Start out early with a packed lunch, waterproof boots, and make sure to pack an anorak and torch in your rucksack.From Queimadas to Caldeirao Verde is 6 km (3.7 miles) or an hour and a half’s walk.The first tunnel is a short one slightly curved. Soon after the second tunnel which is 200 metre long, comes a third short tunnel with a window in the...more
Start in Rabaçal on the west side of Paúl da Serra, Madeira island’s big plateau. Wear the right shoes, take along a picnic, and put a sweater and anorak in your rucksack. Don’t forget you are going up to about 1,000 metres above sea level, where it rains a lot more than in Funchal and the average temperature is 6ºC less than on the south coast.more
The Levada da Central da Ribeira da Janela is one of the best-kept levadas on Madeira. This large levada almost flowed over with water, and the Levadeiros (levada keepers) were busy with putting up new wire ropes and mending the levada wall. Still, don't expect an easy, eventless walk. Seven tunnels and a waterfall are waiting to be passed, and the...more
Changes in climatic conditions have caused changes in the terrain, in some cases so significant to the point that the route has become dangerous, particulary along the levadas. The authorities assume no responsibility for any personal or material damages which may occur. Remind that these walks should be done in the company of hikers or walk guides.
In the north of the island,many of the original dense laurel woods can still be seen, although interspersed here and there are junipers together with tree ferns, tree heaths, chestnuts and cedars up to 30m(100ft) in height. On the south of the island the woodlands are less dense due to the lower rainfall levels and, in many places, forest has given...more
Madeira enjoys a favourable climate and particularly in spring and autumn, visitors to the island will discover a blaze of colour. Just take a look around: bougainvillea in all their colours, freesias, geraniums, bright red poinsettias, jasmine, amaryllis, lilies, olive green aloes, gladioli, begonia, chrysanthemum, antirrhinums and marigolds,...more