Vereda da Penha de Águia starts at Caminho D. Sebastião. There are a few bars that serve refreshments close by, in case you need to top up before the trek.
Despite the considerable inclination, the dirt track is in good condition and is surrounded by exotic vegetation that disguises the height. However, only experienced and fit hikers with a head for heights should attempt the vertiginous walk.
Once at the top the beautiful views and sense of accomplishment set in.
From this point, you can examine the full extent of Porto da Cruz, the largest parish in the municipality. The hike captures the beauty of the vast coastline and the impressive mountainous ridge that separates the parishes of Porto da Cruz and Machico.
Vereda da Penha de Águia is a round trip. On the way back down, take extra care as not to slip on the sloping descent.
Back at the starting point, admire the seemingly impossible trek and order a well-deserved regional drink at one of the local bars.