Levada walk and wicker basket making
Walk under the clouds. View of the valley.
We set off early with our picnics and it was beautiful weather. We
took a coach with our friends and travelled upwards to visit the
heart of the islands – Curral das Freiras and walked up to the Eira
do Serrado viewpoint. We saw the most beautiful panoramic views
of the valley from all directions. We could see the ‘Nuns Valley’
where history has it that nuns fled there to live to seek protection
We bought a treat at the gift shop of chestnut cake and biscuits (to
add to our picnic) which were delicious. We then visited Areiro
Peak and saw lizards and centipedes and more beautiful views
before heading to Serra do Faial to follow the Levada. Once more
the views were spectacular and we saw lots of beautiful flowers and
birds in Laurel Forest. We even got to feed them from our hands!
Wicker basket making workshop
Lizard from Ariero Peak
Our final stop was to take part in a wicker basket making
workshop which was a great experience. Everyone
concentrated really well and came away with a souvenir. We
had an amazing day and our Portuguese friends had planned
this day to perfection.