We wanted to add to what has already been written by other reviewers with directions to get here on public transport. We found them quite hard to get!
Take a number 4 Rodoeste bus from Funchal to Ponta Do Sol. the bus stop in Funchal is opposite the marina on the shore front, right by the Rodoeste information kiosk. It leaves at around 5 minutes past the hour. Get off this but at Quinta Grande (ask the bus driver to tell you where to get off, and tell him you're bound for Faja Dos Padres. The bus drivers arer fantastic - ours told us where to get off and pointed us off down the path to Faja).
After you get off the bus, pass a house on the left side of the road (in the direction of travel) and head down a set of concrete steps immediately after the house. You are bound for the motorway that you can see at the bottom of the valley. We took a couple of shortcuts on more sets of steps through terraced gardens, missing out parts of the snaking road. Pass under the motorway by the side of the road headed for the coast and you will see a sign for Faja. the road veers to the right, keep going and going past a few houses until finally you will round a corner and see the top of the lift.
It was a 1 hour (taking it easy), approx 3K walk from the bus to the beach including going down the amazing cliff side lift.
To get back to Funchal reverse your steps back up the way again. Allow an hour to get from the beach to the bus stop. The no 4 bus passes through that stop more or less on the hour, every hour, to take you back to Funchal. I would plan to arrive at the bus stop at quarter to the hour to be sure.
The bus ride costs 2.75 E and takes about an hour - it's a spectacle in it' own right! We really enjoyed the bus ride!
Back to Faja - the cafe is amazing and very reasonable. Mains around 9-10 E and sandwiches around 4-5 E. There is a jetty for swimming off and sun loungers (2 E charge for these). Take your own beach towel and picnic blanket and find a spot on the pebble beach or on the jetty. the quite fantastic lift down the cliff side costs 7.50 E and is WELL worth it!
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