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Guidebook for my guests

Rui

Guidebook for my guests

Parks & Nature
Santana is a "Concelho", a municipality of Madeira composed by the city of Santana and several parishes. It's located on the north side of the island and as such it has lots of mountains and forests. There are several footpaths "veredas" within the municipality has you can check on the Santana Biosfere webpage, http://santanamadeirabiosfera.com/en/municipality-of-santana/hiking You can also find all sort of useful information there.
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Santana
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Santana is a "Concelho", a municipality of Madeira composed by the city of Santana and several parishes. It's located on the north side of the island and as such it has lots of mountains and forests. There are several footpaths "veredas" within the municipality has you can check on the Santana Biosfere webpage, http://santanamadeirabiosfera.com/en/municipality-of-santana/hiking You can also find all sort of useful information there.
The Natural Park of Ribeiro Frio is one of the most visited parks of Madeira Island for it's beauty and important biodiversity. Many visitors enjoy the beautiful evergreen mountains, the hikes and the breathtaking atmosphere that make this place so unique.
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Ribeiro Frio
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The Natural Park of Ribeiro Frio is one of the most visited parks of Madeira Island for it's beauty and important biodiversity. Many visitors enjoy the beautiful evergreen mountains, the hikes and the breathtaking atmosphere that make this place so unique.
Above Funchal city and close to the cottages, you will find the Natural Park of Funchal, with its mountains, flora and fauna. After huge fires in the past this park is now recovering thanks to several reforestation programs and regaining it's former beauty.
Parque Ecologico do Funchal
Above Funchal city and close to the cottages, you will find the Natural Park of Funchal, with its mountains, flora and fauna. After huge fires in the past this park is now recovering thanks to several reforestation programs and regaining it's former beauty.
One of the most beautiful trails of the Island, this 10 Km round-trip that starts at the water treatment station of Quebradas at São Jorge, will lead you through some agricultural landscapes of São Jorge and Santana, before entering in a indigenous forest area, where you can observe several species of trees, plants and trees of Madeira's Laurissilva forest.
PR18 Levada Do Rei
One of the most beautiful trails of the Island, this 10 Km round-trip that starts at the water treatment station of Quebradas at São Jorge, will lead you through some agricultural landscapes of São Jorge and Santana, before entering in a indigenous forest area, where you can observe several species of trees, plants and trees of Madeira's Laurissilva forest.
A 6Km round-up trail that starts at Achada do Teixeira and ends on the highest peak of Madeira Island, this easy terrain but phisically demanding path will make the day for many hikers. Filled with amazing landscapes of mountains and valleys, it is simply one that you can't miss while staying at the cottages!
PR1.2 Vereda do Pico Ruivo
A 6Km round-up trail that starts at Achada do Teixeira and ends on the highest peak of Madeira Island, this easy terrain but phisically demanding path will make the day for many hikers. Filled with amazing landscapes of mountains and valleys, it is simply one that you can't miss while staying at the cottages!
Not far from the Cottages, near the trout nursery of Ribeiro Frio, you will find the starting point of this beautiful 11Km point to point hike that ends at Portela. You will have to get a transport there or do another 11Km for a round-up hike, either way is worthy to do it for it's natural landscapes of great beauty. You should take a flash-light on this one since there are tunnels, and also a lunch due to it's lenght.
PR10 Levada do Furado - Ribeiro Frio - Portela
Not far from the Cottages, near the trout nursery of Ribeiro Frio, you will find the starting point of this beautiful 11Km point to point hike that ends at Portela. You will have to get a transport there or do another 11Km for a round-up hike, either way is worthy to do it for it's natural landscapes of great beauty. You should take a flash-light on this one since there are tunnels, and also a lunch due to it's lenght.
"um caminho para todos" translating it means A path for everyone, starting at Pico das Pedras with Queimadas as destination, this 4Km point to point hike is quite easy to do even with bad weather, it was modified to allow everyone to enjoy Madeira's beautiful nature, including small children and elderly citizens.
Um caminho para todos
"um caminho para todos" translating it means A path for everyone, starting at Pico das Pedras with Queimadas as destination, this 4Km point to point hike is quite easy to do even with bad weather, it was modified to allow everyone to enjoy Madeira's beautiful nature, including small children and elderly citizens.
