For those looking for radical activities, seeking the adrenaline rush, then you have found the right island and will be spoilt for choice – mountain biking, paragliding, canyoning, diving, surfing and trail running are all on offer.
Madeira Ocean Trails (www.madeiraoceantrails.com) is a campaign which was launched in 2017 with the aim of promoting active tourism. Its website provides information on the various outdoor activities and the possible activity trails available – whether it be for canyoning, walking, mountain biking, climbing and coasteering, birdwatching, geocaching and orienteering or trail running. In all around 60 routes are featured, each with information regarding the distance and duration, level of difficulty, google maps location, altimetry, images and videos. These trails take you along stunning and dramatic scenery, above beautiful and unique coastlines and into the exotic Laurissilva forest which is around 20 million years old and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These trails truly do stand out for not only the challenges they offer but the beauty they provide.
Mountain biking and trail running have really taken off in recent years – the island has excellent roads and paths which are just yearning to be explored. Trail running is for the more active and involves pushing one’s limits on mountain and nature trails. Mountain biking takes you along fast long tracks or on amazing descents towards the coastline. Canyoning, which does require some physical strength, takes you deep into the island to discover its beauty, pristine nature and perhaps a hidden waterfall. Climbing allows you the opportunity to climb the islands’ basaltic rock and to feel victorious when you reach the top of the cliff or mountain that you are conquering. Coasteering combines rappelling, climbing and jumping into the sea – like a three in one challenge.