Notice to walkers and List of Walks

First and foremost, walking on Madeira and the adjacent island of Porto Santo is invigorating, exciting and hugely rewarding.

List of Recommended Walking Routes

Learn more about the footpaths officially recommended by the Regional Government of Madeira, classifyed as small routes (PR) and identified by a sequential number.

Currently the List of Recommended Walking Routes includes 30 hiking trails, located in Madeira island of and three others are located in Porto Santo island, as displayed below:



Code Recommended Walking Routes Location Condition
PR 1

Vereda do Pico do Areeiro (Pico do Areeiro-Pico Ruivo)

Obs: This footpath is accessible through the trail located to the west (through the tunnels), bur the trail located to the east (crosses the Pico das Torres)
remains closed for security reasons.

PR 1.1  Vereda da Ilha (Pico Ruivo - Ilha) Santana
PR 1.2

Vereda do Pico Ruivo (Achada do Teixeira - Pico Ruivo)

Santana OPEN
PR 1.3 Vereda da Encumeada (Pico Ruivo - Encumeada) Ribeira Brava OPEN
 PR 2

Vereda do Urzal ( Curral das Freiras - Boaventura) 

Câmara de Lobos   OPEN
 PR 3 Vereda do Burro (Pico do Areeiro – Ribeira das Cales)
Funchal OPEN  
 PR 3.1 Caminho Real do Monte (Ribeira das Cales – Monte)
Funchal OPEN  
PR 4 Levada do Barreiro (Poço da Neve – Casa do Barreiro)
Funchal OPEN  
 PR 5  Vereda das Funduras (Portela - Maroços)
Machico OPEN  
 PR 6 Levada das 25 fontes (Rabaçal - 25 Fontes) Calheta


 PR 6.1  Levada do Risco (Rabaçal - Risco) Calheta OPEN
PR 6.2 Levada do Alecrim (Rabaçal - Nascente da Levada do Alecrim) Calheta OPEN
PR 6.3 Vereda da Lagoa do Vento (Rabaçal- Lagoa do Vento) Calheta OPEN
PR 7 Levada do Moinho (Ribeira da Cruz - Lamaceiros) Porto Moniz OPEN  
PR 8 Vereda da Ponta de São Lourenço (Baia d´Abra - Cais do Sardinha) Machico OPEN
 PR 9 Levada do Caldeirão Verde (Queimadas - Caldeirão Verde - Caldeirão do Inferno) Santana
 PR 10 Levada do Furado (Ribeiro Frio - Portela) Machico OPEN
 PR 11 Vereda dos Balcões  (Ribeiro Frio - Balcões) Santana


 PR 12 Caminho Real da Encumeada (Boca da Corrida - Encumeada - Ribeira Grande) Ribeira Brava CLOSED
 PR 13 Vereda do Fanal (Assobiadores - Paul da Serra - Fanal) Porto Moniz OPEN
 PR 14   Levada dos Cedros (Fanal - Curral Falso) Porto Moniz CLOSED
PR 15 Vereda da Ribeira da Janela (Curral Falso - Ribeira da janela) Porto Moniz OPEN
PR 16 Levada Fajã do Rodrigues (Fajã da Amã - Ribeira da Janela) São Vicente
PR 17 Caminho do Pináculo e Folhadal (Lombo do Mouro - Caramujo - Folhadal - Encumeada) Ribeira Brava CLOSED
PR 18 Levada do Rei  (Quebradas - Ribeiro Bonito) Santana OPEN
PR 19 Caminho Real do Paul do Mar (Prazeres - Paul do Mar) Calheta


PR 20 Vereda do Jardim do Mar ( Prazeres - Jardim do Mar) Calheta CLOSED
 PR 21 Caminho do Norte (Encumeada – Ribeira Grande) São Vicente OPEN
PR 22 Vereda do Chão dos Louros São Vicente OPEN
PR 23 Levada da Azenha (Azenha – Caminho Velho do Castelo)
(Description available soon)
Santa Cruz CLOSED
  PR UM CAMINHO PARA TODOS/JOEL Pico das Pedras-Queimadas
  Porto Santo    

Vereda do Pico Branco e Terra Chã (ER 111 - Terra Chã)

Porto Santo
PS PR 2 Vereda do Pico do Castelo (Moledo - Pico do Castelo) Porto Santo OPEN         
PS PR 3 Levada do Pico do Castelo (Camacha - Ribeiro Formoso - Capela da Graça) Porto Santo TEMPORARILY




Code of conduct and Safety Regulations

Here we shall mention some codes of conduct and safety regulations that should always be followed. Please read the information below!

Walking Code

  • Avoid noise or actions against nature
  • Do not take plants or animals with you
  • Do not throw rubbish away (tissues do not easily decompose)
  • Do not light fires
  • If you are a smoker do not throw cigarettes ends on the floor, keep them for the dust-bin
  • Do not change or damage the signs

For your own safety 

  • Before starting out make sure you have update instructions on the route
  • Let someone else know where you’re going and when you expect to return
  • Be sure to confirm the time it will take so that you can finish before nightfall
  • Take some extra food and water with you
  • Wear suitable clothes and shoes
  • If possible take a mobile phone with you
  • In case of heavy rain or strong winds do not go on and/or turn back using the same route
  • Don’t take risks


       Browse the informative safety leaflets on walking in Madeira Islands - IFCN 



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