Madeira’s notorious climate is composed of different mesoclimates. The north of the island has quite a lot of rainfall and therefore a particularly lush vegetation, while the south of Madeira is significantly drier and is characterised by more hours of sunshine. To enable the southern half of the island to benefit from the rainfall in the north, sophisticated irrigation systems – the open levadas – ensure water supply to the plantations and fields. The spectacular hiking routes, following these levadas, are one of the many reasons that make Madeira so special for self-guided walking. Come and discover all of Madeira’s secrets: walk along the levadas and the coastal paths offering panoramic views, see traditional style villages, terrace cultivation, beautiful flowers, gorges, the Laurissilva (cloud) forest, waterfalls and natural pools.
- Highest Peak:
- Pico Ruivo 1862m