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  • 1 Cape Girao Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    From the clifftop viewpoint there is a fine panorama over the coastal strip to the bay of Funchal. 580m below, the frothing ocean creates regular curving patterns. The route passes through terraces and banana plantations then drops down to Ribeira Br..

  • 2 Risco waterfall Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    This cool path which follows the levada de Risco, leads to a magnificent 100m high waterfall which runs into a basin at the bottom of the Ribeira da Januela valley. Another path, which links with the Risco path, leads to a site of 25 springs followin..

  • 3 Rabaçal Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    A twisting road, 4km long, nestles beneath the foliage and leads to the Rabaçal refuge. Isolated and wild, this is one of the favourite Sunday picnic spots in the whole of Madeira.

  • 4 Boca d'Encumeada Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    This pass, situated 1007m above sea-level, in a mountain trough, is a belvedere which dominates the island's two slopes. It also offers a general view of Madeira's two central valleys.

  • The 204 road links the west of the island near Santa to the Encumeada pass. Very pleasant and a lot quicker than the coastal road, this road takes you through the high plateau, the only place on the island where you will see cows... In winter, when t..

  • 6 Paul da Serra

    Nature and gardens

    Flat and dry, this vast expanse which becomes marshland in the winter (the word paul means marshland) is sheep country. This is also the start point for many trips in and around the centre of the island, where trails, roads and paths meet.

  • 7 Calheta

    Towns and villages


    This church, probably built in 1639, stands to the right of a bend. It has a beautiful Moorish ceiling.

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