Description

The route starts from the endpoint of the road ER109 (32.743108,-16.701116). Follow the signposts "Casa Sardinha" and walk along the trail that is clearly visible. When you almost reach Casa Sardinha (a building surrounded by palm trees), the trail splits into two different paths near a signpost “Casa Sardinha”: choose the left option because this path leads to a viewpoint that is quite nice. After that when the path returns to Casa Sardinha, the route proposed by Madeira tourist authorities terminates. Nevertheless you can continue following the path that goes up the cliff (Pico do Furado) and reaches a viewpoint on its top. On the way back after you descend from Pico do Furado, if you walk round Casa Sardinha from the left, you can stop for a swim at a small creek with a wild stony beach (Cais Sardinha).

IMPORTANT REMARKS AND SUGGESTIONS

PATH

If you continue beyond Casa Sardinha, you need to be very careful because the path there is partially destroyed.

SUN

There is no shade along the whole trail, so think about proper sun protection.

SWIMING

There are two points on the route where the trail comes closely to the sea. On the way back you may take a path going to the left in one of these points to have a swim. The first one is located near Casa Sardinha and the second one is not far from the starting point. In both cases it takes less than 5 minutes to reach the sea from the trail

CLOTHES AND SPECIAL EQUIPMENT

Wear comfortable shoes. Mountain boots are not necessary, but hiking sticks could be helpful for this route if you are accustomed to using them .

HOW TO REACH THE STARTING POINT

By Car
Take a taxi or go by car to reach Baia D'Abra, the starting point of the route. Free parking is available there.
By Bus

Take a bus 113 from Funchal, Canico, Santa Cruz or Machico which terminates at the starting point of the route (Baia D’Abra).

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