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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Hiking route · Portugal
Walk in the Tabua Valley
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 ...

from Laura Paterson,   Macs Adventure
Hiking route · Portugal
Walk Levada do Moinho
Distance 11.7 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 1,242 m
Descent 1,242 m

 A steep ascent before following the Levada

from Laura Paterson,   Macs Adventure
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
Hiking route · Portugal
Walk to Prazeres
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
Hiking route · Portugal
Loop Walk from Ponta do Pargo
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