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A walking guide to Madeira and Porto Santo, the sunny volcanic islands of the mid Atlantic Ocean. The 60 day-walks explore the dramatic cliff coastline, wander along level levada paths, penetrate dense laurisilva forests and traverse stone-paved paths from peak to peak in the high mountains.
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A walking guide to Madeira and Porto Santo, volcanic islands which bask in sunny solitude in the Atlantic Ocean, far removed from Europe and Africa. A popular holiday destination for decades, the islands now attract more adventurous travellers keen to walk and trek.
This guidebook contains 60 routes which explore the dramatic cliff coastline, wander along level levada paths, penetrate dense laurisilva forests and traverse stone-paved paths from peak to peak in the high mountains. Taking account of sweeping changes around modern-day Madeira, including the network of underground road tunnels, the guide includes full information about bus routes and accommodation, food and drink along the walks. As well as this, the guide includes other practical details on getting to Madeira, the perfect time to go, what to take, the history and culture of the island and the many fascinating sights to see along the way.
• a comprehensive introduction to Madeira and Porto Santo in 7 sections
• lavishly illustrated with photographs and contoured maps, showing options for linking routes for longer treks
• almost 800km (500 miles) of walking on a variety of terrains
Walk 5 - The concrete bridge on the Ribeira de Santa Cruz has gone, so the river has to be forded to reach the Levada Nova.
Walk 23 - Rockfalls have been reported on the paths linking the peaks, so if the paths are closed, do not proceed. However, this is a popular route that is regularly maintained.
Bus Timetables - Many timetables are now available only online, and rarely available in printed form from the bus stations. TJ Walking sells a booklet of selected timetables
Walk 1 - Fallen trees have been reported in some places.
Walk 5 - The concrete footbridge over the Ribeira de Santa Cruz has gone. Crossing would be a problem after significant rainfall.
Walk 10 - The short cable below Pico do Coroa is broken and following the narrow, damaged path at this point requires great care.
Walk 12 - The path is currently closed at both ends, having suffered landslides that have destroyed some of the fencing beside the levada, as well as there being a number of fallen trees. People are still walking the route, but it must be stressed that this requires great care and is inadvisable.
Walk 13 - The animal pens at Terreiros have gone. There are landslides in the middle of the route, but it remains passable.
Walk 18 - To clarify… ‘garage bearing a number 92’ is not a filling station, but just houses one vehicle. Readers are reminded that this levada suffers continual damage and is often in a very dangerous condition. Be prepared to turn back BEFORE getting into difficulties!
Walk 40 - Rodoeste Bus 3 also serves the end of this walk.
A landslide in the middle of this walk, at Cascalho, has completely destroyed a section of the Levada das Rabaças. There is no way past the landslide, and water in the levada is currently carried across the valley in pipes suspended by cables. It is still possible to walk from Encumeada to Cascalho, along the levada and through tunnels, but a return must be made the same way back to Encumeada. Starting from the other end, a shorter walk can be made from Cristo Rei to Cascalho, then steps must be retraced back to Cristo Rei.
Both these routes follow a very rugged and overgrown path between Pico Grande and Pico do Jorge, described in some detail in the book, so that readers are aware of its difficulty. However, a reader has reported a significant deterioration in this route. A notice states 'Dead End' at the Pico do Jorge end of the path, but there is apparently no warning notice at the Pico Grande end. Although the path can be followed between the peaks, the increased risk makes this inadvisable, and the path is best avoided altogether.
The chapel by the cable car start to the Botanic Gardens (halfway down page 40 in the printed guide) is now a pile of large stones. A reader has also asked us to re-emphasise that the left-fork in the route described just after this is not suitable for vertigo sufferers, who should therefore take the right fork.
Levada do Barreiro. Following a forest fire and storm damage, parts of this route are in a poor state. A closure notice has been erected at the bottom, but not at the top, where this walk starts.
The bridge shown in the photo on pg 280 is no longer there. If you would like to complete this route, it now involves going through the waterfall.
Page 51 - Ribeiro de Abegoaria - The bridge has gone and the only way to follow this route at the moment is to walk along the levada parapet. This involves walking through a waterfall, which will result in a complete drenching unless full waterproofs are worn at that point. It is possible, coming in either direction, to leave the levada, descend using a track, link with the ER-102 road, then re-ascend along a track, to avoid the waterfall.
The colours are the wrong way round on the legends for these maps. Walk 56 is actually depicted in yellow and walk 57 in orange.
