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Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Distance6.4km Vertical gain+431m Vertical drop-430m Duration2h50 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Machico

A hike at eastern end of Madeira in the only semi-desert environment of the island. Beautiful scenery on top of colourful cliffs, beautiful views of the sea and a way to escape.

Distance13.08km Vertical gain+1196m Vertical drop-1200m Duration6h35 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Calheta (Madeira)

It runs along the three very different Levadas, all interconnected by sloping paths. The route covers a varied landscape, crossing over diverse vegetation, and with beautiful views of the waterfalls. A hike whose direction and length can be adjusted depending on wishes or circumstances.
N.B. The displayed altitude difference is higher than reality (and consequently so is the average time for completion). Expect more in the realm of 600 metres in altitude.

La Levada do Norte and Folhadal forest
Distance5.33km Vertical gain+362m Vertical drop-353m Duration2h25 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in São Vicente (Madeira)

Madeira Island is filled with irrigation canals, the Levadas. This short hike takes you along the Levada do Norte, one of the most significant of the island, located in an elevated part of the island. You'll find stunning viewpoints along the way and go through a beautiful forest with various species.
N.B. The altitude displayed is most probably over estimated as the trail is relatively flat along the Levada following the contour line.

Distance5.38km Vertical gain+362m Vertical drop-358m Duration2h25 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Santana

Climb to the highest point of the island of Madeira, taking the easier route. Beautiful mountain scenery and a superb 360° panorama at the top.

Distance19.44km Vertical gain+2655m Vertical drop-2646m Duration11h55 Very difficult Very difficult
DepartureDeparture in São Vicente (Madeira) - Madeira

Climb to the highest point of the island of Madeira, and by the road less travelled. A long and demanding hike in diverse environments. Beautiful viewpoints on the route and, at the top, a beautiful 360° view.
N.B. Due to the steep crags of Madeira, the displayed altitude difference is overestimated and, therefore, so is the estimate of the time. Expect the elevation to be more in the order of 1,200 m in both directions.

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