Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Fanal - Madeira Island

Last month I treveled for the 4th time to the beautiful Madeira island. One of the places I most wanted to visit was Fanal, a true enchanted forest with centenary trees. This postcard does not do justice to the beauty and magic of the place. 
It is easy to get to Fanal by car, but if you like to hike, there's a few hiking trails which offer the opportunity to contemplate this vast and rich forest are, such as PR13 Vereda do Fanal and PR14 Levada dos Cedros. I hiked the Vereda do Fanal. This trail, of medium difficulty, starts on the plateau of Paúl da Serra (Assobiadores), on Regional Road n.º 209, and ends in Fanal. It extends over 10.8 km and has an estimated duration of 4 hours.
Fotografia: Paulo
Located between the Seixal and Ribeira da Janela mountains, Fanal is a vast forest area that invites you to quietly enjoy the best that Nature has to offer.
This idyllic place is one of the most emblematic places in the municipality of Porto Moniz, housing an extremely beautiful landscape heritage.
At Fanal, the main role is undoubtedly played by the centuries-old Til (Ocotea foetens) forest - with trees that date back to a time before the discovery of the archipelago. They are part of the indigenous Laurissilva forest, which expresses itself here in an impressive state of conservation given its vitality. - in:

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