Travel Guide Madeira Hiking routes
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Hiking in Madeira

With currently 565 hiking routes all around Madeira there are plenty of options for outdoor enthusiasts. In total 559 hikes and 6 Nature trails are waiting to be explored. We know it’s hard to pick one, so here’s an overview of some of the best hiking routes around Madeira.
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The best hiking routes in Madeira

Hiking route · Madeira

Canical tunnel to Porto da Cruz

12.5 km
2:25 h
351 m
578 m
A spectacular coastal walk between Machico and Porto da Cruz alongside the wild Atlantic Ocean.
from Heleen Bosch,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Madeira

Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio

15.5 km
3:55 h
320 m
128 m
A relaxing walk from Santo da Serra through the laurel forest of Ribeiro Frio and onto 'Balcoes', a stunning panoramic viewpoint. 
from Heleen Bosch,   Macs Adventure
12.6 km
5:15 h
2327 m
2327 m
A pleasant walk from Queimadas to Caldeirao Verde & Caldeirao Inferno through a jungle-like vegetation that belongs to UNESCO World Heritage. 
from Heleen Bosch,   Macs Adventure
12.9 km
6:27 h
1195 m
2291 m
Hiking done in May 11, 2018
from Fábio Santos,   Community
10.2 km
3:20 h
680 m
454 m
This unforgettable walk connects the highest peaks of the island: Pico Ruivo & Pico Arieiro, it's a walk onto the roof of Madeira.
from Heleen Bosch,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Madeira

Camacha to Santo da Serra

18.1 km
4:00 h
216 m
238 m
A leisurely walk from Camacha to the colourful Santo da Serra following ‘Levada dos Tornos’ through the countryside.
from Heleen Bosch,   Macs Adventure

Calheta - Levada das 25 Fontes & Risco

Calheta - Levada das 25 Fontes & Risco

São Lourenço

A very impressive hiking trail at the east end of Madeira island.

Vereda do Areeiro - Pico Ruivo

Vereda do Areeiro - Pico Ruivo (PR1)

Vereda dos Balcões

Ribeiro Frio, (Vereda dos Balcões (PR11) )

Ponta De São Lourenço -Ponta Do Furado Hike

A stunning hike heading around the most scenic parts of Ponta De São Lourenço/Ponta Do Furado, on the most eastern point of the island of Madeira.

Levada Do Moinho-Levada Nova circular

This is a scenic easy to follow levada walk with an ascent of less than 300 meters,it follows Levada Moinho to its source, then returns to Lambada via Levada Nova.

Ribeiro Frio to Portela

Tour made at December 07, 2017

JimS - Madeira lev. dos Piornais 22 Feb 2014

This 6.5 mile route uses the Levada dos Piornais which feeds down from the hills to the west side of Funchal. Hillside and urban walking. We used the bus to get to the start, route 24 at time of writing.

JimS - Madeira - Cancela to Garajau 21/02/2015

An urban walk to the coastal peninsular of Garajau. Using the Urban Buses to their limit and then a return walk of just over 2.6 miles.

JimS - Madeira Lev. dos Tornos 19 Feb 2014

This is one of the lower Levada Walks of Madeira and only 5 miles, one way. Easily reached and a guide is not required. Only one small straight of 20 yards or so where care is needed as it has a 30 foot drop on one side. There is a photo in the route showing where it is and what it looks like.

Monte Bom Sucesso Funchal

Walk 7 Monte Bom Sucesso Funchal from Shirley Whitehead's Madeira Walks published by Discovery Walking GuidesFrom: Shirley Whitehead's Madeira WalksAuthor: Shirley Whitehead

Vereda da Ponta São Lourenço

Vereda da Ponta São Lourenço (PR8)

Madeira_Paul do mar - Jardim do Mar

Roundtrip from Paul do Mar via Jardim do Mar back to Paul do Mar

JimS - Madeira Funchal Walk 21 Feb 2014

An interesting 4.5 mile walk around Funchal, taking in gardens and other interesting sights plus a walk up to Pico Fort for some great views over the city and bay.Updated 17/02/2015.

JimS - Madeira - Senhora Da Paz 20/02/2015

This walk from Monte up to the memorial at Senhora Da Paz is not a great distance but it is a good little climb. About one mile up and a climb of 1000 feet. Great views over Funchal.

JimS - Madeira Funchal Prom 23 Feb 2014

This 6.5 mile route along the prom at Funchal and beyond should have been easier but a connecting tunnel had been closed. Still a nice walk at the seaside.Updated 19/02/2015 when the tunnel was open. The route was left the same but pictures added at the diversion to show the tunnel.

Levada do Moinho - Levada Nova

Ponta de Sol, Lombada  (Levada do Moinho - Levada Nova)

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Auf dem Panoramawanderweg zum Pico Ruivo
Photo: Hartmut Wimmer, Outdooractive Editors
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