An out and back levada walk along a section of the Levada da Serra. There are no vertigo problems and plenty of shade along this generous track (used by families with infants’ push chairs!). Trees, shrubs and wild flowers in profusion.
Camacha is a substantial village sitting high above Funchal, long established as the centre of an important wicker-work industry, using local willow as the raw material.
By car/taxi: From HPB take Via Rapida to the ‘Camacha’ turn off. At first tunnel follow sign to Camacha continue through 3 tunnels, follow ‘Câmara’ & ‘Centro’ signs to Main Square (1 way system). Follow road round, turn right (after taxi bay), follow road take 1st left after the church, at the supermarket (Social Security on your right). If you miss the turn here, do not worry, retrace your route by making a U-turn at the next junction (100yards) turning right after brow of hill. Follow this road uphill for 1km, parking on the right, houses on the left, Levada da Serra do Faial sign.
Start. The parking area is just above the forestry office and start: Go uphill for a short distance from the parking area. Turn left between buildings, on the wall is an old sign ‘Levada da Serra do Faial. Join the levada in a few yards. Pass a flight of the traditional ‘ox foot’ steps, then pass between houses, before reaching the village of Achadinha. Proceed along a roadway with levada still on the right.
1. Pass the bar and cross a road, there is a ‘Levada da Serra, Choupana’ sign. Pass the village wash place (still used!) and walk along the side of a road, descending gently. In 150 yards, by a bus stop, turn right to ascend a short flight of steps and continue along the side of the levada, now with views of Camacha and the sea. The rich woodland includes oaks, willows, chestnuts and eucalyptus. Go straight across a road, then cross a house access roadway and continue past an area where huge rocks have been placed. There is a ruined house on the left, then a road with bus stops (ER203). Go straight across, pass behind a small cluster of houses, and reach the entrance to Quinto Vale Paraiso, with its long cobbled access drive.
2. Return by the same route.
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