Self Guided walks

Madeira is well known for its walking facilities, and we noticed that more and more visitors to Madeira are walking on their own by using various information they find in books. Unfortunately, books are published in large quantities and are not regular updated with changes due to landslides and maintenance issues. Secondly, these books are translated from 1 standard language. This is causing serious problems on Madeira. Continue reading “Self Guided walks”

Chemins Traditionnels

Samedi: Chemins Traditionnels (journée complète)

Nature Meetings vous invite à faire un pas en arrière dans le temps, à l’époque où les personnes et les biens étaient transportés par mer, grâce à des petits quais qui existent tout autour de l’île, avant que l’infrastructure routière n’existe.

Il y a environ 100 ans, les agriculteurs ont créé un chemin pédestre tout le long de la côte Nord. C’était la seule façon de pouvoir transporter leurs produits locaux jusqu’au petit quai artisanale de Ponta de São Jorge (Ponta do Clérigo).

Notre voyage commence à “Ribeiro Funda” (469m), traversant la Foret de Laurissilva si particulière à Madère jusqu’à la côte riche en plantes exotiques.

Après avoir descendu 300 mètres, nous arrivons au point caché de Madère, le point de vue secret de : Lapa Negra (atteignable seulement à pied).

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Traditionele Paden

Zaterdag: Traditionele Paden (Hele dag)

Nature Meetings nodigt u uit om terug te gaan in de tijd, toen mensen en goederen overzee getransporteerd werden vanaf verschillende kleine havens rondom het eiland, voordat de bestaande wegeninfrastructuur bestond

Ongeveer 100 jaar geleden ontwikkelden de boeren een voetpad langs de noordkust, dat voor hen de enige manier was om hun lokale producten naar een kleine handmatig gevormde haven bij Ponta de São Jorge (Ponta do Clérigo).

Onze reis begint bij “Ribeiro Funda” (469m), wandelend langs Madeira’s beroemde Laurissilva-bos en exotische planten.

Na een afdaling van 300 meter, arriveren we bij Madeira’s verborgen plek, het geheime uitzichtspunt van Lapa Negra (alleen per voet bereikbaar).

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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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Gekwalificeerde wandel- en berggidsen

Madeira is voor iedere natuurliefhebber een paradijs voor het maken van voettochten. Om zeker te zijn dat u plezierige tocht zult hebben, raden wij u ten sterkste aan dat u op pad gaat met een gekwalificeerde wandelgids. Uw veiligheid is van grootste belang en u verdient op dit aspect de grootst mogelijke service. Om dat doel te bereiken gebruiken we gekwalificeerde berg- en wandelgidsen.

Het is voor de hand liggend dat uw veiligheid al vóór de wandeling begint. Het is cruciaal dat iedereen goed is voorbereid op de risico’s die hem of haar te wachten staan. Het maken van tochten langs en op de levada’s routes van Madeira, evenals de overige wandelingen in de natuur, hebben hun risico’s. Daarom raden wij bijvoorbeeld aan iedere wandelaar dat ze kleding dragen, dat bestaat uit laagjes (wat makkelijk maakt om snel aan- en uit te trekken) en indien mogelijk ook “waterproof”. Verder ook het advies om zonnecrème te gebruiken, voldoende water mee te nemen, een zaklantaarn enz.

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Groups on Madeira

We can look back to a successful last year 2009. Not only did we experienced an increase of the total participants for our daily Nature / Levada walks here on Madeira, but we have also seen an increase of groups from various countries such as: England, Germany, France, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Italy.

For our daily walks we receive participants from all over Europe, and together with our (bilingual) guides are we pleased to share the passion for the nature with them. Thanks to the participant’s enthusiasm and motivation we experience great fun each time we walk the Levada´s of Madeira with them.

Walking with groups is sharing the joy of nature.

When a group or organization contacts us (regardless the nationality) we start designing a special program according to the needs of the group. We first discuss with the group leader and all the participants the following items:

  • Type of accommodation plus wishes;
  • Location;
  • Dates and Times;
  • A program to ensure that all the wishes from the group are met.

During this process we are in continuous contact with each other to build together the best program.

Each time when we welcome groups to Madeira Island, it becomes a new challenge for us. Each group has its own designed / tailor-made program. Groups can stay in various kind of accommodations, from local Residences to 5-star hotels. Nature Meetings will prepare a program, before the group confirms their visit to Madeira, of which we are confident it will guarantee an enjoyable time.

Groups are not only from various countries, but also from organizations, such as: walking groups, Sport organization, Associations (Bridge, Dancing, Yoga etc), local/private business, national institutions, schools, media, family/friends, etc.

Whatever the background and needs are, it is always a great pleasure for us to design, arrange and carry out groups programs on Madeira.

Together with all our partner Agencies, Tour Operators and the local authorities on Madeira, are we looking forward to another successful year 2010 in which we (again) will share our passion with all the visitors to this beautiful Island of Madeira.

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Madeira is back to normal

The torrential rain on Madeira caused floods and mudslides on several locations on the Island on the 20th of February. However with the impressive effort from the entire Madeirense population and international help, Madeira returned to be again an attractive travel destination.

The airport, that was not affected except it was closed on the day of the floods, is fully operational and all the main roads are now open to the public. Unfortunately there are still some locations that are isolated (Tabua, Serra da Agua and Encumeada), therefore we advice everyone to make first inquiries before traveling towards these areas.

Many footpaths on Madeira had problems with fallen trees and landslides; however the majority of these walks are now repaired and accessible to the public.

Nature Meetings daily walking program is now fully operational, with the exception of the full day walk on Sunday: “Slopes and Valleys of Calheta” and Wednesday: “Laurisilva Landscapes”. The Full day walk on Sunday has been removed from our program and we only offer our half day Levada walk: “Amazing Vistas”. The full day Levada walk on Wednesday is replaced with a Laurisilva Levada walk from Santo da Serra to Portela (this is temporarily, as the original walk from Ribeiro Frio to Portela should be open in May 2010).

We advice all walkers on Madeira prepare themselves for the walk they intent to do, as there can be obstacles on the walking paths, and be aware that it can be slippery as it requires some time to dry out.

In particular, it is crucial that people don’t do a Levada walk on their own!! There might be unexpected situations that can result in a premature end of your holiday her on Madeira. Therefore we (including the authorities on Madeira) strongly suggest to make use of the services of a walk guide through the various qualified walking organization.

Nature Meetings Supports Haiti

Haiti Earthquake

On January 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. With these tragic events in Haiti, the guides at Nature Meetings decided to donate all the money that they received during the Madeira Walking Festival to the International Red Cross. As this gesture is very much appreciated, the management of Nature Meetings decided to triple the amount donated by the guides.

Others around the world are joining efforts to assist the earthquake victims. Your donation can help disaster victims rebuild their lives and their communities.