Best trails in Madeira, Portugal

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Trying to find the best Madeira trails? AllTrails has 130 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Calheta, Faial or Senhora do Rosário, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 66 moderate trails in Madeira ranging from 1.3 to 39.3 miles and from 0 to 5,390 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Madeira, Portugal
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#1 - Ponta de São Lourenço
Ponta de Sao Lourenco Special Conservation Zone
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
This is one of the better walks in Madeira. The extreme eastern tip of the island consists of a long, extensive peninsula called Ponta de São Lourenço. In the winter months this is overgrown with moss but in the summer everything is completely dry. The path has some steep climbs, especially the climb to the viewpoint after you have passed the Casa da Sardinha. But your effort is ultimately rewarded with a fantastic view of the Atlantic Ocean. The way back takes almost the same path and takes about the same amount of time.Show more
#2 - Pico do Arieiro - Pico Ruivo
Parque Natural da Madeira
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 4 h 41 m
This trail takes place in the immense and magnificent mountains of Madeira. Along the way you can enjoy the wonderful landscapes composed by the formidable rock formations, sometimes covered by the clouds and the villages that can be seen in the distance. Stop once in a while and feel the great feeling to be closer to the sky. Also in this journey you can visit the three highest peaks of Madeira: Pico do Arieiro, Pico das Torres and Pico Ruivo. This is a mountain trail so it requires some physical preparation and endurance for hikers, who are faced with many ups and downs. However, the effort required is offset by extraordinary views that the walk provides. Once at Pico Ruivo you can relax, have a snack or visit the shelter. Finally, be sure to go to the top of the peak and elate with the landscape and breathtaking views of the peaks and villages. In sunny days, you may have a 360 degree view of the island with its main points highlighted: Curral das Freiras, Porto Santo, Desertas, Ponta de São Lourenço and others.Show more
#3 - Levada do Caldeirão Verde
Faial, Madeira, Portugal
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 5 h 45 m
Note: The elevation gain for the trail is deceiving. The trail goes through several tunnels that avoid big elevation gains therefore, the elevation gain via hiking/walking the trail is much less than 4,000 feet.Show more
#4 - Vereda do Pico Ruivo
Santana, Madeira, Portugal
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
The Pico Ruivo is Madeira's highest point at approximately 6,200 feet, a perfect destination for hiking as it's only accessible by foot. Show more
#5 - Las Levadas de Rabaçal
Parque Natural da Madeira
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Length: 8.0 mi • Est. 4 h 12 m
Note: As of February 2021, users reported that the Rabaçal tunnel is currently CLOSED. The Levada das 25 Fontes is a beautiful walk full of green and water. The trail is narrow, with some slippery and steep paths. This trail is quite popular, so it is advisable to come early to avoid most of the crowd.Show more
#6 - Levada do Caniçal - Vereda do Larano
Machico, Madeira, Portugal
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Length: 14.9 mi • Est. 10 h 18 m
The path begins in a small bar with no parking. Along small levadas, you will cross fields to the cliff, which will then head west. The cliff path is very beautiful. The trail is sometimes narrow, but it is not dangerous and offers a very pleasant view of the coast. It ends in a small cable car that was once built to cultivate fields on the coast. It continues on small trails through rural villages to Porto da Crux. Here you should definitely visit the sugar cane factory and on the beach there is again a delicious poncha.Show more
#7 - Monte to Camacha via Levada dos Tornos
Monte, Madeira, Portugal
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 6 h 10 m
This route first tours the botanic gardens in Monte and they journeys along the Levada dos Tornos to Camacha.Show more
#8 - Miradouro do Ninho da Manta, Pico do Gato e Pico Ruivo
Parque Natural da Madeira
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 49 m
#9 - Pico Grande
Parque Natural da Madeira
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 51 m
The Pico Grande is one of the peaks that surround the valley of Curral das Freiras. The Pico Grande culminates at 1,654 m. The path is not very clear going back from Pico Jorge so it is recommended you go with someone that knows the trail. You must hold on to metal wire at the summit.Show more
#10 - Levada do Furado, Ribeiro Frio e Balcões
Porto da Cruz, Madeira, Portugal
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 56 m
An excellent walk starting on the trout Levada then climbing onto the plateauxShow more
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