Option B: Levada (½ day, lunch included)
The programme begins with the coach’s departure from VidaMar at 9.45. Our first stop will be Paúl da Serra, the widest and longest plateau on the island at 24km2. From here our walk along the wonderful Levada do Alecrim* (the Rosemary Levada) will take about 2¼ hours.
We will take lunch at São Vicente, on the island’s north coast, and on the way back to Funchal will stop at the famous poncho bar at Serra de Água, where you may taste this popular and typical madeiran drink.
Return to VidaMar at approximately 15.30.
Please bring good walking shoes or boots, a warm coat (in case of low temperatures in the mountains) and a bottle of water. Grade: easy; Distance: 7 km; Duration: approx. 2¼ hours.
*If the weather at Paúl da Serra is inclement, as it can be in November, we will head downhill and walk the Levada da Fajã da Ama (the Nursemaid’s Cliff Levada) at São Vicente, near the Estrada das Ginjas (Cherry Road); the degree of difficulty is the same, but this levada is at a lower altitude.