( I actually started my walk in Funchal Estadio dos Barrios, along the levada to Quebradas, along the flatish Levada do Curral through it's route through tunnels as it clings to the valley wall. To in 3 hours the view of Faja the abandoned village and where small waterfalls come down onto the path. Then as that path is "impassable" I backtracked 1 hour up out of the valley to the road where the Curral bus passes)
The Levada do Curral
Looking down onto Faja
I didn't bother with a bus down from Eira, I just walked down the traditional cobbled path steps on the east side of the car park and was in Curral in 45 minutes.
- The main thing about Curral is the view down to it, it isn't actually a very interesting village otherwise.
- Weekdays there are frequent buses into Funchal and the last one is very late.
- I actually walked further down and across the other side of the valley. Then south to the end of the road where a path leads up to the Boca dos Namarados viewpoint and forest park in 3 hours total.. the path down further an hour took me to a village with the bus down into Estreito then Lobos, then Funchal.
Looking back down towards Curral from Bocas dos Namarados