PR11 - vereda dos Balcoes

« View of the balconies of the Faial valley »

More of a walk than a hike, but what a walk! Starting from the Ribeiro Frio Natural Forest Park, this short hike takes us to an exceptional viewpoint, one of the most beautiful spots in Madeira! In the background, the Faial valley and its balconies, the village of Faial and Penha de Águia, a huge volcanic hillock.

« vue panoramique depuis la balade balcões PR11 - Emmanuel PARENT© »

The route of the PR11 hike

From the car park, where you can see some trout aquaculture ponds, you head northwest along the end of the Levada do Furado. Very quickly, next to Rocha da Moitada, we reach the junction with the Levada do Juncal.

The short route takes us along this levada, through the laurissilva forest, until we reach the village of Ribeiro Frio again, including the Flor da Selva café. A little further on, the path splits in two. You have to turn left, go a little deeper into the forest to reach this magnificent balcões viewpoint.

Hiking information

PR11 - Vereda dos Balcoes

Departure : Ribeira Frio
Balisage : PR®
Type de parcours : aller-retour
Altitude Max : 400 m
Difficulty : facile

2 km
Deniv +
+160 m
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The hike in pictures

A gallery of images of the PR11 vereda dos balcões hike by Jan Helebrant ©.

Le long de la levada do juncal, forêt ribeiro frio
« Le long de la levada do juncal - ©emmanuel PARENT »
La Vereda dos Balcoes
« La Vereda dos Balcoes, une balade accessible à tous - emmanuel PARENT © »

fleur à Madèreforêt ribeiro frio madère
« au coeur de la forêt et de la nature à Madère - © emmanuel PARENT »

vue incroyable sur les picos de Madère depuis balcoes
« vue incroyable sur les picos de Madère depuis le PR11 - ©emmanuel PARENT »

How to get to this route?

Access by car or by fast bus from Funchal. See the access section to Ribeiro Frio Natural Park for more information.

Légende de la carte :

------ PR11 - Vereda dos Balcoes - environ 2 km    Point de départ   Point d'arrivée de la randonnée.
Forêt primaire


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