Vereda do Fanal
One of the hikes that passes Fanal Forest is Vereda do Fanal. This 11 kilometre one way hike takes you along the Paul da Serra plateau and ends at Posto Florestal Fanal. Because it is a point to point hike, it means you either have to hike your way back, get a taxi back to your car or hitchhike. You start this hike along the ER209 at PR13 sign for Vereda do Fanal.
In the first part you follow a forest trail with some stairs here and there, alternated with the incredible views on the Rabaçal valley. The tree branches which create a natural shelter of the sun are a welcome variety from the open spaces on the trail.
When entering the last two to three kilometres of the hike you will see a little change of scenery. The paths are now accompanied by the typical Ocotea Foetens, also known as Stinkwood tree, which is the enchanting and famous Fanal tree with twisted tree branches.
You will then end the Vereda do Fanal hike on the hill that looks out over Fanal Forest below.
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