|Terreiros from Boca da
|Estimated net time||1½-2 hours|
|Difficulty||Easy hike, mostly on mountain road.|
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (November 2014).|
|Parking||Room for several cars at trail head car park, and if full you can park along the road further down.|
|Start height||1230 metres|
|Vertical metres||270 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||5.0 km|
From Madeira's capital Funchal drive road VR1 a little west, to junction 5. Exit here, cross under the motorway, and follow signs for "Estreito C. Lobos". Drive a little less than 4 km uphill and follow signs for "Centro" (right) when you get to the village Estreito. Drive through the village centre and follow signs for "Jardim da Serra". 3.6 km from the "Centro" exit in Estreito turn right towards "Bocca de Corrida", and follow this road 3.2 km to its end. Park at the car park at the top of the road.
Start your hike by following the mountain road left from above the car park. Follow this road 1.7 km and turn right onto a mountain road heading uphill. Walk this road 190 metres and continue on the path that starts close to an old concrete building. The 310 metres of path is a little over grown in places, and will take you down to a gate. Cross the fence left of the gate, walk a few metres left on the mountain road, and then head right and up the vague path on the left hand side of a wide gully. Turn right when the path tops out and continue on a more visible path up to the concrete cairn at the summit.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
21. November 2014
After Elisabeth and I had hiked Casado from Encumeada earlier this Friday I dropped off Elisabeth in Funchal centre before driving up to Boca da Corrida for a quick hike to Terreiros. This was a short and easy hike, and most of the hike was done in sunshine, which was a new experience for my Madeira hiking. Unfortunately most of the higher mountains were still covered by mist, but I did at least get a good view across to Arieiro. Two other hikers were resting at the summit, but they didn't seem very talkative.
Next on the agenda was to drive back down to Funchal to pick up Elisabeth, before heading back to our apartment for food and packing before heading back home early Saturday morning.