Madeira News: unmissable Walks: Paul do Mar PR19

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A lovely, short walk that is almost entirely downhill from the village of Prazeres to the sea shore at Paúl do Mar. The descent is made along the cliff face, winding between terraced farm plots held in place by…

This walk is located in the western area of Madeira Island, linking the parish of Prazeres with Paúl do Mar, dropping from an elevation of 550 metres to the sea shore.

In the parish of Prazeres, take advantage of the opportunity to visit the Learning Farm with its various animais, and the Casa de Chá (Tea House), where you can savour infusions of aromatic and medicinal herbs and purchase traditional sweets made with organically-grown fruit.

The descent is made along the face of the cliff between Assomadouro at Prazeres and the dock at Paúl, winding between terraced farm plots, held in place by stone walls, formerly used for growing grain crops, but with decline of agriculture today, they are largely abandoned.

Assomadouro is the name given to the place from which something interesting can be seen, being a synonym for miradouro (belvedere). In fact, the view from here is superb, with beautiful panoramic views to the left (the tiny parish of Jardim do Mar) and to the right (Paúl do Mar) that are truly dazzling.

Designated as a “municipal path”, it is an example of the difficult access routes that were traversed many times with heavy loads on the back, but which were the only alternative to the access by sea, which was too expensive for many and impossible when the sea was raging.

This trail is a genuine historical heritage, winding along the steep slope in a zig-zag pattern, its stone pavement in small stair steps bearing witness to the isolation of past generations and to the ingenious and difficult trails built by the people to overcome this isolation.

Waterfalls and endemic flora exclusive to these elevations, such as pride of Madeira (Echium nervosum) and Madeira mountain stock (Euphorbia piscatoria), help make this trail a true discovery trip.

When you reach Paúl do Mar, be sure you explore this small parish on the seashore and wonder at the high cliffs that surround it. At one time, it was an important fishing village, and due to the great abundance of fish, in 1912 a canning factory was set up here to export tuna.

Today, you can still see remnants of the chimney of that factory, as well as the salt pools, the sugar cane mill and the small fishing port with its typical fishing boats that keep the maritime traditions alive.

This walk is located in the western area of Madeira Island, linking the parish of Prazeres with Paúl do Mar, dropping from an elevation of 550 metres to the sea shore.

In the parish of Prazeres, take advantage of the opportunity to visit the Learning Farm with its various animais, and the Casa de Chá (Tea House), where you can savour infusions of aromatic and medicinal herbs and purchase traditional sweets made with organically-grown fruit.

The descent is made along the face of the cliff between Assomadouro at Prazeres and the dock at Paúl, winding between terraced farm plots, held in place by stone walls, formerly used for growing grain crops, but with decline of agriculture today, they are largely abandoned.
Assomadouro is the name given to the place from which something interesting can be seen, being a synonym for miradouro (belvedere). In fact, the view from here is superb, with beautiful panoramic views to the left (the tiny parish of Jardim do Mar) and to the right (Paúl do Mar) that are truly dazzling.

Designated as a “municipal path”, it is an example of the difficult access routes that were traversed many times with heavy loads on the back, but which were the only alternative to the access by sea, which was too expensive for many and impossible when the sea was raging.
This trail is a genuine historical heritage, winding along the steep slope in a zig-zag pattern, its stone pavement in small stair steps bearing witness to the isolation of past generations and to the ingenious and difficult trails built by the people to overcome this isolation.

Waterfalls and endemic flora exclusive to these elevations, such as pride of Madeira (Echium nervosum) and Madeira mountain stock (Euphorbia piscatoria), help make this trail a true discovery trip.

When you reach Paúl do Mar, be sure you explore this small parish on the seashore and wonder at the high cliffs that surround it. At one time, it was an important fishing village, and due to the great abundance of fish, in 1912 a canning factory was set up here to export tuna.

Today, you can still see remnants of the chimney of that factory, as well as the salt pools, the sugar cane mill and the small fishing port with its typical fishing boats that keep the maritime traditions alive.

Este é um trilho curto de 1,8 Km, com uma duração de 1:20 horas, quase todo encosta abaixo desde a freguesia dos Prazeres até o Paul do Mar. A descida é feita por entre poios agrícolas, rodeados por muros de pedra.

Este trilho tem início nos Prazeres e finaliza no Paul do Mar com uma extensão de 1,8 km e a duração de 1h20m, numa altitude entre os 535m e os 35m.
Antes de iniciar o percurso, aproveite para visitar a Quinta Pedagógica na Freguesia dos Prazeres onde pode conhecer algumas plantas aromáticas e medicinais cultivadas neste local, pode observar também alguns animais exóticos e saborear na Casa do Chá as infusões de ervas aromáticas e adquirir os doces tradicionais confecionados com os frutos de origem biológica.
Logo após inicia a descida pela escarpa entre o Assomadouro nos Prazeres e o cais do Paul, por entre poios agrícolas, suportados pelos muros de pedra, antigamente cultivados em que predominava a cultura de cereais. Atualmente estes socalcos deixaram de ser cultivados estando abandonados.
O nome Assomadouro é dado ao local onde se avista algo de interessante, é sinónimo de miradouro. De facto, a vista que obtém daqui é soberba, pois as paisagens panorâmicas proporcionadas quer à esquerda pela freguesia do Jardim do Mar e quer à direita, pelo Paul do Mar constituem um autêntico deslumbramento.
O “caminho do concelho” é exemplo dos difíceis acessos muitas vezes, percorridos com pesadas cargas às costas, mas a única ligação até à costa marítima, muito importante para muitos e impossível de aceder quando o mar se revoltava. Este trilho constitui um autêntico património histórico, serpenteando a encosta em ziguezague com o piso calcetado em pequenos degraus é testemunha do isolamento das populações antepassadas e dos engenhosos e árduos caminhos construídos pelo povo para ultrapassar esse isolamento.
As quedas de água e a flora endémica exclusiva destas altitudes como o Massaroco (Echium nervosum) e a Figueira-do-inferno (Euphorbia piscatoria) contribuem para que o trilho se torne uma verdadeira descoberta.
No final do trilho o caminhante chega ao Paul do Mar, podendo visitar esta freguesia à beira mar e admirar as grandes falésias que a envolvem. Ao percorrer os arruamentos dá-se conta dos vestígios do passado da freguesia.
Em 1912 foi construída uma fábrica de conservas de atum com fins de exportação, surgindo esta indústria num momento de grande abundância de peixe, tornando este local num importante centro piscatório. Atualmente, ainda se observa os vestígios da chaminé da fábrica, bem como das salinas existentes, para além do engenho de cana-de-açúcar e o pequeno porto piscatório com os seus característicos barcos de pesca, mantendo as tradições marítimas.
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