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A first-time visitor’s observations of Madeira…

Travel in Style Madeira

Both Landscapes of Madeira and Walk & Eat Madeira ran out of stock in September. Rather than reprint, we decided to do new editions of both, so they would be bang up to date. Although they will be officially published on 1 January 2015, copies will be available from 5 December. A visitor new to […]

Walking in Madeira: Path Collapse on PR1

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Madeira’s top walk (thus ‘PR1’) is the traverse from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo. There are two routes: the westerly trail, which passes through tunnels, and a more strenuous easterly path that climbs over the Torres peaks. The two routes join at a saddle and go on to Ruivo, the island’s highest summit. Last […]

Walking and Eating in Madeira

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walk & eat MADEIRA

by John and Pat Underwood

If you like to walk and you like to eat … you are going to love this book — the best guide to Madeira that we have used in our two trips to the island. (PVB, Amazon)

Excellent guide to build your holiday around. (Gourmethiker, Amazon)

All the walks feature places where you can find a good meal. Overall this is the perfect walking guide for the visitor who may want to do a walk or two but is not visiting specifically for this purpose. More ambitious walkers may prefer Sunflower’s Landscapes guide to Madeira. (ASM, Amazon)

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Madeira: levadas, levada walking

Levadas are watercourses with adjacent footpaths, which penetrate virtually every part of the mountainous terrain of Madeira. These watercourses and their adjoining maintenance paths extend for an incredible 2150km/1350mi or more, but even more fascinating is their great variety. The older levadas, built centuries ago, are narrow and plummet steeply downhill from mountainside springs – […]

Walking in Madeira

Guidebook to Madeira, Car Tours & Walks

Landscapes of MADEIRA: walks and car tours

by John and Pat Underwood

A remarkable paperback which may have done more than any other to change the way its readers spend their holidays: this book single-handedly turned levada-walking into something approaching a craze. (Sunday Times)

We were greatly impressed with the detail, accuracy and comprehensiveness of the guide and with the research that obviously went into it. May I congratulate you on the best guidebook that I have come across. Despite having lived in, and visited, the Lake District over 60 years where there is a surfeit of guidebooks, I have not met your equal. (Comment from a user who told us that while working in Madeira in the 1950s he had explored the island relying on a pre-war map and his sense of direction; lately he had returned to the island for the first time in 46 years.)

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Sunflower’s been trolled!

Just in time for the new year, Sunflower has ‘arrived’. We’ve joined the ranks of the famous, with our very own troll! Over the Christmas holidays, the troll (called ‘European Traveller’) posted identical reviews of almost all our titles on Amazon – proving, if nothing else, that he/she is even-handed and a prodigious hiker! Each […]

Gozo beauty spot off bounds for autumn thanks to ‘Brangelina’!

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Why is it that so many of Sunflower’s picnic suggestions end up being ‘off bounds’? It’s uncanny. The problem first arose in the 1980s, when the Underwoods were walking in Madeira and found that one of their recommended picnic spots had become a building site … a major chain had taken the risk of siting […]

About Sunflower

The story of Sunflower Books began in 1973, when John and Pat Underwood first visited Madeira on their honeymoon and fell in love with the island. They returned year after year, making notes about their favourite walks – many of which were along the levadas (watercourses with adjacent footpaths, which penetrate virtually every part of […]