Getting here is a feat in itself, the coach drivers deserve medals and I'd think twice before driving it myself, but plenty do.
The views are breathtaking as you climb from Funchal on narrow but decently maintained roads with near sheer drops at times. At the top you reach about 1100m to reach a shop and a paved walk to a viewpoint over the valley itself. The views there are great and despite being 400m or more over the village below, you can hear the stream, a motorbike or a dog barking below.
Stunning is the right word. Clouds come over the hills a some might go below you!
The shop is pretty good, has ok toilets, a decent cafe and the outside tables have a lovely view.
Definitely worth a visit. More