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.