Checked on the ground just two months before publication, the changes to this edition are considerable. There is a new walk to replace a permanently closed route, redesigned maps with waypoints, and a couple of new restaurants.
This pocket-sized full-colour guide to walking in Madeira is designed for visitors who would like to combine some enticing walks with the best local cooking. Many of the walks are along the ‘levada’ paths so beloved of visitors. Levadas are watercourses that carry rainfall from the mountains to irrigate the cultivated terraces. Click here to read about the history of Madeira’s levadas. But even ‘non-walkers’ will appreciate the recommendations for eating out in Madeira. For each suggested restaurant there is a photograph of the décor and one of their dishes, plus sample menu, price guide, opening times and a recipe for one of their specialities. Other sections include: planning your trip, logistics on arrival, local markets and specialities, glossary of local food terms, and a restaurant mini-vocabulary. A special feature is the emphasis on natural local foods suitable for those with food intolerances. All recipes have been made by the authors and are known to ‘work’.
Area covered: The walks are dotted all around the island. Note: There is some overlapping of walk routes between this book and Landscapes of Madeira. Do use the ‘Look Inside‘ facility to compare coverage in the two guide books.
The best months for walking in Madeira are July till May (June can be overcast).
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)