Madeira is a Portuguese group of islands located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 800km from the continental Europe. It was formed after a volcanic eruption and turned into a mountain massif that ends abruptly in the ocean from the Pico Ruivo, the highest peak with 1,892m.
Mountains above de clouds, deep forests, waterfalls, cliffs and many endemic species make this island a natural paradise in the middle of the ocean. An ideal place to enjoy nature and trekking.
The levadas, old conducts used to carry water across the whole island, are nowadays used as the hiking trails for people who loves enjoying nature. There are many different of them and they are very easy to follow.
One of the highlights of the island are the cliffs and rock formations of Punta de San Lorenzo, located in the south coast next to Caniçal. Very windy place!
The town of Curral das Freiras is located in the Nun’s Valley, called that way because in the past, the nuns form the Funchal convent took it as a refugee during the war. It’s a beautiful valleys surrounded my mountains.
Beautiful place worth visiting and quite easy to reach from the Iberian Peninsula.
How to get to Madeira: There is an international airport in Funchal, the largest city of Madeira. You can fly there from several cities in Europe, being Portugal the main incoming port.
Where to stay in Madeira: The accommodation is similar to what you can expect in the continental Portugal, with a good variety of hotels, hostels and guesthouses. Better to book in advance if you are planning to go in the peak season.
How to move around Madeira: You can use bus or taxi but probably the best is to rent a car once you arrive to Funchal.
What to do in Madeira: Trekking is the main activity and you can also do diving, paragliding, whale and dolphin watching or go canyoning for an adrenaline shot!
More information at the official tourism page.
Credit: Photos by James McLaren, Roque Gutiérrez, Rafael Fresno and Boris Krielen.