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With its perfect mix of volcanic rugged terrain with high mountains, deep valleys and an exciting coastline, Madeira is a dream destination for any outdoor enthusiast. From beautiful Levada walks, thrilling canyoning adventures or exciting whale-watching tours, make your trip to Madeira an adventure to remember for a lifetime.

Hike through history and culture along Madeira's levadas

Levadas are Madeira‘s aqueduct system built in the 15th century to transport water through the native Laurissilva forests. Nowadays many different walking and hiking paths lead along those Levadas and are a great way of experiencing Madeira‘s indigenous flora and fauna. In total the network comprises of 2500km making the Levada walks one of the most popular activities on the island. Their scenic and peaceful settings amid the lush nature give you a wonderful opportunity to be physically active, unwind from day-to-day stress and explore the fascinating landscape. 

Conquer the peaks of Madeira

Exploring the peaks of Madeira can be an exhilarating adventure, offering breathtaking views and a chance to experience the island's diverse landscapes. From challenging hikes to Jeep tours or off-road trips on the mountain bike, there are several ways to embark on an adventure to the peaks of Madeira.

Probably one of the most exciting (and not easy) one is hiking to Pico Ruivo, the highest peak in Madeira. This hike offers stunning panoramic views and takes you through the island's unique vegetation. The hike can be challenging, so ensure you're properly prepared with suitable hiking gear, water, and snacks. Alternatively choose for the iconic hike to the Risco and 25 Fontes waterfalls, surrounded by lush vegetation and stunning landscapes.

On an off-road Jeep tour, you will discover remote areas and viewpoints om Madeira that are not easily accessible by conventional vehicles. While if you opt for a mountain biking adventure there are plenty of trails, suitable for every skill level, that wind through forests, mountains, and valleys allowing you to absorb the natural landscapes from up close.

Cycling through lush green forests on volcanic grounds

Starting from Madeira‘s capital Funchal where you can hire a suitable bike, there are several routes depending on your level of fitness and interests. Why not explore Funchal‘s old town on bike and stop at the most iconic sites? Or challenge yourself by taking a mountain bike tour into the centre of the rangy hinterland. Whether you are looking for an easy ride to do some sightseeing; or are more in for physically pushing yourself to the limits - Madeira‘ won‘t disappoint when it comes to finding the cycling trail to your liking.

Canyoning in green valleys and gorges

Canyoning is the ultimate experience  for adventurers seeking an unforgettable adrenalin kick and the setting of Madeira's wonderful green and volcanic scenery makes canyoning here extra special. Deep in Madeira‘s wild nature, nestled inside the mossy forests, take on a challenge of abseiling some of the island‘s most stunning waterfalls. Accompanied by professional instructors and properly equipped, the experience includes navigating through river beds, jumping into majestic lakes and swimming in secluded lagoons. The perfect combination of a great day out in nature and having the fun of your lifetime!

Discovering the blue ocean by sea kayaking, canoeing and snorkeling

Can‘t get enough of being on and under water? Then Madeira‘ is the place to be! The island offers numerous water-related activities such as Sea Kayaking, Canoeing and Snorkeling which can be combined on day tours along Madeira‘s magnificent coastline. Witness the vibrant sea life above and under water such as dolphins and whales. Discover remote dreamlike beaches and stunning cliffs which you will have the opportunity to jump off. A day spent in the turquoise-shimmering water of the Atlantic Ocean surrounding Madeira‘ is relaxing and active at the same time! And never short of things to discover! Try it out!


Contact us for an individual quote, visit our Madeira adventures for touring inspiration or check out our selection of local experiences or family-friendly adventures on Madeira.

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