For the hardened and veteran hikers or for those more entusiastic who want a challenge with fantastic landscapes of mountain and ocean, this is the hike to do. A point to point with 13Km or a 26 Km round-up of rough terrain with amazing views to both mountains and ocean, it will make your day if you are looking for excitment. Be aware that there are parts of slippery terrain so walking sticks are recommended. Bring a lunch if you plan to do this one :)
Vereda do Larano
For the hardened and veteran hikers or for those more entusiastic who want a challenge with fantastic landscapes of mountain and ocean, this is the hike to do. A point to point with 13Km or a 26 Km round-up of rough terrain with amazing views to both mountains and ocean, it will make your day if you are looking for excitment. Be aware that there are parts of slippery terrain so walking sticks are recommended. Bring a lunch if you plan to do this one :)
Walk among the "socalcos" of Machico and Caniçal, the transformed landscape filled with these small fields build upon handmade stonewalls, one of the most characteristic cultural constructions man made of Madeira Island.
Levada do Caniçal - Machico
Walk among the "socalcos" of Machico and Caniçal, the transformed landscape filled with these small fields build upon handmade stonewalls, one of the most characteristic cultural constructions man made of Madeira Island.
Close to the Levada do Caldeirão Verde, this hike is almost a secret! Few are the hikers who know about it and enjoy its views to both nature and agricultural landscapes, if you are looking for unique and rare hikes, this one is for you!
Levada da Silveira
Close to the Levada do Caldeirão Verde, this hike is almost a secret! Few are the hikers who know about it and enjoy its views to both nature and agricultural landscapes, if you are looking for unique and rare hikes, this one is for you!
Hiking 13Km from Santo António da Serra to Ribeiro Frio, this path takes you through several valleys and mountains of Madeira Island and plenty of sightseeing areas.
Santo da Serra - Ribeiro Frio
Hiking 13Km from Santo António da Serra to Ribeiro Frio, this path takes you through several valleys and mountains of Madeira Island and plenty of sightseeing areas.
This hike starts at Queimadas’ house, from there let the "Levada", a water channel, guide you through the mountains and forests until you reach a huge waterfall surrounded by a breathtaking view. With a round-trip of 12 Km long, this hike is easy and safe all year long and will show you the natural beauty of Madeira Island. Don't forget to pack a flash-light and snack for the road.
PR9 Levada of the Green Cauldron
This hike starts at Queimadas’ house, from there let the "Levada", a water channel, guide you through the mountains and forests until you reach a huge waterfall surrounded by a breathtaking view. With a round-trip of 12 Km long, this hike is easy and safe all year long and will show you the natural beauty of Madeira Island. Don't forget to pack a flash-light and snack for the road.
Walk through 7 Km in the point to point hike of "Levada dos Maroços" through the highlands of Machico and see the "Socalcos", small agricultural fields that are layed in stone walls that resemble giant stair steps. The visitors will imerse in one important cultural aspect of Madeira Island, while enjoying the transformed landscape and view over the city of Machico.
Levada dos Maroços
Walk through 7 Km in the point to point hike of "Levada dos Maroços" through the highlands of Machico and see the "Socalcos", small agricultural fields that are layed in stone walls that resemble giant stair steps. The visitors will imerse in one important cultural aspect of Madeira Island, while enjoying the transformed landscape and view over the city of Machico.
Food Scene
One of the best and most popular restaurants in the area, Abrigo do Pastor has a warm ambience and good food to go with it.
It's close by the cottages, and they serve all sort of dishes. Although they don't have any vegetarian dishes on the menu they adapt some of their dishes by request.
Restaurante Casa De Abrigo Do Poiso
It's close by the cottages, and they serve all sort of dishes. Although they don't have any vegetarian dishes on the menu they adapt some of their dishes by request.
Faisca snack bar is a small restaurant on the roadside close to the cottages, that serves good food and has a fantastic "poncha", a traditional madeiran drink made of rum, fruit juice and a sweetener like honey or sugar.
Faisca snack bar
Faisca snack bar is a small restaurant on the roadside close to the cottages, that serves good food and has a fantastic "poncha", a traditional madeiran drink made of rum, fruit juice and a sweetener like honey or sugar.
Very nice food and nice atmosphere!
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Restaurante "Abrigo do Pastor"
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Very nice food and nice atmosphere!
Essentials
Places to get groceries or services
It has everything you need and it is in the way to the cottages.
Modelo Continente Shopping Camacha
It has everything you need and it is in the way to the cottages.
