This book describes a varied selection of 60 walks to suit all abilities, covering the whole of Madeira and Porto Santo, as well as a cruise to the Ilhas Desertas. The routes explore the dramatic cliff coastline, wander along level levada paths, penetrate dense laurisilva forests and traverse stone-paved paths from peak to peak in the high mountains. Most of the walks on the island are linear, and most of them start and finish on bus routes. The steep and rugged mountainsides of Madeira do not easily support ...
This book describes a varied selection of 60 walks to suit all abilities, covering the whole of Madeira and Porto Santo, as well as a cruise to the Ilhas Desertas. The routes explore the dramatic cliff coastline, wander along level levada paths, penetrate dense laurisilva forests and traverse stone-paved paths from peak to peak in the high mountains. Most of the walks on the island are linear, and most of them start and finish on bus routes. The steep and rugged mountainsides of Madeira do not easily support circular walks. The guide offers a comprehensive introduction to Madeira and Porto Santo in 7 sections, lavishly illustrated with photographs and contoured maps, showing options for linking routes for longer treks, and almost 800km (500 miles) of walking on a variety of terrains.
Paddy Dillon is a guidebook writer, with over 40 books to his name, and contributions to 25 more. He has written for a number of outdoor magazines and appeared on radio and television. Paddy has visited Madeira several times over the years, exploring extensively and enjoying the vast variety of walking routes and landscape types around the islands.
Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 60 guidebooks to his name, as well as more than a dozen booklets and brochures. He writes for outdoor magazines and other publications, as well as for tourism organisations. Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. He enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. While researching routes, Paddy works directly onto a tablet, so that his descriptions are precise, having been written at the very point at which the reader uses them. He takes his own photographs, has appeared on radio and TV, and is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.
Contents Preface to the second edition Introduction Location Geology History Landscape Trees and Flowers Birds Animals Parque Natural da Madeira Funchal and Monte Practicalities Getting to Madeira Getting around Madeira Accommodation Currency Language Food and Drink Weather Tourist Information Health Issues Emergencies Porto Santo Maps of Madeira Using this Guide Making Multi-day Trips SECTION 1 Eastern Madeira 1 Levada dos Tornos: Monte to Camacha 2 Levada dos Tornos: Camacha to Quatro Estradas 3 Levada da Serra: Campo do Pomar to Camacha 4 Levada da Serra: Camacha to Santo da Serra 5 Levada Nova: Quatro Estradas to Santo da Serra 6 Baia d'Abra and Ponta de So Loureno 7 Levada do Canial: Maroos to Canial 8 Levada da Portela: Santo da Serra to Portela 9 Vereda das Funduras: Portela to Maroos 10 North Coast: Porto da Cruz to Ribeira Seca SECTION 2 Funchal to Santana 11 Vereda da Penha d'águia 12 Levada do Furado: Portela to Ribeiro Frio 13 Caminho Velha: Poiso to Porto da Cruz 14 Faj da Nogueira and Levada da Serra 15 Caminho Velha: Poiso to Santana 16 Levada do Barreiro: Poo da Neve to Monte 17 Levada da Negra: Poo da Neve to Barreira 18 Levada do Curral: Curral das Freiras to Funchal 19 Levada dos Piornais: Lombada to Funchal SECTION 3 The High Mountains 20 Boca da Encumeada to Achada do Teixeira 21 Boca da Encumeada to Curral das Freiras 22 Pico do Cedro and Pico do Areeiro 23 Pico do Areeiro to Pico Ruivo 24 Pico Ruivo, Vale da Lapa and Ilha 25 Pico Ruivo, Queimadas and Santana 26 Levada do Caldeiro Verde from Pico das Pedras 27 Levada do Rei from Quebradas 28 Santana, Calhau and So Jorge 29 Boca da Encumeada and Pico Grande 30 Colmeal and Pico Grande 31 Curral das Freiras to Boaventura 32 Boca da Encumeada to Colmeal SECTION 4 Jardim da Serra 33 Boca da Encumeada to Marco e Fonte 34 Boca da Corrida and Curral das Freiras 35 Boca dos Namorados and Curral das Freiras 36 Marco e Fonte to Fontes 37 Terreiros from Boca da Corrida 38 Crista do Espigo from Fontes 39 Levada do Norte: Serra de água to Boa Morte 40 Levada do Norte: Boa Morte to Estreito de Câmara de Lobos SECTION 5 Pal da Serra 41 Pico Ruivo do Pal da Serra from Pico da Urze 42 Rabaal, Levada do Risco and 25 Fontes 43 Levada do Pal: Rabaal to Cristo Rei 44 Levada das Rabaas: Cristo Rei to Boca da Encumeada 45 Caminho do Pináculo e Folhadal 46 Levada dos Cedros: Fanal to Ribeira da Janela 47 Levada da Janela: Fonte do Bispo to Porto Moniz SECTION 6 Western Madeira 48 Ponta do Pargo to Fonte do Bispo 49 Levada do Moinho: Tornadouro to Ribeira da Cruz 50 Levada Calheta/Ponta do Pargo to Ponta do Pargo 51 Levada Calheta/Ponta do Pargo to Prazéres 52 Caminho Real: Prazéres to Pal do Mar 53 Levada Calheta/Ponta do Pargo to Lombo dos Faias 54 Levada Calheta/Ponta do Pargo to Ponta do Sol 55 Levada Nova and Levada do Moinho from Ponta do Sol 56 Levada Nova: Jango to Ribeira Brava 57 Lombo do Mouro to Ribeira Brava SECTION 7 Porto Santo 58 Pico do Castelo, Pico do Facho and Pico Branco 59 Campo de Baixo, Bárbara Gomes and Eiras 60 Ponta, Pico de Ana Ferreira, Espigo and Calheta Cruise to the Ilhas Desertas Appendix 1 Quick reference guide to routes Appendix 2 Language Notes Appendix 3 Useful Contacts