Madeira - Sunflower BooksWe joined the 11km Fanal walk which was listed as difficult. A thoroughly enjoyable day in a group The best tour guides, spotless vans, and the most friendly drivers! Most of the standard guide books have levada walks and there is a specialist guide book by Sunflower books, "Walk and Eat in Madeira". This offers a range of walks with details of public transport to use and restaurants and cafes en route. You do not have to follow the long circular tours just walk a bit and turn round when you are ready. There is a stretch of levada available from Monte at the top of the cable car- after a stiff scramble up the levada is level walking with smooth footing but the channel clings precipitously to the cliff although there is some protective fencing.
Walk & Eat Madeira (Walk & Eat Series)
Sunflower have led the field for years with their brilliant Landscapes walking and car touring guides. Frank Barrett, Mail on Sunday. These pocket-sized full-colour guides are designed for short break holidays. Each describes fairly straightforward walks with large-scale maps as well as two excursions suitable for all holidaymakers. Restaurants en route serving local dishes are recommended with sample menus.
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. Levadas are watercourses that carry rainfall from the mountains to irrigate the cultivated terraces. 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. Area covered: The walks are dotted all around the island.
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.
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Levadas are watercourses with adjacent footpaths, which penetrate virtually every part of the mountainous terrain of Madeira. The older levadas, built centuries ago, are narrow and plummet steeply downhill from mountainside springs — really challenging walking. Their banks are covered with wild flowers, and the water rushes and foams with energy. Their flow is stately and serene, and their banks are lovingly planted with agapanthus lilies and hydrangeas. Although their construction began so long ago it was not until the s that levada walking became the popular activity for visitors that it is today. More than anything else, it was one book, Landscapes of Madeira , published by Sunflower Books , that made levada walking so popular. The authors of Landscapes of Madeira, John and Pat Underwood, first visited Madeira on their honeymoon in and fell in love with the island.