Madeira: The Sunny South West

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 traditional irrigation channels, make for fantastic walking routes taking you to spectacular viewpoints.

As well as exploring Funchal, take easy-going walks to the Risco waterfall and Pont do Pargo, the most westerly point of the island, before finishing in the coastal village of Jardim do Mar.
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Viewing format
Difficulty
Distance 10.4 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 507 m
Descent 701 m

A nice walk with good views which is rather exposed in some sections and includes a walk through a 75m tunnel. The descent to Ribeira Brava is very ...

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from Laura Paterson,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Difficulty
Distance 11.7 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 1,242 m
Descent 1,242 m

 A steep ascent before following the Levada

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from Laura Paterson,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Difficulty
Distance 10 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 287 m
Descent 567 m

A mainly easy and enjoyable walk in beautiful surroundings. Some exposed areas.

from Laura Paterson,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail
Walk to Prazeres
Difficulty
Distance 12.5 km
Duration 4:10 h
Ascent 514 m
Descent 544 m

Walk on mostly easy terrain on forests paths, concrete paths or hard packed earth. There are several crossings of river tributaries.

from Laura Paterson,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Difficulty
Distance 12.2 km
Duration 4:45 h
Ascent 840 m
Descent 816 m

A combination of paved roads and grassy or earth paths following the levada. Includes an optional descent to the beach.

from Laura Paterson,   Macs Adventure Ltd