We recently visited a new project on Madeira Island called Rota da Cal (Lime Route / Limestone Trail). Before I continue my story about it … I want to say … it is worth to visit the place.
This project is a educational tourist attraction which is located in São Vicente, Sitio dos Lameiros. It is easy to find. When driving towards São Vicente … just in between Encumeada and São Vicente there is a roundabout where you take the exit to Lameiros. Then follow the signs Rota da Cal.
There you will find the Museum Centre and the Limestone Trail … enclosed in an area of approx. 12.000 m2 …. where, besides its very typical of Madeira’s landscape beauty, you will find two limestone quarries, a lime kiln (= thermally insulated chamber or oven) and other constructions used to support farming and cattle-raising, such as haylofts, cultivation fields and levadas (water channels).
In the Museum Centre you will be informed of the whole process of obtaining limestone in the region. Videos and several posters will explain the Limestone Trail … its significance and importance, from the transport of stones to the transport of water, plus the presence of other limestone kilns in the Region.
From the Museum Centre you can start to take the same trail which limestone workers took many years ago carrying precious limestone, wood and water from the quarries to the Lime Kiln house. When taking the path …. take a moment to stop … make no sound … and enjoy natures relaxing atmosphere.
The (two) quarries are located near the Barrinho stream, at 475 meters of altitude. Also you will find some buildings and characteristics typical of Madeira’s rural landscape, such as the haylofts, cultivation fields, levadas, an irrigation poll and a transport cable.
For more information, please visit their site: www.madeirarotadacal.com
The Museum Centre is open all days except 25th of December and 1st of January.
Open from 10h till 18h (1 April – 30 October)
Open from 10h till 17h (1 November – 31 March)
Prices 4 Euros per person. Visitors above 65 years of age or scholars pay only 2,5 euros. 10% discount for groups of 6 or more.
Special note from the editor:
For those of you that intend to visit the Rota da Cal (and/or any other rural attraction on Madeira) I urge to you to respect its natural environment.
- Do not litter;
- Do not disturb the peacefulness;
- Do not take unasked any souvenirs;
- Follow the indicated paths and do not enter any restricted areas;
- Help us to maintain these precious environments on Madeira Islands.