The old route shown as a dotted line and marked 'closed' on the map on page 136, has now been restored and reopened. It is a little shorter and involves less climbing.
|Trees and Flowers|
|Parque Natural da Madeira|
|Funchal and Monte|
|Getting to Madeira|
|Getting around Madeira|
|Food and Drink|
|Maps of Madeira|
|Using this Guide|
|Making Multi-day Trips|
|1 Eastern Madeira|
|1 Levada dos Tornos: Monte to Camacha|
|2 Levada dos Tornos: Camacha to Quatro Estradas|
|3 Levada da Serra: Campo do Pomar to Camacha|
|4 Levada da Serra: Camacha to Santo da Serra|
|5 Levada Nova: Quatro Estradas to Santo da Serra|
|6 Baia d'Abra and Ponta de São Lourenço|
|7 Levada do Caniçal: Maroços to Caniçal|
|8 Levada da Portela: Santo da Serra to Portela|
|9 Vereda das Funduras: Portela to Maroços|
|10 North Coast: Porto da Cruz to Ribeira Seca|
|2 Funchal to Santana|
|11 Vereda da Penha d'Águia|
|12 Levada do Furado: Portela to Ribeiro Frio|
|13 Caminho Velha: Poiso to Porto da Cruz|
|14 Fajã da Nogueira and Levada da Serra|
|15 Caminho Velha: Poiso to Santana|
|16 Levada do Barreiro: Poço da Neve to Monte|
|17 Levada da Negra: Poço da Neve to Barreira|
|18 Levada do Curral: Curral das Freiras to Funchal|
|19 Levada dos Piornais: Lombada to Funchal|
|3 The High Mountains|
|20 Boca da Encumeada to Achada do Teixeira|
|21 Boca da Encumeada to Curral das Freiras|
|22 Pico do Cedro and Pico do Areeiro|
|23 Pico do Areeiro to Pico Ruivo|
|24 Pico Ruivo, Vale da Lapa and Ilha|
|25 Pico Ruivo, Queimadas and Santana|
|26 Levada do Caldeirão Verde from Pico das Pedras|
|27 Levada do Rei from Quebradas|
|28 Santana, Calhau and São Jorge|
|29 Boca da Encumeada and Pico Grande|
|30 Colmeal and Pico Grande|
|31 Curral das Freiras to Boaventura|
|32 Boca da Encumeada to Colmeal|
|4 Jardim da Serra|
|33 Boca da Encumeada to Marco e Fonte|
|34 Boca da Corrida and Curral das Freiras|
|35 Boca dos Namorados and Curral das Freiras|
|36 Marco e Fonte to Fontes|
|37 Terreiros from Boca da Corrida|
|38 Crista do Espigão from Fontes|
|39 Levada do Norte: Serra de Água to Boa Morte|
|40 Levada do Norte: Boa Morte to Estreito de Câmara de Lobos|
|5 Paúl da Serra|
|41 Pico Ruivo do Paúl da Serra from Pico da Urze|
|42 Rabaçal, Levada do Risco and 25 Fontes|
|43 Levada do Paúl: Rabaçal to Cristo Rei|
|44 Levada das Rabaças: Cristo Rei to Boca da Encumeada|
|45 Caminho do Pináculo e Folhadal|
|46 Levada dos Cedros: Fanal to Ribeira da Janela|
|47 Levada da Janela: Fonte do Bispo to Porto Moniz|
|6 Western Madeira|
|48 Ponta do Pargo to Fonte do Bispo|
|49 Levada do Moinho: Tornadouro to Ribeira da Cruz|
|50 Levada Calheta/Ponta do Pargo to Ponta do Pargo|
|51 Levada Calheta/Ponta do Pargo to Prazéres|
|52 Caminho Real: Prazéres to Paúl do Mar|
|53 Levada Calheta/Ponta do Pargo to Lombo dos Faias|
|54 Levada Calheta/Ponta do Pargo to Ponta do Sol|
|55 Levada Nova and Levada do Moinho from Ponta do Sol|
|56 Levada Nova: Jangão to Ribeira Brava|
|57 Lombo do Mouro to Ribeira Brava|
|7 Porto Santo|
|58 Pico do Castelo, Pico do Facho and Pico Branco|
|59 Campo de Baixo, Bárbara Gomes and Eiras|
|60 Ponta, Pico de Ana Ferreira, Espigão and Calheta|
|Cruise to the Ilhas Desertas|
|Appendix 1 Quick reference guide to routes|
|Appendix 2 Language Notes|
|Appendix 3 Useful Contacts|