One of the most satisfying hikes in Madeira. Big views of dramatic cliffs and beach boulders being pounded by the raw Atlantic. Rounded coves like the Jurassic Coast in Dorset but this is volcanic rock. Butterflies & lizards as well as the dramatic topography.
One of the most satisfying hikes in Madeira. Big views of dramatic cliffs and beach boulders being pounded by the raw Atlantic. A bit more of a hike than “leisurely” but not difficult so long as dramatic heights and giddy overlooks aren’t a worry.
The rocks are dramatic volcanic with intriguing colours and patterns, exciting even if you aren’t on a geology field trip. Easy to assume that each layer relates to a separate volcanic event. Sharp rock so very rough on boot tread.
The levada routes are particular to Madeira, the hikes down in to the eroded canyons from the high points are dramatic, especially when you’re above the clouds. It’s only here you get the thunder of raw ocean surf as well as the colourful and dramtic topography. The two sides of the peninsular have quite different character.
Some amusing tourist footwear but I’ve seen similar on, say, the Snowdon Horseshoe path in Wales.
Difficult to find shade for snacks and picnic lunch. The shade that I did find revealed the lizards and attracted enough butterflies to reprise the pleasure of watching these graceful animals foraging and flirting. Lizards find crumbs of Madeira bolo miel-cana (dark brown cake) very acceptable.