Madeira

Description

Madeira

Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago, located 700 km off the African west coast in the Atlantic Ocean, roughly between the Azores and the Canary Islands. It is made up of the main island of Madeira, Porto Santo, Ilhas Desertas and Ilhas Selvagens. The last two are uninhabited and only accessible for scientific research. All islands have volcanic origins.

The main island of Madeira is subtropical, forested and steeply mountainous, with a mild climate throughout the year. April-May are busiest with tourists. August-September are hottest. Between april and september there is less rain than in winter. The island is renowned for its flowers and has many endemic species of fauna and birds. The size is 740 km, about the same as La Palma (Canarias) or São Miguel (largest of the Azores).

Hiking in Madeira is popular, and done mostly along the so-called levada's (narrow irrigation channels), built to transport water from the north to the south of the island. The footpaths alongside the levada's can be very narrow, sometimes lead through dark and slippery tunnels and along very, very steep and high mountainsides. Bring a flashlight and use anti-slip footwear! Your reward is a marvellous landscape with gorgeous lush valleys, blooming flowers and great views of the Atlantic Ocean in the distance. Marked trails are numbered PR1 - PR23.

 

Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2018
  • Walking on Madeira
  • 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. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2018
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2018
  • Walking on Madeira: 60 mountain and levada routes on Madeira and Porto Santo
  • This guide describes a varied selection of 57 walks on the Portuguese island of Madeira, exploring the dramatic cliff coastline, scenic levadas (irrigation channels), dense laurisilva `cloud` forests and high mountain peaks, plus three walks on neighbouring Porto Santo. There are routes to suit all abilities, from easy, level levada walks to... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids Walking on Madeira | Cicerone
  • 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. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2013
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2017
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2017
  • Madeira: 6 Car Tours, 100 Long and Short Walks
  • HE walkers’ guide to Madeira for more than 30 years and a winner of the Thomas Cook Best Travel Guide Award, this book has been thoroughly revised for the current 13th edition to take into account the fires of August 2016 (with a couple of replacement walks). The maps have also been improved with waypoints, and there are free downloadable GPS... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2019
  • Madeira Walks: Volume One, Leisure Trails
  • Madeira is a wonderful destination for walkers, offering a breathtaking diversity of landscapes; lushly verdant slopes, towering volcanic peaks, dramatic gorges and soaring cliffs surprise and amaze the newcomer. Add the levada network, primeval forests, subtropical flora and the superb landscaped gardens - little wonder that the island is... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2019
  • Madeira Walks: Volume One, Leisure Trails
  • Madeira is a wonderful destination for walkers, offering a breathtaking diversity of landscapes; lushly verdant slopes, towering volcanic peaks, dramatic gorges and soaring cliffs surprise and amaze the newcomer. Add the levada network, primeval forests, subtropical flora and the superb landscaped gardens - little wonder that the island is... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Wandelgids 1 Madeira Walks | Discovery Walking
  • Madeira is a wonderful destination for walkers, offering a breathtaking diversity of landscapes; lushly verdant slopes, towering volcanic peaks, dramatic gorges and soaring cliffs surprise and amaze the newcomer. Add the levada network, primeval forests, subtropical flora and the superb landscaped gardens - little wonder that the island is... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Walk! Madeira
  • “Walk! Madeira” is Shirley and Mike Whitehead’s Discovery Walking Guide to Madeira. Forty walks have been selected routes that pass through a range of landscapes with easier short walk and family alternatives for those seeking more leisurely days out.The guide describes a total of 40 GPS waymarked walking routes across Madeira and each has been... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Portugal
  • Your journey starts here. We`ve reimagined and updated our iconic DK Eyewitness travel guides. This brand new Portugal guide, now in a lightweight format, has been expertly curated with all new photography plus DK`s much-loved illustrations and maps.- Gorgeous, all-new colour photography so you can imagine yourself there- Reasons to love... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • DK Eyewitness Top 10 Madeira
