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
2017
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2013
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
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
  • Madeira: Car Tours and Walks
  • Pocket-sized full-colour guides describing car tours, walks and countryside picnics - all illustrated with photographs and large-scale maps. Dubbed the ‘blue Bibles‘ by the Sunday Times, the series aims to get visitors away from the crowded tourist centres and out into the countryside, by car or on foot.• Sunflower`s best-selling guide, the... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • DuMont Reise-Taschenbuch Madeira
  • Über das Buch Madeira berauscht alle Sinne, und mit ihren Lieblingsorten und Touren bringt Autorin Susanne Lipps die ›Blumeninsel‹ nahe: Wanderer und Mountainbiker zieht es in geheimnisvollen Lorbeer-Dschungel und auf Pfade entlang wilder Felsküsten und schroffer Schluchten zu schwindelerregenden Aussichtspunkten. Selbst Sportmuffel kriegen... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Madeira Walks: Leisure Trails: Volume 1
  • 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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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Madeira Walks
  • 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
Bol.com
Belgium
  • Madeira Walks
  • 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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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Snakes Alive
  • Mike Gerrard's travel writing has won awards in the UK and USA, and been published in The Times, Time Out, The Washington Post, Wanderlust, The Independent on Sunday, The Express, The Sydney Sun-Herald, The Guardian, and many other publications.In this collection of his travel writing, his award-winning pieces about eating snake in China,... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Snakes Alive
  • Mike Gerrard's travel writing has won awards in the UK and USA, and been published in The Times, Time Out, The Washington Post, Wanderlust, The Independent on Sunday, The Express, The Sydney Sun-Herald, The Guardian, and many other publications.In this collection of his travel writing, his award-winning pieces about eating snake in China,... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Canary Islands Travel Guide
  • The Canary Islands (Spanish: Islas Canarias) are an Atlantic territory of Spain on the west coast of Africa, near to Morocco, Cape Verde and the archipelagos of the Azores Islands and Madeira Islands.Gran Canaria — The largest island by population, its capital city (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) has the shared title of capital of the Canaries.... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Canary Islands Travel Guide
  • The Canary Islands (Spanish: Islas Canarias) are an Atlantic territory of Spain on the west coast of Africa, near to Morocco, Cape Verde and the archipelagos of the Azores Islands and Madeira Islands.Gran Canaria — The largest island by population, its capital city (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) has the shared title of capital of the Canaries.... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Wat & Hoe Stad & Streek Madeira | Kosmos
  • Wat & Hoe stad en streek Madeira is de reisgids voor een actieve en culturele vakantie. Deze gids bevat uitgebreide plattegronden, kaarten en verrassende wandeltochten. De gids is erg praktisch in gebruik door de duidelijke indeling op kleur. Het Portugese eiland Madeira is gezegend met een mild klimaat, waardoor je er in ieder seizoen een... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Madeira Tour & Trail Map
  • New 2015 8th Edition of our Madeira Tour & Trail Map is available in Super-Durable & Paper versions. Our large 1:40,000 scale, combined with splitting the island into East and West with a generous overlap, produces double sided map whose total size is 840mm by 600mm and folds to 235mm by 120mm. You get the most detailed map of Madeira that is... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Madeira Tour & Trail Map
  • New 2015 8th Edition of our Madeira Tour & Trail Map is available in Super-Durable & Paper versions. Our large 1:40,000 scale, combined with splitting the island into East and West with a generous overlap, produces double sided map whose total size is 840mm by 600mm and folds to 235mm by 120mm. You get the most detailed map of Madeira that is... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
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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Maps

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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Santana - Madeira 3
  • 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 Central - Madeira -11
  • 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
  • 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
  • Madeira Kompass 234
  • Madeira on a detailed, contoured, GPS compatible map at 1;50,000 from Kompass highlighting hiking routes, graded according to the degree of difficulty, and other places of interest, with a street plan of central Funchal.The map has contours at 50m intervals, enhanced by shading and graphic relief, with colouring for woodlands and vineyards,... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS Wanderkarte Madeira
  • Die 4in1 Wanderkarte ist jetzt noch übersichtlicher und besser lesbar. Die Wanderkarten aus den Top-Wanderregionen sind mit einer zusätzlichen Karte im Detailmaßstab ausgestattet. Der Aktiv Guide informiert Sie rund um das Thema Outdoor und die kostenlose App für unterwegs gibt es auch noch dazu. Das bildet die perfekte Grundlage für die... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Madeira F&B
  • Madeira on a large, indexed, touring and sightseeing map from Freytag & Berndt at 1:40,000 with prominent highlighting for scenic roads, hiking routes, picturesque locations and places of interest, plus a street plan of central Funchal and a booklet with descriptions of best sights, etc. Place names and road numbers are in larger size font than... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart - Wegenkaart - landkaart Madeira | Freytag & Berndt
  • Madeira on a large, indexed, touring and sightseeing map from Freytag & Berndt at 1:40,000 with prominent highlighting for scenic roads, hiking routes, picturesque locations and places of interest, plus a street plan of central Funchal and a booklet with descriptions of best sights, etc. Place names and road numbers are in larger size font than... Read more
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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
2012
  • Madeira K+F Outdoor Map
  • Madeira at 1:40,000 on a contoured, GPS compatible outdoor map from Kümmerly + Frey printed on sturdy waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. The map is double-sided on a more convenient size sheet and includes a street plan of central Funchal, plus coverage of the nearby Islas Desertas and Porto Santo at 1;70,000.The map divides Madeira... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelkaart Madeira - Funchal - Porto Santo | Kümmerly & Frey
  • Hele goede wandelkaart met alle noodzakelijke topografische details van Madeira met ingetekende routes. De kaart is geplastificeerd, met kleine plattegrond van Funchal. Madeira at 1:40.000 on a contoured, GPS compatible outdoor map from Kümmerly + Frey printed on sturdy waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. The map is double-sided on a... 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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