THE guide to Madeira for more than 30 years and a winner of the Thomas Cook Best Travel Guide Award.
It really is indispensable for walking in Madeira or seeing Madeira by car. Not only has this 14th edition been updated to take into account walks recently out of bounds for one reason or another, but the format of the book has been expanded with larger type and a wider layout. The maps have been annotated with waypoints, and there are free downloadable GPS tracks for all the walks.
While dedicated hikers will revel in the island’s mountainous terrain (Madeira is one of Europe’s top destinations for mountain walks), walking the ‘levada’ paths is one of the most popular activities with visitors. Levadas are watercourses that carry rainfall from the mountains to irrigate the cultivated terraces. Click to read about the history of the levada system in Madeira.
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.)
Area covered: The entire island is covered by over 100 long and short walking routes.
The best months for walking in Madeira are July till May (June can be overcast).