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: 8.2km (5.1 miles)
Navigation: Cicerone Walking in Madeira Walk 6, Madeira Tour & Trail Map (1:40000)
Stef’s review: 5 of 5 stars
From Canical, we took the bus 113 to Baia d’Abra. This is the most Eastern tip of Madeira and just BEAUTIFUL. Very touristy but so worth seeing. It’s a circular walk over barren landscape. We had brilliant weather, a little too hot for that matter. There was no shade except a small house at the of the walk that provided toilets and benches under palm trees like an oasis in the middle of a barren, hilly desert. We had a nice break there, a bit of a chat with some English tourists and the one or other lizard on our arms.
At the tip of Baia d’Abra you are rewarded with a stunning view back on to the entire island of Madeira.
Looking at the numbers it doesn’t seem such a strenuous walk, but the heat made it gruelling. Remember a hat and sunscreen. Because Baia d’Abra is extend so much into the ocean you’re basically offshore, disconnected from the weather circulation that seems to exist on the island. Sunny in the morning, clouds coming in during the day and hanging especially in the high mountains, evenings = sunny again. Clouds were nowhere near us.
When we finished our walk we took up the offer of the ice cream standing right at the finish line. Round 1: Solero. Round 2: Magnum Double Chocolate. I really deserved it.
Tourism in Madeira
Apart from trading and agriculture, tourism is one of the most important industries of the island. With 20% of the GDP, tourism is contributing significantly to Madeira’s economy. Because if its mild climate throughout the year tourists flock to Madeira all year round. The busiest months, however, are March and April when the island literally blossoms at its best. Most of the tourists are from EU, lead by the Germans, British, Scandinavian countries and the Portuguese. We also saw lots of big French groups, in my opinion even more than Germans…