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Madeira: The Finest Valley and Mountain Walks [Paperback]

Rolf Goetz , Gill Round , Tom Krupp
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6 May 2014
The island's all-year-round mild climate helped Madeira be awarded the description 'floating floral island in the Atlantic'. Bird of paradise and torch lilies, daisies and hydrangea leave no doubt that Madeira is rich in flowers like no other island. And secretly the Atlantic beauty has developed into a hiking paradise of the special kind. The first Portuguese word which hikers learn on Madeira is bound to be 'levada'. Levada hiking is surely unique on the whole world. A sophisticated network of narrow irrigation canals runs across the entire island. The maintenance paths installed next to canal trenches allow the convenient discovery of Madeira without great altitude all the way to the most remote corners. Around half of the tours introduced in this guide are Levada excursions. They lead through fertile land cultivating sugar cane, bananas, vine and exotic fruit, past artistic terraces modelled into the island's rugged topography, which awaken associations of Bali or the Philippines. With all the fascination for the Levada paths it should not be forgotten that the volcano island also is a fabulous territory for mountaineers. The nearly 1900m high central massive holds routes for all demands. The triple summit tour from the Arieiro over the Torres to the Pico Ruivo is Alpine-like. The route, which has been spectacularly chiselled into the rock, can justifiably be considered the tour of kings. This is the 6th edition updated in 2014. 216 pages, 175 photos, 60 height profiles, 60 maps in 1:25,000/1:50,000, 1 overview map in 1:250,000. 60 walks. GPS data is available.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Bergverlag Rother; 6th Revised & enlarged edition (6 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3763348115
  • ISBN-13: 978-3763348114
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 16.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walking Madeira 16 Nov 2002
It's impossible to choose THE best Madeira walking guide. Ideally, buy two or three, otherwise this may be the one.
It offers an extensive range of walks, with much practical information presented attractively. There are excellent supporting pictures that do not dominate the text. Very importantly, the book is well bound and eminently pocketable. Everything I look for in a walking guide.
If you can afford one or two more, go for the Cicerone book by Paddy Dillon, and consider the Sunflower Landscapes book by John and Pat Underwood. I prefer the former, but the latter does have good pictures, a useful map, and car tours as well as walks; unfortunately it is an awkward shape and the binding is not as good - the book does not like to stay open, and looks as though it may fall apart prematurely.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Walking in Madeira, Ma Dear 18 Feb 2011
By Woody
We just used this book in Feb 2011 on our first trip to Madeira. The guide was pretty accurate at times but at others, particularly junctions of paths/after long sections of walk with no confirmatory phrases, it was weak and caused one or two problems. It would have been much more useful if it gave indications of times between points of note regarding the route, and I know these would have to be taken with a certain pinch of salt, but at times we were left wondering if the next marking point should be immediately sought or was it going to come into view in about half an hour. On the plus side it's a nice size and fits easily into a pocket. We also took the Cicerone guide as one of the walks we wanted to do wasn't in Rother. We found the Cicerone guide much more user friendly (but not perfect) and it did at least some of the time give rough times or distances between points of note on the route. We are both experienced walkers and it's not like we were using this style guide for the first time.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Directions not precise enough 22 Feb 2006
By A Customer
At first glance this book seems attractive and useful. But in use, the walk descriptions are sometimes unclear or even misleading. Plus, the author tries to make each walk fit the same amount of space in the book! This is odd as some routes must require more space to describe them properly. It seems design might be of higher priority than content.
I like the Discovery Walking Guides book for Madeira, clear and well written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 50 Finest Levada Walks 20 Sep 2009
Good lay out with excellent walks and directions from start to finish covering both mountain and levada walks - have found a couple that aren't mentioned that are more spectacular though so if you are off to Madiera look through some other walking guides that detail more walks especially along the levadas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed 20 Feb 2014
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Very impressed, especially with the topographical diagram of each walk which shows the elevation against the length of time into the walk, so enabling part of a walk to be undertaken without experiencing severe gradients, a truly valuable feature. I am not a mountain goat, and for me walking the levadas means basically level walking.

The alternative walk to 25 Fontes through the Calheta tunnel can be recommended as it avoids the pointless and less interesting climb up/down past the Rabacal forestry house, still not what I would call an easy walk but worth the effort.
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