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Walking on Madeira

60 mountain and levada routes on Madeira and Porto Santo

A walking guide to the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo. Selection of varied day walks exploring Madeira's network of levadas (water channels) as well as routes across steep and rugged mountains, with slopes of bare rock or laurisilva 'cloud' forest. The neighbouring island of Porto Santo offers easy walking and a sandy beach.

Seasons

A year-round destination: hot and humid in the summer, cooler and a little wetter in winter.

Centres

Funchal, Ribeira Brava, Santana, Porto Moniz, Porto Santo

Difficulty

Routes for all abilities, from easy, level levada walks to very steep and rugged mountain paths. Some routes are mostly downhill. Adjacent routes can be linked to form longer walks.

Must See

Parque Natural da Madeira, Pico Ruivo, levadas, laurisilva forests, Ponta de São Lourenço
ISBN
9781852848552
Availability
Published
Published
22 Aug 2018
Reprinted
24 Oct 2023
Edition
Third
Pages
296
Size
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.65cm
Weight
340g
Overview

A guidebook to 60 day walks on the island of Madeira and neighbouring Porto Santo. Covering mountains, coast, laurisilva cloud forest and levadas (irrigation channels), routes range from easy strolls to more strenuous mountain hikes, some calling for a good head for heights.

Walks range from 4 to 27km (2–17 miles) with options to combine routes to create longer days out. 

  • Sketch maps are included for each walk
  • Detailed information on planning, facilities and public transport
  • Highlights include an ascent of Pico de Areeiro, Madeira’s highest peak
  • Easy access from Funchal

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Paddy Dillon Cicerone author DILLON

By Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer, with over 100 guidebooks to his name and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications and has appeared on radio and television.Paddy uses a tablet computer to write as he walks. His descriptions are therefore precise, having been written at the very point at which the reader uses them.Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain's National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US.

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