  • An unbeatable, pocket-sized guide to Madeira, packed with insider tips and ideas, colour maps, top 10 lists and a laminated pull-out map, all designed to help you see the very best of Madeira. Explore Madeira`s cultural highlights in Funchal, hike some of Europe`s best walking trails, sample Madeira wine in a 17th-century Franciscan friary,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Insight Guides Pocket Madeira
  • From the gorgeous capital of Funchal, to the wealth of hidden coves and beaches on the island, to the hiking trails of Pico do Arieiro, Madeira has much to tempt the visitor. Insight Pocket Guide Madeira is a concise, full-colour travel guide that combines lively text with vivid photography to highlight the best that this island has to... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Insight Guides Pocket Madeira
  • From the gorgeous capital of Funchal, to the wealth of hidden coves and beaches on the island, to the hiking trails of Pico do Arieiro, Madeira has much to tempt the visitor. Insight Pocket Guide Madeira is a concise, full-colour travel guide that combines lively text with vivid photography to highlight the best that this island has to... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • Costa Blanca
  • The Rother Walking Guide to Costa Blanca introduces 51 particularly interesting routes like walks onto Montgó, the Sierra de Aitana, Sierra de Bèrnia, Sierra Helada and Sierra de Orihuela and a selection of treks to explore and enjoy the cultural history and reveal culinary delights of this region. Every walk contains a fact-file of all the... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • Costa Blanca
  • For a long time the Costa Blanca has had a reputation for having the best chance of winter sun, the cheapest flights and the most reasonably priced accommodation. However, the 'white coast' has a lot more to offer than the simple beach holidays enjoyed by thousands of tourists every year. Not only the spectacular and varied mountains close to... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2014
  • Costa Blanca
  • For a long time the Costa Blanca has had a reputation for having the best chance of winter sun, the cheapest flights and the most reasonably priced accommodation. However, the 'white coast' has a lot more to offer than the simple beach holidays enjoyed by thousands of tourists every year. Not only the spectacular and varied mountains close to... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Island Interludes
  • "Romantic islands in the sun. Dreams of Sicily, Canary Islands, Malta, Cyprus, Madeira, and even further north to the distant Azores lying in the Atlantic Ocean. All of these I hungrily devoured from the pages of travel articles and over many years of looking at an atlas of the world. Everything seemed a distant dream until life had other... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Island Interludes
  • "Romantic islands in the sun. Dreams of Sicily, Canary Islands, Malta, Cyprus, Madeira, and even further north to the distant Azores lying in the Atlantic Ocean. All of these I hungrily devoured from the pages of travel articles and over many years of looking at an atlas of the world. Everything seemed a distant dream until life had other... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • DuMont direkt Reiseführer Madeira
  • Nicht nur geografisch ist Madeira zwischen Europa und Südamerika angesiedelt, in der Inselhauptstadt Funchal pulsiert das Leben im südlichen Takt. Mit den 15 »Direkt-Kapiteln« des Reiseführers von Susanne Lipps können Sie sich zwanglos unter die Madeirenser mischen, direkt in das Lebensgefühl auf der portugiesischen Atlantikinsel eintauchen,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • Madeira - Walk and Eat
  • This pocket-sized full-colour guide to walking in Madeira is designed for visitors who would like to combine some enticing walks with the best local cooking. Many of the walks are along the `levada` paths so beloved of visitors. Levadas are watercourses that carry rainfall from the mountains to irrigate the cultivated terraces. But even... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
  • Madeira
  • This guide is for visitors who would like to combine some walks with the best local cooking. Many of the walks are along the 'levada' paths - the watercourses so beloved of visitors. But everyone can take advantage of the restaurant recommendations - with photos of their decor and dishes, sample menus, price guides, openin Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2015
  • Madeira
  • This guide is for visitors who would like to combine some walks with the best local cooking. Many of the walks are along the 'levada' paths - the watercourses so beloved of visitors. But everyone can take advantage of the restaurant recommendations - with photos of their decor and dishes, sample menus, price guides, openin Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2019
