The sorry plate of Paúl da Serra is immense a wide perfectly horizontal punt and lunar (from 1,410 to 1,440 m); it is spread out over about thirty km². The landscape, here, points out that of the dull Scottish plains often disappearing in the fog or the clouds: one hears there only the noise of the wind and, possibly, the bleats of the black sheep…
This “marsh” is flooded in winter: water infiltrates in this season, whereas it evaporates in summer.
It is also the crossroads of tracks, roads and ways which make it possible to make excursions in the center of the Madeira.
Preserved perfectly, Paúl da Serra is a small paradise for the avid hikers of great lonelinesses, especially because of its arid and stripped nature so different moreover from the island; many paths furrow the girdled plate of a lace of tops (refuges with Rabaçal, Estanquinhos, Bica da Cana and Lombo do Mouro).
Because of the very frequent fogs which go down abruptly, the walkers may find it beneficial to be made accompany by a tested guide. One of the paths borrows the tunnel (furado das Levadinhas), 600 m length (essential flashlight) which passes under the central peak of the island, directed of is in west and forming the watershed.
The vegetation is composed of ferns and foam beds; curved, shrivelled, the arborescent heather is due despite everything head to the wind which blows permanently: cloud and layers of fog often plane above ground.