The first word that walkers might learn in Potuguese is 'Levada'. Levada walking is unique to Madeira. Narrow irrigation channels cover the whole of the island in a cleverly devised network. Without too much change in altitude, you can discover some of the remotest corners of Madeira on these maintenance paths beside the channels. A good half of the walks in this guide are Levada walks.
With all the fascination of the Levada paths, it should not be forgotten that this volcanic island is an excellent area for mountain hikers. The almost 1900 metre high central massif has walks for everyone. The three summit walk from Ariero over the Torres up to Pico Ruivo seems decidedly Alpine in nature. In short, Madeira has something for everyone, and a successful walking holiday is assisted by the all-year-round mild climate which helps to make the island a paradise for those interested in the flora and fauna.
50 selected valley and mountain walks.