The nearest healthcare service.
Centro de Saúde de São Roque do Faial
The nearest healthcare service.
Municipality of Santana
A guidebook of things to do and visit within the municipality of Santana and surroundings.
The second highest peak of Madeira Island and an amazing place to take sunset pictures. With it's high altitude and unique orography, Areeiro is famous for it's beautiful landscapes, sunsets and sunrises, a must for those looking for breathtaking experiences.
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Піку-ду-Аріейру
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The second highest peak of Madeira Island and an amazing place to take sunset pictures. With it's high altitude and unique orography, Areeiro is famous for it's beautiful landscapes, sunsets and sunrises, a must for those looking for breathtaking experiences.
A public plateau that is used for outdoors activities including remote control airplane flights.
Chão Das Feiteiras
A public plateau that is used for outdoors activities including remote control airplane flights.
The trout farm where schools of rainbow trouts are raised before being released into the water courses of the island.
Ribeiro Frio Trout Farm
The trout farm where schools of rainbow trouts are raised before being released into the water courses of the island.
A tall waterfall with amazing views in the path to reach it.
Agua D'Alto Waterfall
A tall waterfall with amazing views in the path to reach it.
With 10 british cannons that were used to defend the close villages, this viewpoint gives you a unique and beautiful view of this northern area.
Fortress of Faial
With 10 british cannons that were used to defend the close villages, this viewpoint gives you a unique and beautiful view of this northern area.
A distillery built in 1927 to produce rum from sugar cane. Currently it has a tour where visitors can see the process of manufacture of this drink and at the end of the tour you can taste several rum's.
Companhia dos engenhos do norte
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A distillery built in 1927 to produce rum from sugar cane. Currently it has a tour where visitors can see the process of manufacture of this drink and at the end of the tour you can taste several rum's.
The viewpoint of Portela, gives you a view from Portela to Porto da Cruz and Penha d'Águia a huge Rock that stands tall between the villages of Porto da Cruz and Faial.
Viewpoint Portela
The viewpoint of Portela, gives you a view from Portela to Porto da Cruz and Penha d'Águia a huge Rock that stands tall between the villages of Porto da Cruz and Faial.
One of many viewpoints that reveal the beauty of Madeira Island landscape.
Miradouro das Cruzinhas
One of many viewpoints that reveal the beauty of Madeira Island landscape.
The north coast of the island is much appreciated by visitors due to its tall cliffs close to the atlantic ocean, this viewpoint gives you one the most impressive views of these cliffs from Faial to Ponta de São Lourenço.
Crane Viewpoint
The north coast of the island is much appreciated by visitors due to its tall cliffs close to the atlantic ocean, this viewpoint gives you one the most impressive views of these cliffs from Faial to Ponta de São Lourenço.
Trails
Trails to do.
Vereda da Ilha - Pico Ruivo, for the more seasoned hikers, this hike is a 16km Round trip, that takes hikers from the small village known by Ilha to the highest peak of the Island, Pico Ruivo. Through the path incredible landscapes, valleys, mountains and water courses are disclosed to visitors.
Vereda da Ilha
Vereda da Ilha - Pico Ruivo, for the more seasoned hikers, this hike is a 16km Round trip, that takes hikers from the small village known by Ilha to the highest peak of the Island, Pico Ruivo. Through the path incredible landscapes, valleys, mountains and water courses are disclosed to visitors.
With 3 Km, this vereda is a hike with some of the most beautiful landscapes of the island, and is one of the to do hikes for newcomers.
PR11 Vereda dos Balcões
With 3 Km, this vereda is a hike with some of the most beautiful landscapes of the island, and is one of the to do hikes for newcomers.
Walk through the mountain core of the island on a 11 Km round-trip that offers some of the most spectacular views of Madeira island. With several ups and downs on a hard but worthy trail, you will visit the three highest peaks of the Island. Take your moment enjoying the amazing views of the rock formations of these mountains, the clouds and the views to the valleys and towns down bellow, this is truly a unique experience in this beautiful Island.
PR1 Vereda do Areeiro
Walk through the mountain core of the island on a 11 Km round-trip that offers some of the most spectacular views of Madeira island. With several ups and downs on a hard but worthy trail, you will visit the three highest peaks of the Island. Take your moment enjoying the amazing views of the rock formations of these mountains, the clouds and the views to the valleys and towns down bellow, this is truly a unique experience in this beautiful Island.