Walking trails are still magical

Travel Article: After the floods: Madeira’s hotels and walking trails are still magical (Mail Online)

Madeira’s levadas have long been considered one of the world’s great walking pleasures. Covering more than 1,200 miles, these narrow waterways link the wetter north to the dry south, every yard mirrored by shaded paths. The big relief to me was that most of these routes remained intact.

My best guess is that around 10 per cent of paths are affected by fires. As for those dreadful February storms, Andrew Zino, who runs walks company Nature Meetings, told me: ‘Forget storm damage. Madeira hass made an amazing recovery.’

Traditional Trails

Saturday: Traditional Trails (Full Day)

Nature Meetings invites you to step back in time, when people and goods were transported by sea from the several small harbors around the island, before the existing road infrastructure.

Approximately 100 years ago, the farmers created a footpath along the North coast that was the only way for them to transport their local products to a small “handcrafted” harbor at Ponta de São Jorge (Ponta do Clérigo).

Our journey starts at “Ribeiro Funda” (469m), walking from Madeira’s famous Laurissilva Forest to the habitat of exotic plants along the coast.

After descending 300 meters, we arrive at Madeira’s hidden spot, the secret viewpoint of: Lapa Negra (reachable only on foot).

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Madeira Wunderbares Video (3)

Ein wunderbares Video Impressionen von der Insel Madeira (Teil 3). Im dritten Teil geht es um das Wasser auf der Insel Madeira. Bekannt sind die Wanderwege entlang der Levadas und vorbei an vielen Wasserfällen.
Gefilmt von Edgar Löhr mit 5D Mark II und editiert mit Premiere CS5.

Madeira Wunderbares Video (2)

Ein wunderbares Video Impressionen von der Insel Madeira (Teil 2). Gefilmt von Edgar Löhr mit 5D Mark II und editiert mit Premiere CS5. Viel Spaß beim Anschauen …

Madeira Wunderbares Video

Ein wunderbares Video Impressionen von der Insel Madeira. Gefilmt von Edgar Löhr mit 5D Mark II und editiert mit Premiere CS5. Viel Spaß beim Anschauen…

Technical Canyoning Madeira Island

What is Canyoning?

Canyoning is hiking, jumping, leaping, rappelling, abseiling, swimming and sliding down a usually wet slot canyon, with pools of water, running water, and/or waterfalls. Technical Canyoning in this case is associated with technical descents, such as those that require rappels (abseils) and rope-work, technical climbing or down-climbing, technical jumps, and/or technical swims.

The location for canyoning are often cut into the bedrock stone, forming narrow gorges with numerous drops, beautifully sculpted walls, and sometimes with spectacular waterfalls. The locations to perform this sport are sometimes easy or extremely difficult, though emphasis of this sport is based on aesthetics and fun rather than pure difficulty.

Video by Harmony in Nature