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Vereda do Fanal

This trail starts on the regional road – 209 at the Paúl da Serra plateau (Assobiadores) and ends near the Forestry Station in Fanal. It also connects to the parish of Ribeira da Janela through the trails PR 14 – Levada dos Cedros and PR 15 – Vereda da Ribeira da Janela. This trail is in a well-preserved area of Madeira’s original Laurissilva forest, classifed as World Natural Heritage by UNESCO and part of the Natura 2000 – European Network of Sites of Community Importance. Enjoy the magnifcent area of Fanal, a small volcanic crater classifed as a resting reserve by the Madeira Natural Park, for a moment of pure relaxation. The beauty of this area lies not only in the imposing old forests of Madeira laurels (Ocotea foetens), some of which were already growing when the island was discovered, but also in the spectacular landscapes that can be seen from viewpoints.

Diffculty: Moderate

Distance: 10,8 km

Duration: 4h

Highest point: 1420 m

Lowest point:1130 m

Start: E.R. 209 Assobiadores

Finish: E.R. 209 Fanal

Recommendations: This area is frequently foggy with danger of disorientation. Do not leave the trail. Take warm clothing.

Access: Only by car.