A relaxing walk from Santo da Serra through the laurel forest of Ribeiro Frio and onto 'Balcoes', a stunning panoramic viewpoint.
Today's walk is a popular and very classic walk in Madeira; Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio ('Cold River'). The route is largely flat and winds through the subtropical laurel forest ('Laurissilva'). This walk combines tunnels and waterfalls with views of the surrounding cliffs like the beautiful Eagle's Rock. Enjoy the silence and breathe in the fresh air as you reach Balcoes. This unique panoramic viewpoint is the absolute highlight of today's walk. Also make sure to walk around the local trout farm which you can visit free of charge.
Make sure to visit the viewpoint Balcoes, a highlight of this trip! Once you have reached Victor's Bar in Ribeiro Frio it's only a short 30 minutes away and the route is flat and easy (Note: Also 30 minutes to get back to Ribeiro Frio, so it'll take about an hour in total).
In winter the path can be wet and slippery, take extra care. You will cross a few roads during your walk and even though most of them are quiet, please take care when crossing. It is required to take your headtorch with you today as you’ll pass through numerous tunnels. Please take extra care while walking through tunnels, they can be narrow, slippy and it's easy to bump your head.
Packed lunch is recommended on today’s walk as you won’t pass any restaurants or cafes along the way until you have reached the endpoint in Ribeiro Frio. Packed lunch is available at your accommodation in Santo da Serra (at a small additional cost). Make sure to order the packed lunch upon your arrival or at least the night before.
It is also possible to have (a late) lunch at Ribeiro Frio, there's a lovely restaurant that serves typical Portugese food. Always make sure to carry plenty of water and to keep hydrated during your walk.
All normal walking equipment are required: walking shoes/boots, water and windproof jacket, plenty of water and snacks for during the day. Walking poles can be useful during this walk, the paths aren't as narrow as previous days. It is required to take your headtorch with you today as you’ll pass through numerous tunnels.