Itinerary

Touristic Guide

Santo António Touristic Guide allows you to visit some of the most emblematic points of the parish.

Length

34,0 km

Duration

3 hour(s)

The tourist itinerary of Santo António begins in the Historical Centre of Santo Amaro. In this site, you can find four buildings that date back to the 15th and 16th century, the period of discovery and settlement on the island. From there, head towards Pico dos Barcelos viewpoint, located at 335 meters above sea level, offering a privileged view over Funchal and a 360º panoramic view that stretches from Ponta do Garajau to Cabo Girão, including the mountains of the Central Mountain Massif and Desertas Islands. Head towards the mountains to Montado do Paredão located between 1400 and 1450 meters high. There you will find two viewpoints that offer wide panoramic views. Following the Forest Path where you will be able to enjoy the Pico do Prado viewpoint overlooking towards Santo António mountain ranges and Funchal bay. In the mountain areas, you can enjoy Mountain Paths through several historic footpaths, once used to explore the natural resources of the mountain. These are good alternatives to enjoy the landscape or practice nature sports. From here, follow to Madeira’s Regional Archive and Public Library a modern building that stores an invaluable heritage for the preservation of the collective memory and identity of Madeira and its people. From here, you can observe Santo António Civic Center easily recognizable by the giant graffiti of Cristiano Ronaldo by English artist Richard Wilson. The itinerary ends at Santo António Church.The original temple dates back to the 16th century, but has undergone several changes over time. The temple is built in Rococo style, adorned with gilded carvings and ostentatious decorations.

You can also visit, other points of interest starting at Quinta Josefina. Built in 1866, this estate belonged to an important family known for their connection to literature and arts. Continue to Álamos Church, a modern architecture temple. Now follow to Solar do Leme, a manor-style building built in 1536 and one of the oldest “morgadios” of the parish. Continue towards Santo Amaro Church built in 2000 with the help of the local population, a project signed by Architect João Cunha Paredes. Follow in direction of Nossa Senhora da Graça Church inaugurated in 2004. From there continue following the road until you reach São João de Deus Chapel built in the 19th century that later, in 1933, gave place to a new temple. Head to Quinta Falcão neighbourhood where Cristiano Ronaldo lived, and continue to the Andorinha Football Field where the Cristiano Ronaldo played for the first time at 6 years old. Proceed to the Nossa Senhora da Visitação Church. Dated from 1964, was successively improved and grew over the years. Go up towards the Poor Clares Monastery built in 1971 in a house that belonged to Mother Virginia Brites da Paixão family. Head towards the mountains and visit Eira do Serrado viewpoint offering a panoramic view over the imposing mountains of the Central Mountain Massif. Continue climbing the mountains until you reach one of the highest points of the Madeira island, Pico do Areeiro, A few meters down you can find Poço da Neve (Snow Well). Formerly used to store snow that would fall at wintertime, to be taken later to downtown Funchal. Keep going down, and you will find Terreiro do Freixo sheepfolds, small circular pens, built in stone, inherited from a time when sheep herding was still present on the mountains.

Location:

Freguesia de Santo António

Type:

Tourist

Direction:

Circular

Movement:

Car

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