Landscapes of Madeira
Car tours, walks, picnics
by Underwood, John; Underwood, Pat
Publisher: Sunflower Books
Series: The Landscape Series
Author: Underwood, John; Underwood, Pat
Format: Paperback, 144pp, 210 x 100mm
THE guide to Madeira for more than 25 years and a winner of the Thomas Cook Best Travel Guide Award. It really is indispensible if you want to explore the best of the island. This new 11th edition has been fully updated to reflect the many changes that have occurred since the previous edition was published. In particular changes necessitated by the the storm and fire damage that occurred in 2010 and 2011 have been taken into account in the updating of routes. The Sunday Times said: 'A remarkable paperback which may have done more than any other to change the way its readers spend their holidays: this book single-handedly turned levada-walking into something approaching a craze.'
While dedicated hikers will revel in the island's mountainous terrain, walking the 'levada' paths is one of the most popular activities with visitors. Levadas are watercourses that carry rainfall from the mountains to irrigate the cultivated terraces. These watercourses and their adjoining maintenance paths extend for an incredible 2150km/1350mi or more, but even more fascinating is their great variety. The older levadas, built centuries ago, are narrow and plummet steeply downhill from mountainside springs - really challenging walking. Their banks are covered with wild flowers, and the water rushes and foams with energy. The newer levadas are wide 'mini-canals' and run horizontally along the island's contours - ideal for easy walks. Their flow is stately and serene, and their banks are lovingly planted with agapanthus lilies and hydrangeas.
Best time to walk: Walking on Madeira is superb all year round.
Where to Stay: If you plan to use the local buses, stay in Funchal for ease of access to the entire island. But if you plan to hire a car, you have a much wider choice, including some good hotels in inland villages and in the mountains.
6 car tours, 100 long and short walks, 27 picnic suggestions, Plan of Funchal 144 pages + touring map
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