  • Madeira Walk & Eat
  • Checked on the ground just two months before publication, the changes to this edition are considerable. There is a new walk to replace a permanently closed route, redesigned maps with waypoints, and a couple of new restaurants. This pocket-sized full-colour guide to walking in Madeira is designed for visitors who would like to combine some... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Calheta - Madeira 4
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ilhas Desertas South - Madeira - 12
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Curral das Freiras - Madeira 5
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Camacha (Ilha de Porto Santo) - Madeira 13
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Machico - Madeira 6
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Porto Santo (Ilha de Porto Santo) - Madeira 14
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Canical - Madeira 7
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Selvagem Pequena - Selvagem Grande - Madeira 15-16
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • E3 Arquipelago de Madeira
  • Plans included:Porto Santo (1:25 000)Porto de Recreio da Calheta (1:6250)Funchal (1:10 000)Água de Pena (1:5000)Porto de Machico (1:7500)Quinta do Lorde (1:5000)Ponta de São Lourenço (1:30 000)Enseada da Doca (Isla Deserta Grande) (1:25 000)Selvagem Grande (1:30 000)Selvagem Pequena (1:30 000)On this edition the chart specification has been... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Portugal - Madeira Michelin
  • The Michelin National road map of Portugal at 1:400,000 scale is ideal for route planning. The map gives comprehensive coverage of national road networks showing all major motorways, dual carriageways, national & regional main roads and some single-lane roads. Also shows unsurfaced roads and tracks and major footpaths. The map is divided by... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Camara de Lobos - Madeira 8
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Porto Moniz - Madeira 1
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Funchal - Madeira 9
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Sao Vicente - Madeira 2
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ilhas Desertas North - Madeira 10
  • Topographic survey of Portugal at 1:25,000 from the Instituto Geográfico do Exército, the country’s military survey organisation.Map legend and a glossary of terms used on the maps include English.To see all the titles in this series please click on the series link. Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Madeira: The Flower Island
  • A self-guided walking tour on the Portuguese island of Madeira. The flower-filled island of Madeira is full of contrasts; the colonial charm of the towns and villages, the rugged and dramatic coastal scenery, the explosion of colours of the local flora and fauna, its lush green interior and the levadas, the traditional irrigation channels which... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Madeira: The Sunny South West
  • A self-guided walking tour on the Portuguese island of Madeira. A walking adventure exploring the sunniest corner of Madeira, a great year-round walking destination and a nature lover’s paradise. An island of contrasts, explore the rugged coastline, lush interior and towns and villages of the ‘Flower’ island. Madeira’s levadas, a network of... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Madeira
  • Spectaculaire wandelvakantie met bagagevervoer over het subtropische eiland Madeira met bijzondere bloemenpracht en subtropische vegetatie. Wandelen in het bergland langs spectaculair aangelegde levada’s met dito uitzichten, maar ook de kust wordt niet vergeten. Kort bezoek aan fraai en levendig Funchal. Verblijf in prima hotels. Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Madeira wandelvakantie
  • Afwisselende wandelvakantie op het subtropische eiland Madeira in de Atlantische Oceaan, bekend om zijn bijzondere bloemenpracht. Wandelen door vulkanisch berglandschap met diepe kloven en hoge kliffen, waar boeren op kleine terrassen tegen steile hellingen hun akkers bewerken. Het eiland is toegankelijk gemaakt door, soms spectaculair... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Portugal - Madeira rondreis
  • Afwisselende rondreis over het subtropische eiland Madeira, bekend om zijn enorme bloemenpracht. Verken vanuit drie bijzondere accommodaties met een huurauto dit groene eiland. Wissel een ontspannen dag bij het zwembad van uw quinta af met een mooie wandeling langs de vaak spectaculair aangelegde levada's (irrigatiekanalen). Bezoek ook het... Read more
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