Hi I really want to take my family - 3 kids and 82 year old father - on this hike. I've found a taxi firm that will provide transport to start and pick us up. But my question is whether there's a good mid-way waiting place for anyone who doesn't want to do the whole walk? How many km would the walk be without the final 300 steps? I think I read there was a seat in the shade where my father could wait for us. Are there any cafes or restaurants along the way, or back near where the car would be, if he doesn't fancy much more?
Which bus did you take to Ponta de Sao Lourenco and where was the bus stop in Funchal roughly?
Is the beginning of the trail easy to fins and is there signage off the main road? Also is there a visitor center?