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Cicerone Guides: Walking in Madeira: 60 Routes on Madeira and Porto Santo

Walking / Outdoor Guide

Series: Cicerone Guides

By: Paddy Dillon (Author)

236 pages, colour photos, colour maps

Cicerone Press

Paperback | laminated cover (not waterproof) | Jan 2009 | Edition: 2 | #178586 | ISBN-13: 9781852845315
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NHBS Price: £14.95 $19/€18 approx

About this book

Rising steep and rocky from the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira is a compact and mountainous island. Criss-crossed by a network of old paths and tracks, it is remarkably accessible and scenic. Enjoying a sub-tropical climate, it is suitable for year-round walking. As a result of volcanic activity it can be steep, but high ridges and the cliffs of its Atlantic coast are always in view. Water is conveyed around the island in flower-fringed lavadas, their banks offering anything from a gentle stroll to an exposed cliff walk. There are wooded valleys, rocky slopes, cultivated terraces and impressive cliffs to explore. The people are unfailingly friendly. The wine is excellent. This guidebook includes a rich and varied selection of walks on Madeira, and also covers the neighbouring island of Porta Santo.

Review of the first edition:

"What an eye-opener this book turned out to be! Madeira is a holiday destination that is usually associated with an older clientele but Paddy Dillon opens up the country with fifty mountain, coastal and lavada walks that should appeal to all ages: levadas being old watercourses."
- Outdoor Pursuits December 2002


Contents

Preface to the second edition
 
Introduction   

    Location   
    Geology   
    History   
    Landscape   
    Trees and Flowers    
    Birds    
    Animals    
    Parque Natural da Madeira   
    Funchal and Monte   
 
Practicalities   

    Getting to Madeira   
    Getting around Madeira   
    Accommodation   
    Currency   
    Language   
    Food and Drink   
    Weather   
    Tourist Information   
    Health Issues   
    Emergencies   
    Porto Santo   
    Maps of Madeira   
    Using this Guide   
    Making Multi-day Trips   
 
SECTION 1 Eastern Madeira   

1     Levada dos Tornos: Monte to Camacha    
2     Levada dos Tornos: Camacha to Quatro Estradas   
3     Levada da Serra: Campo do Pomar to Camacha   
4     Levada da Serra: Camacha to Santo da Serra   
5     Levada Nova: Quatro Estradas to Santo da Serra   
6     Baia d’Abra and Ponta de São Lourenço   
7      Levada do Caniçal: Maroços to Caniçal   
8     Levada da Portela: Santo da Serra to Portela   
9     Vereda das Funduras: Portela to Maroços   
10  North Coast: Porto da Cruz to Ribeira Seca   
 
SECTION 2 Funchal to Santana   

11     Vereda da Penha d’Águia   
12     Levada do Furado: Portela to Ribeiro Frio   
13     Caminho Velha: Poiso to Porto da Cruz   
14     Fajã da Nogueira and Levada da Serra   
15     Caminho Velha: Poiso to Santana       
16     Levada do Barreiro: Poço da Neve to Monte   
17     Levada da Negra: Poço da Neve to Barreira   
18     Levada do Curral: Curral das Freiras to Funchal       
19     Levada dos Piornais: Lombada to Funchal   

 
SECTION 3 The High Mountains   

20     Boca da Encumeada to Achada do Teixeira       
21     Boca da Encumeada to Curral das Freiras   
22     Pico do Cedro and Pico do Areeiro       
23     Pico do Areeiro to Pico Ruivo   
24     Pico Ruivo, Vale da Lapa and Ilha   
25     Pico Ruivo, Queimadas and Santana       
26     Levada do Caldeirão Verde from Pico das Pedras   
27     Levada do Rei from Quebradas   
28     Santana, Calhau and São Jorge     
29     Boca da Encumeada and Pico Grande      
30     Colmeal and Pico Grande   
31     Curral das Freiras to Boaventura       
32     Boca da Encumeada to Colmeal       

 
SECTION 4 Jardim da Serra   

33     Boca da Encumeada to Marco e Fonte   
34     Boca da Corrida and Curral das Freiras   
35     Boca dos Namorados and Curral das Freiras   
36     Marco e Fonte to Fontes   
37     Terreiros from Boca da Corrida      
38     Crista do Espigão from Fontes       
39     Levada do Norte: Serra de Água to Boa Morte   
40     Levada do Norte: Boa Morte to Estreito de Câmara de Lobos   
SECTION 5 Paúl da Serra   

41     Pico Ruivo do Paúl da Serra from Pico da Urze   
42     Rabaçal, Levada do Risco and 25 Fontes   
43     Levada do Paúl: Rabaçal to Cristo Rei   
44     Levada das Rabaças: Cristo Rei to Boca da Encumeada   
45     Caminho do Pináculo e Folhadal     
46     Levada dos Cedros: Fanal to Ribeira da Janela   
47     Levada da Janela: Fonte do Bispo to Porto Moniz      

 
SECTION 6 Western Madeira   

48     Ponta do Pargo to Fonte do Bispo       
49     Levada do Moinho: Tornadouro to Ribeira da Cruz   
50     Levada Calheta/Ponta do Pargo to Ponta do Pargo      
51     Levada Calheta/Ponta do Pargo to Prazéres   
52     Caminho Real: Prazéres to Paúl do Mar   
53     Levada Calheta/Ponta do Pargo to Lombo dos Faias   
54     Levada Calheta/Ponta do Pargo to Ponta do Sol   
55     Levada Nova and Levada do Moinho from Ponta do Sol   
56     Levada Nova: Jangão to Ribeira Brava   
57     Lombo do Mouro to Ribeira Brava   

 
SECTION 7 Porto Santo   

58     Pico do Castelo, Pico do Facho and Pico Branco   
59     Campo de Baixo, Bárbara Gomes and Eiras   
60     Ponta, Pico de Ana Ferreira, Espigão and Calheta   
Cruise to the Ilhas Desertas    

Appendix 1    Quick reference guide to routes   
Appendix 2    Language Notes   
Appendix 3    Useful Contacts


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Biography

Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over thirty guidebooks to his name, as well as more than a dozen booklets and brochures. He writes for outdoor magazines and other publications, as well as for tourism organisations. Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. Paddy enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the USA. While researching routes, Paddy works directly onto a palmtop computer, so that his descriptions are precise, having been written at the very point at which the reader uses them. Paddy takes his own photographs, has appeared on radio and TV, and is a member of the Outdoor Writers' Guild.

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