A hike that connects Porto da Cruz to Machico on the northern coast of Madeira Island, a walk of contrasts with stunning views over the sea and the mountains.
What to Expect
This walk connects Machico to Porto da Cruz from an old footpath once used by the local people to move from one place to another to do business. The walk starts in the Levada dos Maroços, so the first part of the route is easy walking along a levada followed with Mimosa trees and agricultural lands.
After enjoying the fantastic views over Machico city, go up a trail to reach the viewpoint of Boca do Risco, where a superb view awaits you over the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Ponta de São Lourenço, the Penha d’Aguia and, if the weather permits, the Porto Santo Island.
After a short stop to refresh, continue your walk towards Porto da Cruz by a coastal path with fascinating views where you can observe some endemic specimens of Madeira. The route is quite narrow and vertiginous, being slippery during the wetter months, that’s why this trail is recommended for people used to hiking on mountains.
On your way to Porto da Cruz, you can see one of the most iconic rock formations in Madeira, Penha D'Aguia, so prepare your camera to immortalize this moment in a photograph. After your walk, stop at the center of Porto da Cruz. Here, you will see a famous sugar cane mill where they extract juice from the sugar canes to be added to the brandy "aguardente” or to your typical honey cake.
- Official mountain guide
- Insurance (required by Portuguese law)