On the east coast of Porto Santo Island, the hike to Zimbralinho Beach and Miradouro Flores Viewpoint is a great coastal trail for sunset views. Most of the trail can be completed by car or motorbike along the roads but it’s a short coastal trail, which is great for hiking and enjoying the views. Because it faces east, you can expect beautiful lighting and colors in the sky at sunset!
ZIMBRALINHO BEACH AND MIRADOURO FLORES VIEWPOINT HIKE DETAILS
- Hike Distance: The total distance of the hike was 6 kilometers on the out and back circuit starting from the turn-off on the main road. However, most of the route can be driven by car so if you prefer to climb the hill from behind your steering wheel and avoid the 100-meter incline up the first hill, there’s nothing wrong with that.
- Hike Duration: The hike will take you about 2 hours or maybe a little longer if you stick around for sunset at Miradouro Flores Viewpoint at the end of the day.
- Hike Difficulty: This trail isn’t very difficult at all. In fact, most of the trail is on a road whether it be paved like in the beginning or like the gravel road near Zimbralinho Beach. You are on the coastal cliffs at times so take care especially when it’s windy. This hike is suitable for families, children or walking a dog.
- Hike Incline: Total elevation was 250 meters for the entire circuit.
- My Strava Map Upload: Zimbralinho Beach and Flores Viewpoint Hike
HOW TO GET TO THE TRAILHEAD
I was staying at Vila Baleira, so I actually began my hike from there. However, the route (which is listed as an official route on the AllTrails app) began at the turn-off from the main road. The road you need to turn right onto is Est. Cmdt. José de Castro Vasconcelos. Once you are on this road, you simply follow the trail all the way up the hill until you reach an intersection. It’s kind of like a fork, you always return to this intersection no matter which of the viewpoints you are visiting from this intersection. To get an overview of the map, you can view it on AllTrails or on my Strava upload, which I linked above.
MY EXPERIENCE ON THE ZIMBRALINHO BEACH AND MIRADOURO FLORES VIEWPOINT HIKE
The hike ‘officially’ begins at the main road but in reality, you can drive almost the entire route of this hike so you can actually start wherever you feel. I like the workout so we started at the bottom of the hill and followed the map route provided on the AllTrails app. The first part of the hike is essentially a 100-meter climb up the road, with Pico Ana Ferreira creating a picturesque backdrop.
The hike continues up the paved road until you reach the main intersection of the route. I called this hike the ‘fork route’ because you always return back to the intersection after visiting the viewpoints. The best way to do this hike is to first visit Zimbralinho Beach and then return to the intersection and visit Miradouro Flores Viewpoint second. This means you can finish the hike with sunset at the viewpoint. The walk down to Zimbralinhos Beach can be done in a car as well but the trail is rough gravel and down a steep hill so it’s better to walk this section.
Zimbralinho Beach is a pretty crazy inlet on the west coast and is one of the prettiest beaches in Porto Santo. This section of the coastline takes the brunt of all the waves and wind that hit the island so it is very jagged and rugged. This also makes it prone to landslides, which meant it was closed to reaching the shoreline but it’s still nice to come and view the coastline from the little viewpoint.
After Zimbralinho beach, you will return back to the intersection and then make a loop of Miradouro das Flores and Cabeco do Zimbralinho. The walk along the coast was unbelievably windy but we had pretty great views of the nearby island called Ilhéu de Baixo ou da Cal.
We arrived at Miradouro Flores about half an hour before sunset, which was perfect timing. The cliffs were gleaming and we could take in the views before the sun would put on its nightly show. At the viewpoint, a nice wooden railing lines the entire perimeter with several levels of viewing. It’s a perfect spot that you can drive to for sunset. You have views back down the island to the east and, of course, a direct view of the sun setting over the ocean to the west.
On the night we visited, there was a storm brewing right in front of the sun, which created some crazy light rays through the clouds. In the other direction, the clouds were being strung out by the wind creating formations I’d never seen before!
We then made our way back down the hill to our starting point. Along the way, we picked up a couple of bags of trash. There seemed to be a lot of bottles and household items scattered in this part of the island.
ADVENTURE BAG FROM THE ZIMBRALINHO BEACH AND MIRADOURO FLORES VIEWPOINT HIKE
This is an adventure bag. It is full of trash. Every time I go on an adventure I collect one adventure bag full of trash. It’s my small way of saying thanks to mother nature for allowing me to enjoy her beautiful creations. If we have time to go on an adventure we have time to collect an adventure bag on the way back out of the trail once we have enjoyed the waterfall, the hike, or the beach. Adventure hard!
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I hope you enjoyed this guide about the Zimbralinho Beach & Miradouro Flores Viewpoint hike on Porto Santo Island. Happy hiking!
WHERE TO STAY ON PORTO SANTO
There are a lot of options on Porto Santo Island from big all-inclusive hotels to small Airbnb apartments. I’ve written a huge post about all of the best options when it comes to Porto Santo and you can check it out here: WHERE TO STAY ON PORTO SANTO ISLAND: 11 BEST RESORTS AND HOTELS
I stayed for five days at Vila Baleira Resort and five days at Hotel Porto Santo & Spa but also heard and saw great things about Pestana Porto Santo Beach Resort & Spa. Here’s a quick glimpse at those three, beautiful beachside accommodations.
VILA BALEIRA RESORT
Vila Baleira Porto Santo (Luxury & All-inclusive): THIS IS WHERE I STAYED! Vila Baleira is a 4-star resort situated right on the golden sand beach of Porto Santo. The rooms are on one side of the road and the restaurant and pool area are directly next to the beach. I had the all-inclusive package, which meant we got a wristband when we arrived and then had buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as unlimited coffee and alcohol all day, every day.
Click here to check the best current rates and availability of Vila Baleira Porto Santo.
Pestana Porto Santo Beach Resort & Spa (Luxury): This is a 5-star resort on Porto Santo Island and it is by the largest hotel group in Portugal. The moment you step in the resort you’ll be rewarded with a blissful setting and its world-class amenities. I would’ve liked to stay here and from everything, I heard while on the island, it is a pretty awesome place to stay. It’s the top pick for a hotel on Porto Santo Island if you want luxury!
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Hotel Porto Santo & Spa (Luxury): THIS IS WHERE I STAYED! Another classy, 4-star resort is Hotel Porto Santo & Spa where I stayed for my second 5-day period on my 10-day trip to Porto Santo Island. I’d happily recommend this Porto Santo hotel for couples and those looking for beachfront luxury with a very relaxing atmosphere. On top of that, the spa has a Turkish bath, a heated pool, massage rooms, relaxation spots, hot sand therapy, and more. Not to mention the restaurant serves fresh local dishes.
Click here to check the best current rates and availability of Hotel Porto Santo & Spa.