Hiking is one of the most practiced outdoor activities in recent years, especially by nature lovers. In fact, there are already many people who organize their vacations based on this, choosing a destination where they can practice it but that also has an interesting tourist offer to be able to combine exercise with rest, culture or whatever else you are looking for on your vacation.
One of the best places to get all of the above is Madeira , a Portuguese island that has spectacular beauty that you can discover while hiking. In addition, there are also beaches and a lot of places of interest. It belongs to an archipelago of the same name that has 2 inhabited islands (Madeira and Porto Santo) and another three in which there are no inhabitants and which are known as Desertas Islands. A place where you will find a landscape of cinema with great cliffs , spectacular beaches and beautiful mountains.
This is why hiking is one of the main tourist offers in Madeira, with several routes designed for all types of hikers. The best of them all is the one that joins the two highest peaks on the island, Pico Arieiro and Pico Ruivo , a route that is also paved and is not very long although it is a bit complicated since it has many ups and downs. The effort is worth it since the panoramic view throughout the route is truly spectacular.
It is recommended to do this route early since when the afternoon approaches both peaks are covered with clouds and you will not be able to enjoy all the splendor of the views. It is about 20 kilometers of route , although you can make it shorter if you decide to ascend only the last peak, which will be only 7 kilometers along a cobbled path and with 300 meters of unevenness, so it is not very hard. In Madeira you will find more than 2,500 kilometers of trails and canals, all of them very well signposted, so you won’t have to miss out.