Bergverlag Rother GmbH Madeira Walking Guide

The finest levada and mountain walks - 60 walks; Author: Rolf Goetz (Translation: Gill Round)
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The Rother Madeira Walking Guide includes the finest levada and 60 walks around the island and includes GPS information. Folllow the Ponta do Pargo circular walk, or the Levada de Faja do Rodrigues, explore the Tabua valley, or walk over the Pico do Facho to Canical with this guide which decribes each walk in detail, grading the walks for difficulty and giving an approximate walking time.  Each walk is accompanied by a map and height profile.

Levada hiking is unique to Maderia, and routes lead through fertile land, artistic terraces , pass cascades and through valleys and ravines.  A sophisticated network of narrow irrigation canals runs across the entire island. The maintenance paths installed next to canal trenches allow the convenient discovery of Madeira without great altitude all the way to the most remote corners. 

 

Around half of the tours introduced in this guide are Levada excursions. They lead through fertile land cultivating sugar cane, bananas, vine and exotic fruit, past artistic terraces modelled into the island’s rugged topography, which awaken associations of Bali or the Philippines. Rushing cascades and impressive ravines are found equally by the wayside as are rough, declining cliffs and marshy high-moor bogs. The still natural valley to the north of the island offers a sumptuous evergreen subtropical vegetation comprising fern meadows, lauraceae forests and heather shrubs that convey the feeling of walking through an emerald green tunnel.

With all the fascination for the Levada paths it should not be forgotten that the volcano island also is a fabulous territory for mountaineers. The nearly 1900m high central massive holds routes for all demands. Very alpine is the triple summit tour from the Arieiro over the Torres to the Pico Ruivo. The stretch, which has been spectacularly chiselled into the rock, can justifiably be considered the tour of kings. Next to various shepherd paths and adventurous coastal ascents there are so-called veredas, i.e. old paths linking villages, which used to be the sole access to remote locations until a few decades ago only, crossing valleys deep and mountains high. A typical feature are the rounded steps of the paved paths -lovingly called ox hoof plaster by local Madeirans.

Product Details
PublisherBergverlag Rother GmbH
SeriesRother Walking Guides
Product TypePaperback
Scale60 maps in 1:25,000/1:50,000, 1 overview map in 1:250,000
Pages216 pp
Dimensions165x115mm
LanguageEnglish
Date2018

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