Hiking in Madeira


The trekking It is one of the most practiced outdoor activities in recent years, especially by nature lovers. In fact, there are already many people who organize their vacations based on this, choosing a destination where they can practice it but also have an interesting tourist offer to combine exercise with rest, culture or anything else you are looking for on your vacation.

One of the best places to get all of the above is Madeira, a Portuguese island that has spectacular beauty that you can discover while hiking. In addition, there are also beaches and plenty of sights. It belongs to an archipelago of the same name that has 2 inhabited islands (Madeira and Porto Santo) and three others where there are no inhabitants and which are known as Desertas Islands. A place where you will find a cinema landscape with great cliffs, spectacular beaches and beautiful mountains.


It is for all this that hiking is one of the main tourist offers in Madeira, with several routes designed for all types of hikers. The best of them is the one that unites the two highest peaks of the island, Pico Arieiro and Pico Ruivo, a route that is also paved and that is not very long although it is a bit complicated since it has many ups and downs. The effort is worth it since the panoramic view throughout the route is truly spectacular.


This route is recommended to be done early since when the afternoon approaches both peaks are covered with clouds and you will not be able to enjoy all the splendor of the views. Are some 20 kilometers of routeAlthough you can make it shorter if you decide to only climb the last summit, which will be only 7 kilometers on a cobblestone road with a 300-meter drop, so it is not very hard. In Madeira you will find more than 2,500 kilometers of trails and canals, all of them very well signposted so you will not have a loss.

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