Walking on Madeira
60 mountain and levada routes on Madeira and Porto Santo
By Paddy Dillon
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.
SeasonsA year-round destination: hot and humid in the summer, cooler and a little wetter in winter.
CentresFunchal, Ribeira Brava, Santana, Porto Moniz, Porto Santo
DifficultyRoutes 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 SeeParque Natural da Madeira, Pico Ruivo, levadas, laurisilva forests, Ponta de São Lourenço
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Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer, with over 90 guidebooks to his name and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written extensively for several outdoor publications and has appeared on radio and television. Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain's National Trails and several major European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.View author profile
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