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“Beautiful hike along Madeira's east coast”

Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Machico
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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

While Madeira is better known for its mountain-side levada hikes, you should not miss out on Ponta dSL. Set on the island's east coast, the hike takes you into an unreal savannah-cum-cliffs landscape. Depending on your condition you may expect to hike 3-4hrs. Good shoes are highly advisable. The cottage at the trail end seems to be closed on most days and does not sell any food anyway so bring your own supplies. If you are lucky there might be an ice cream truck at the trail head parking by the time you return.

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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

very crowded. better do one of the harder hikes because there will be less people. some parts are like ant-streets, people anywhere.
No shade. It takes you about 2 hours maximum in both directions, the view point in the end is worth one or two pictures.
to crowded for us.

Thank Tobias K
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

One of the must-do-walks of Madeira. It's a bout 8 km with 450 m ascent. Since it’s a very nice trail and quite easy, it’s very popular and therefore recommended to start as early as possible if you want to avoid the crowds. I would suggest before 08.00 in the morning. There’s a big parking at the start that quickly fills up during the day.

Great views of the rocky coasts of the eastern-most peninsula on Madeira. There are some small rocky beaches that we did not visit, but take swimming clothes if you want to make this an all-day event.

Alternatively, the sandy beach of Machico is around the corner as well, and you easily combine this walk with an afternoon on the beach.

You can see the GPS version of this hike on Wikiloc if you search for user Pijlmans.

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Reviewed 28 July 2017

There is adequate parking at the trail head but be aware this is a popular destination so could be busy. The walk is easy to follow but with some strenuous bits, especially the final section after the small visitor centre where there are supposed to be toilets but they were locked on our visit. Also be aware of the weather, both the sun and the wind can be strong here.

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Reviewed 21 July 2017

Just 30 kms north-east of Funchal, experience fabulous sea- and landscapes and dramatic cliff sceneries. I'd advise not to get too close to the edge of the cliffs as it can get quite windy and slippery at times. The full loop, including the climb to the tip (Morro do Furado) is about 8,5 kms. So you should bring enough water, especially on hot days as there isn't any shade to be found on the way apart from the seating area at the Casa do Sardinha. Don't expect extra water supply though when you reach that point or even the use of toilets. The path uphill towards the tip runs from here and is certainly very steep. Tread on bare rocks whenever possible.
That being said, fantastic trail with 360° breath-taking scenery. Best in the morning or at sunset to avoid the crowd.

Thank Arnaud L
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