Hiking or trekking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Madeira, all year round.
This island of volcanic origin offers unforgettable walking tours in the Laurissilva Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with seductive views through a network of Veredas and “Levadas” (water channels) covering an area of around 2000 km in length.
The tours that follow are an excellent opportunity to enjoy the best views of the island:
Balcões Lookout point (PR 11)
This small, easy trail starts on the E.R. 103 Regional Road, in Ribeiro Frio and lasts about 1:30 hours (1.5 km).
Walk along part of Levada da Serra do Faial and listen to the flow of water and the chirping of finches (Fringilla coelebs maderensis). Be dazzled by the beautiful green serenity of the forest, contrasting with the blue shades of the sky. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and feel the clear scent of the surrounding nature with laurels (Laurus novocanariensis). At the end, the trail opens in a panoramic view over the striking valley of Ribeira da Metade and Faial, covered by a lush forest. Unmissable!
Lagoon of 25 Fontes (PR 6)
This tour starts on the regional road of Calheta (E.R.110), more precisely in the shelter house of Rabaçal. It has a duration of 3 hours (4.6 Km) and degree of intermediate difficulty. Walk through the exclusive laurissilva forest and admire this dreamy Lagoon. When looking up you will see a green, mossy and tall, semicircular rock where about 25 jets of water flow. Feel the sweet melodies of this place. Cool in the silence of its fresh and limpid waters
Cais do Sardinha (PR 8)
This beautiful trail starts at Baía d ‘Abra, Caniçal, and runs along the easternmost peninsula of Madeira, Ponta de S. Lourenço. It is about 2:30 hours walking (4 km), with intermediate degree of difficulty. It has some ups and downs, along with fantastic views, where the arid and deserted landscapes contrast with the blue sea.
Be dazzled by the geology of this place, rich in basalt, and its curious formations of limestone sediments. Listen to the gulls (Larus cachinnans atlantis), the ciarra (Calonectris diomedea) and meet the island’s only terrestrial reptile, the lizard (Lacerta dugesii).
At the end of the walk, swim in the crystal clear waters of Cais da “Sardinha”, the family name of its former owners.
What a lovely place!
Miradouro do Pico Ruivo (PR 1.2)
It is the highest point in Madeira and the third highest in Portugal. It is located at 1861 meters of altitude and one of the rails, to get there, has a duration of 1h 30 (2.8 km), of intermediate difficulty, starting at Achada do Teixeira. This climb involves several steps, and passes next to a shelter that gives access to other 3 rails, namely the Pico Areeiro Trail. Find yourself surrounded by a sea of clouds, a heavenly blue sky and the sea in the distance. Once you reach the top, you will feel the magic of its breathtaking 360 ° C views over the island’s central mountainous massif, Pico das Torres and Pico do Areeiro. On days of good visibility, you can glimpse Ponta de S. Lourenço, Curral das Freiras, Porto Santo and even the Desertas Islands. One of the most memorable hours to visit Pico Ruivo is at sunrise, since here the sun shines stronger and closer to us…
In order to guarantee and ensure the safety of hikers, we recommend that you have a mountain guided tour organised by a Tourism company.
Come walk in Nature!!!