Getting to Colina da Fajã is a little bit of an adventure, first of all because not all navigation systems seem to be able to direct you to the address. I used two different ones and always as led to the village Fajã da Ovelha which does actually sound right. After a bit one realizes though that the B&B is elsewhere on the map, higher up.
So coming from Funchal and Prazeres don't follow the last road sign down into Fajã da Ovelha but keep going until you see a sign on the left pointing down a small alley to the B&B, right in front of a bar and mini market.
Furthermore be prepared for a steep road down and try to postpone worrying about how to ever get back up. There is parking in front of the house and I think it is advisable to turn the car around when you get there should there be space enough.
Once you're there you'll appreciate the beautiful ocean view from the balcony, the terrace and the small but great infinity pool. This is actually one of the features I liked most about the house; that there are various shared seating areas both outside and inside where one can plan the next trip or simply read a book.
The rooms are spacious with wooden floor panels and mine had a door to the balcony which also had access to the pool. The only disadvantage in that part of the house is that you have to go a couple of meters for Internet.
Breakfast had everything but hot milk for a nice galão. I have had better on the island but it was still good.
All in all I would recommend the place to people who prefer tranquility over the proximity to a town with opportunities for. shopping and partying.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Colina da Faja is the ideal place for nature lovers and walkers who wish to discover the beauty of Madeira Island trough the "Levadas" (walking trails constructed to transport water). In front of the house, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful and long Levadas called Levada Nova. It starts on Ribeira Brava and ends in a small village after Ponta do Pargo. This small house, with 9 rooms, is situated in Faja da Ovelha, Calheta, in the south west coast of Madeira Island. This is both the sunniest and most intact side of the island. ... more less
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