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Quinta do Alto São João
is located in the deep countryside of Funchal's south coast. As such
it is great for walking, hiking up to the mountains and relaxing by
Here are some of our suggestions:
- Shore Fishing - Ponta do Sol has a small
fishing industry itself. However shore or rock fishing can also
be enjoyed by fishing enthusiasts.
The type of fish you can expect to catch are likely any or some
of the following (names in Portuguese with English translation in
Garapau (Blacktail combers), Cherne
(Wreckfish), Abróteas (Larger Forkbeard Fish), Encharéu
(Guelly Jacks), Boga (Bogue), Bluefish, Cow Bream, White
Bream, Two Banded Bream, Lumpheaded Bream, Saddled Bream, Common
Bream, Zebra Bream, Bodião (Parrotfish), "Cavalas"
and the abundant Chicharros (Horse Mackerel). Many other
smaller amounts of other types of fish can also be caught - including
the rather special Badejo (Comb Grouper), Mero (Dusky
Grouper) and Peixe Porco (Gray Triggerfish).
Butterfly Catching: Clouded
Yellows, Small Whites, Red Admirals, Indian Red Admirals, Painted
Ladies, Small Coppers, Long Tailed Blues, Speckled Woods and Monarch
Buterflies are just some of the possible nettings.
Canary birds, Spectacled Warblers, Linnets, Quails and Turtle Doves.
If you are very lucky and travel further up into the protected Laurrisilva
forest you might even catch a glimpse of the very rare and indigenous
Long Toed Pigeon. Other birds that live closeby to the quinta
include Robins, Blackcaps, Grey Wagtails, Kestrels, and Buzzards.
you travel into the forests and surrounds you may encounter the
Madeiran Firecrest, the Madeiran Chaffinch and the
unique Berthelot's Pipit
- many lesser known Levadas run close by and near the quinta. It
is advised that experienced Levada walkers take these while newcomers
to this wonderful activity try the well documented and safer more
picturesque Levada walks of, for example, the Encumeada - Levada
do lombo do Mouro - Ribeira Brava walk, the Levada Nova walk, the
Levada do Paúl, and the spectacular Rabaçal and 25
Fontes walks near the Paúl da Serra.
Lazing by the pool
Parasailing nearby in Arco
Surfing at Jardim do Mar
and Paúl do Mar