Levada Walks; only for the fit, young and adventurous???
As you approach Madeira by air or sea, you may look at the mountainous terrain and conclude that walking the island is perhaps only for the fit, young and adventurous. Well, we tell you that this is not so!
You really have not seen Madeira if you haven't experienced the wondrous and thrilling landscapes of the island. To do so, there is a network of paths that can be only trails (vereda) or a footpath alongside a watercourse (levada).
And trails are all so accessible, so easy to find and often effortless to walk. So either you prefer walking, hiking or trekking, you just have to choose and explore these paths around our island, invariably filled with a thrilling sense of adventure and unforgettable beauty. You’ll meet residents and other tourists along the way, as this is definitely one of the most popular outdoor activities on the island throughout the year.
If you are looking for hotels that are close to walking routes you may find these helpful:
Eira do Serrado - High in the mountains, this is a perfect base for a walking holiday.
Quinta do Monte - A superb manor house hotel and a haven of relaxation and tranquillity.
Quinta do Estreito - In the hills to the west of Funchal.