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Madeira – good to go from May 17 2021!

It’s been a long wait but at last, people may travel from England to green-list Portugal from May 17. This includes the beautiful island of Madeira (and its little sister Porto Santo).

Here’s the link to the British government’s official website detailing coutries on each of the lists and what this means for English travellers.

The harbour at Paúl do Mar, Madeira

Madeira is a classic destination for keen walkers, though you don’t need to be an expert. There are plenty of lovely strolls as well as high end challenges for experts, with a wealth of variety in between. Or, why not explore by bus, a pocket-money way to experience the island. For plenty more information on discovering Madeira, take a look HERE.

Levada Nova, Madeira

There’s useful information for visitors to the Garden Island of Madeira regarding arriving on the island and the safety measures that are in place HERE.

Achada do Teixera, Madeira

Late Spring and early Summer are perfect times to visit Madeira. The rugged terrain is graced with an abundance of native trees and unique endemic flowers, easily enjoyed on many of the levada walks which also lead you into Madeira’s heart from village to hamlet.

Orchis maderensis
Aloe aborescens clinging to Madeiran cliffs

Our thanks go to walking researcher and author-in residence, Shirley Whitehead, for her beautiful photos of Madeira.

Madeira – Garden Isle

Taken by author/researcher Shirley Whitehead – stunning views from Encumeada.

Ah, Madeira! It’s an island that draws visitors back again and again, with its unique plant life, a wide range of wonderful walking from strolls to challenging mountain routes, and a benign climate, making it a year-round destination.

One of the best things about walking here is the sheer variety of routes. If you want gentle, level paths, there are many levada-side routes taking you through lush, natural green scenery. Mountain-lovers have a wealth of inspiring options to choose from. You want views? Wild flowers? Unspoilt villages? Short strolls? Challenging all-day routes? They’re all here.

Madeiran island authorities are well aware of the importance of walking to many of their visitors and do a great job of maintaining routes, keeping them open and safe.

 

 

If you’re thinking of a visit to the island, you’ll get much more value from your visit with a good guide book and map in your pocket. Have a look HERE for recommendations.

Madeira – so much wonderful walking

High above the world on Madeira's peaks

High above the world on Madeira’s peaks

Walking researcher/residents Shirley & Mike Whitehead know the island intimately and have followed up their Volume One book of 40 ‘Leisure Trails’ with a new Volume Two, tackling challenging trails and high altitude routes.

 

 

 

 

Pico Areeiro

Pico Areeiro

If you’ve never visited this beautiful and dramatic island, you’re missing one of the world’s great walking destinations.

Mountains, levadas, tiny hamlets and towering cliffs; unique flora and ancient forests.

 

 

In around four hours by air from Europe you can escape the long cold tail of winter and revitalise yourself with strolls, walks and challenging hikes.

Levada Nova

Levada Nova

 

Click HERE for more information.

Madeira Walks Volume 2 cover

The Garden Isle of Madeira – Beautiful in Spring

Aloe aborescens

Aloe aborescens

Springtime! The northern hemisphere’s Spring is well under way now. For those interested in flora, there’s nowhere quite like Madeira in the Springtime.

Echium candicans - popular with bees

Echium candicans – popular with bees

Madeira is always green – now it bursts into colour and perfume. Many of the plants you’ll come across while walking its levadas and country paths are endemic and exclusive to the island.

Two of the many beauties to look out for are orchids and the rare Yellow Foxglove. If you enjoy seeing wonderful plants growing strong and free, Madeira is the place to visit.

For information about the Garden Island, including books and maps, see http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/mad.htm

 

 

(The plant images here were taken by Shirley & Mike Whitehead, authors and researchers resident on the island of Madeira.)

 

Yellow foxglove (Isoplexus sceptrum)

Yellow foxglove (Isoplexus sceptrum)

Orchis maderensis

Orchis maderensis

 

 

 

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