Steep coasts & flower gardens
As the ‘flower island’ and known for its species-rich flora, Madeira presents itself year-round as a dream destination for ambitious hikers. Diverse paths, sometimes narrow and winding lead over this mountainous island. A good basic condition is needed. But the versatile island will reward you for your physical effort every day. In the dry east at Porto da Cruz you can relax on the black sandy beach. In the north, near Porto Moniz, the view sweeps over the entire north coast, in the mountainous region shady laurel forests await. The abundance of flowers is ubiquitous, even in and around the capital, Funchal. Madeira is like a breathtaking botanical garden.
Get to know the unique island in a one-week holiday? We have packed all places worth seeing into an 8-day individual hiking trip. Taste a ‘poncha’ and grab a toboggan and enjoy a speedy ride as a crowning finale.
- All the important information and details about the hiking trip Around Madeira can be found here.
Around Madeira with charm
Our Madeira trip with charm offers the ‘extra’ comfort. You spend the night in a room with a sea view everywhere except in Sao Vicente. Our charming hotels are carefully selected and impress with their own black rocky beach, enchanting gardens and the constant sound of the sea.
- Are you interested? Read all the details about our hiking trip Around Madeira with charm here.
‘Carefree travel’ on a hiking holiday in Madeira
Eurohike – that stands for carefree travel comfort, the best service and advice and uncomplicated travel. We take care of the hotel booking, well-prepared directions and travel documents, an absolutely reliable luggage transfer and ready for service every day! What is left to do you ask? Hike and enjoy!
The Madeira archipelago is of volcanic origin and consists of five islands. Madeira, the main island is the largest island and almost all of the 300,000 inhabitants live there. Because Madeira is closer to Africa than Portugal, it is geographically part of Africa, but politically part of Europe. Forces of nature formed the island, which rises steeply out of the Atlantic and it is enthusiastically visited by numerous guests. Rivers and streams cut deep gorges and steep cliffs were created by the constant beating of the waves. A thermal spring discovered near Funchal is the last witness of the volcanic pre-history. Madeira has only a few black, coarse grained beaches that are not so inviting for swimming. That is why rock bathing facilities have been created in many places, making use of the natural conditions, which make bathing possible.
Madeira hiking trails
Madeira is the ideal hiking island. The Lavada trails are almost without any hills and along narrow irrigation channels. In addition, there are the old routes from place to place, which the people of the island used until only a few years ago. And last but not least, the lonely mountain paths of the goatherds open up almost every corner of the island. You are spoiled for choice between easy hikes in the middle of countless terraced fields and shady forests, dizzying levadas or adventurous coastal paths. Many routes lead through tunnels, so pack a torch and waterproof shoes.
A typical Madeiran menu
Bolo do Caco com Manteiga de Alho – typical bread with garlic butter
Espetada – grilled beef skewer
Cozido portugesa – various types of meat with sausage and vegetables
Picado – sliced beef with fries
Prego no bolo do Caco – beef steak in typical bread
Carne vinha de alhos – pork marinated in wine
Bacahlhau – salted dried fish in different variations
Espada – black swordfish in different variations
Tuna – tuna in different variations
Lapas – mussels
Camarao – shrimp in different variations
Caramujos – small sea snails
Ovos de Epada – fish eggs
Bolo de mel – honey cake
Pastel de nata – vanilla tarts
Bolo de berlin – vanilla donut
Poncha – cane sugar schnapps with lemon/orange and honey
Nikita – beer, white wine and pineapple or vanilla ice cream
Sangria – white wine or red wine
Brisa – regional carbonated juices, speciality: passion fruit, apple, lemon
Coral Bier – regional beer
Small Portuguese dictionary
The national language in Madeira is Portuguese, but in more rural areas the language is characterised by regional dialects and idiomatic expressions. Basically, the Portuguese appreciate it very much if visitors make a little effort during their stay and acquire a few everyday words to use. Many Portuguese speak English. Here are a few helpful words and sentences.
- I need help: Preciso de ajuda.
- How much is this?: Quanto custa?
- Cash: Dinheiro
- Credit card: Cartao de credito
- Excuse me, could you help me please?: Desculpe, pode-me ajudar?
- Where is…?: Onde fica...?
- How do I get there?: Como posso la che gar?
- Do you speak English?: Fala Ingles?
- Lady/Woman: Senhora/mulher
- Mr/Man: Senhor/homem
- Please: por favor
- Thanks: obrigado (if you are a man) or obrigada (if you are female)
- Fruit: Fruta
- Bread: Pao
- Fish: Peixe
- Meat: Carne
- Dessert: Sobremesa
- Water: Agua
- Juice: Sumo
- Beer: Cerveja
- Wine: Vinho
- Coffee: Café
- Could I have the bill please?: Traga-me a conta por favor.