Landscapes of Western Madeira Overview
The quieter, more traditional, side of Madeira offers thrilling walking off the beaten track through beautiful landscapes. New.
- self-guided, single-centre walking holiday
- discover Madeira’s more traditional side
- easy access to three distinct walking areas with your hire car
- homely accommodation with a swimming pool
- choice of routes, including some lesser-known levadas
- upgrade to cottage with shared pool in grounds
The name ‘Madeira’ conjures up images of levadas
(waterways) lined with exotic flowers, and of luxuriant mountain slopes. Western Madeira is no different in this respect – there is certainly no shortage of drama or colour in the scenery – but what does set it apart is that it is the quieter, more traditional side of the island.
The levadas here are not as well known among walkers as those elsewhere, and many of the villages still feel quite remote – their backdrop of forbidding cliffs and mountains meant that, until a generation ago, some were virtually cut off from the outside world. Further inland, the high Paúl da Serra also feels startlingly different, its wild expanses of moorland grazed by cows and sheep. Thanks to your hire car, you can explore all this and more on this very flexible holiday suitable for walkers of all levels.