Fanal is one of the most emblematic places in the municipality of Porto Moniz, it is located between Ribeira da Janela and the Paúl da Serra plateau.
Well-known for their unique beauty and century-old Tis (Ocotea foetens) woods, these specimens that resist time go back to the period before the discovery of the Island. They are part of the Laurissilva forest classified as World Natural Heritage by UNESCO.
On the trails now recovered for mountain biking you can visit the viewpoint of Fio and enjoy the ingenious installation of cables for the transportation of firewood to the Chão da Ribeira, pedaling next to the winter lagoon of Fanal, or, for the more arduous, ride all the Enduro trails that go down towards the Ribeira da Janela.
From Funchal, take VR1 direction Ribeira Brava. When you get to Ribeira Brava, take VE4, direction São Vicente. In S. Vicente follow VE2 until Ribeira da Janela exit. The Center is on the left side just after the exit.
Monday to Sunday: 9h00-18h00
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|PEC1 Blue >
The blue track is designed to appeal to practitioners with little experience and who want to start in the endurance field, but is adapted to any type of discipline. Without any major obstacles, the course stands out for its beautiful landscape and natural setting. It starts near the Fanal lagoon that gives its name to it.
Distance: 2,03 km
|PEC2 red >
One of the oldest courses of Fanal, has received endurance tests since they take place in the area. It uses old paths at its beginning and has been reformulated to become more sustainable, but at the same time maintaining its most striking characteristics. It is the biggest special endurance course alternating fast zones with technical and fun sections.
Distance: 3,1 km
|PEC3 red >
It's the shortest of the endurance specials. In technical terms, the switchbacks stand out at the end. It starts in an area known as Curral Falso where there is a picknick area.
Distance: 1,2 km
|PEC4 red >
Special route with a lot of variety of terrain and vegetation, runs parallel to a small stream at the end. It ends at the ER that makes the connection to the next PEC or go back to Ribeira da Janela.
Distance: 1,9 km
|PEC5 black >
This route is characterised by its natural obstacles and sloping areas. When wet, the floor is quite slippery and treacherous. It is fast and with some double jumps.
Distance: 1,6 km