches you can trek down to(there are stairs/defined paths, we didn’t see the first path for the first beach until our way back). There is also a little snack shack before heading up to the summit but please be aware there will not be a bathroom for you to use and they do not accept credit cards so take euros!!! They have water/drinks/pastries/sandwiches..and shaded seating.

Beautifull views !

Very nice walk and incredible views! Be careful to walk during low tide from Paul do Mar to Jardim do Mar. At high tide it could be impossible to walk on some parts of the rocky beach! Climb at Jardim do Mar is a heavy one, but very beautiful next to banana/mango plants.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and easy walk. Before end and before the waterfall head up to steep stairs on the righthand side to make your turn for the way back.

Pretty amazing view and a unique scenery and landscape compared to the rest of the island. Five stars

hiking
5 months ago

When we tried to find the trail Levada da Norte, that passes under the ER105 near Boca da Encumeada (we didn't realised that until some french people told us with better informations then our map), we decided to go to Levada da Serra and it was super beautiful! There were a lot of rocks that fell down and waterfalls that end up on the actual trail (so prepare to get wet), but it is a really nice little climb to get to the the plateau: at the end to the levada da Serra you will switch on Bica da Cana trail to get to the Plateau where you'll see the "Parques Eolicos do Paul da Serra", which is really nice and flat ^^... for once!

hiking
5 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!

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty hike, fairly easy. It's about 4 miles out and back to a lookout on the peninsula. Just navigate out to the very end of ER 109 to find the trail head. Start looking for parking on the side of the road just before you get there. It's a bit touristy but the views of the water and lava rock were lovely, as were the wildflowers in May. We finished this one in 2-2.5 hours.

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!

a beautiful hike. the waterfall was beautiful

Sfortunatamente ho solo camminato un paio di miglia prima di arrendermi . La quantità di acqua lungo i piccoli tunnel era impossibile da guadare con normali scarpe da trekking.
Peccato perché questo Trail è stupendo e vorrei riprovare ancora appena possibile .

Interesting levada which changes scenery a couple of times. Starts with an open farmland valley and eventually goes into more dense and lust vegetation. Has a nice little picnic zone next to a tiny lake and waterfall and later on the bigger waterfall is very pretty. Some parts of the last section through Levada Nova are not protected so beware.

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.

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