1. Walk – Ilha to Santana / Where is Madeira?
2. Walk – Pico Ruivo and Pico Arieiro / Cristiano Ronaldo
3. Walk – Monte to Camatcha / Wicker Sledge Riding
4. Walk – Camatcha to Santo da Serra / Madeira, the Flower Island
5. Walk – Santo da Serra to Portela / Levadas
6. Walk – Marocos to Caniçal / Public Transport on Madeira
7. Walk – Baia d’Abra / Tourism
8. Walk – Canical to Machico / Summary Walking Holiday
Distance: 17.9km (11.1 miles)
Navigation: Cicerone Walking in Madeira Walk 4, Madeira Tour & Trail Map (1:40000)
Stef’s review: 3 of 5 stars
Leaving Camatcha in the morning, I heard police sirens for the first and only time on this Madeira holiday. And why? Because the freed the road for a cycling race. Isn’t that lovely? A cycling race. Quite a different flair in comparison to busy London.
What I really enjoyed about this walk, again along the Levada da Serra, was that we passed lots of eucalyptus trees. Not that I’ve ever seen any growing in the wild. They don’t smell unless you crack the leaves and here and there were light clouds of essential oil. I’m so easily impressed with things I don’t know. Like an indigenous clouds of eucalyptus smell…
What I didn’t like so much was the decision we made about the last 3-4 kilometers of our walk: Towards the end of the walk we came to a junction where we had to decide to take the main road or a secondary road down to Santo da Serra. We decided to take the main road as it seemed shorter and we wanted to avoid any unnecessary, additional kilometers to walk. I wished we had taken the secondary road. The main road turned out to be incredibly busy, and as there was no pedestrian way, we had to walk on the road, constantly communicating if cars were coming from the front or back in case we needed to step aside. I felt really uncomfortable and stressed with so much traffic and would generally recommend to avoid all main roads on Madeira. On the Madeira tour & trail map these roads are marked red. So stay away from them and find an alternative route, even if you need to take the extra mile.
Madeira, the Flower Island
Madeira is called the Island of Eternal Spring, so it’s not surprising that it’s also called Flower Island. Due to its mild weather throughout the year (24°C in summer, 17°C in winter), Madeira has the perfect conditions for flowers to bloom all year around and although at their best around Spring time, you’ll find a diversity of flowers across the island and across all seasons. With its colourful flora and fauna it’s a paradise for botanists.