Active Holidays in Madeira
Madeira offers hundreds of activities for sporty travellers looking for a thrill or just ready to explore the 4 corners of this unique island in the world.
Coming to Madeira is choosing an exceptional trip so do not stay locked up in your hotel; there are so many things to see and do: hike along the levadas, fly over the island in a paraglider, dive into the turquoise waters of Porto Santo, savour a moment of calm and discovery with an afternoon of stand-up paddle boarding or spend a day of golf with views on the ocean. In the air, on land, in the water, there are sports activities for everyone in Madeira.
Stand up Paddle
This gentle and sporty way to discover the island of Madeira is more and more fashionable. Together with walking, it is one of the best ways to be connected to nature. You will enjoy the beauty of the coasts in an ecological way as you move around using your own energy.
If you've never done it before, that's okay, Madeira is a good place to learn stand-up paddleboarding. Reconnect your body and mind to nature and treat yourself to an active holiday in Madeira.
PR1, "Vereda Do Arreiro" is certainly one of the most incredible trails in Madeira. Of medium difficulty, starting at Miradouro do Pico do Arreiro (30 minutes from central Funchal) and ending at Pico Ruivo, this 9 km trail will take you through landscapes that are only available to the most athletic.
Allow 3h30 for this trail that connects the two highest points of Madeira. The endemic plants and birds which can be observed along the trail will delight nature lovers.
There are 3 exceptional golf courses for you in Madeira: the Palheiro Golf (18-hole course) has breathtaking views over Funchal, Santo da Serra Golf (27-hole course) has both sea and mountain views; the Porto Santo Golf (18-hole course) was designed by former golf champion Ballesteros.
With its mild climate all year round, Madeira is a destination of choice for golf enthusiasts wishing to spend an active and relaxing holiday on a paradise island.
There are 2 diving clubs in Porto Santo, the second inhabited island of the Madeira archipelago.
With its crystal -clear waters, Porto Santo is known by divers all over the world. Thanks to the purity of its waters you can see up to 50 metres deep and you will discover two boats sunk there to create artificial reefs. The first was sunk in 2001 and is already home to a wide variety of marine life. The second boat is a pretty impressive warship that was sunk in 2016.
Hiking along the Levadas
For an active holiday in Madeira, to reconnect with yourself and nature, you will want to do one or more hikes along the levadas. Created by the inhabitants of the island, these levadas allow water to circulate from the rainier north of the island to the sunnier south to grow delicious fruits and vegetables.
These paths, through natural reserves, forest, and run alongside waterfalls, lakes, rivers, are the best way to discover a Madeira where time slows down.
Different hikes are listed on the very good Madeira tourist office website: www.visitmadeira.com
Enjoy an unforgettable sporting adventures in Madeira.
For a few tens of euros, treat yourself to unforgettable moments by paragliding over Madeira. You are not an expert? No problem, get a tandem flight. Fly over the most beautiful beaches of Madeira, the most beautiful miradouros of Madeira as well as the best instagrammable spots of Madeira.
You will have your fill of strong emotions, guaranteed! The flights are organized by a private company located in Arco da Calheta.
Are you a surf pro or have you always dreamed of learning to surf? Come to Madeira and enjoy magnificent waves, an exceptional climate and the perfect infrastructure to surf like a pro or learn at your own pace.
The best time to surf is between September and May (between November and January is even better). The sea water is between 18 and 24 degrees throughout the year.
Praia de Machico, Praia da Maiata and Praia da Lagoa are perfect for intermediate levels and beginners. Surf pros will get their adrenaline pumping at Jardim do Mar, Ribeira da Janela and Paul do mar.
Madeira is a paradise for mountain bike enthusiasts. Alone or in the company of other mountain bikers, treat yourself to an active holiday and discover the most beautiful places of Madeira. Reconnect with nature and treat yourself to a healthy and active holiday in Madeira.
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