For centuries, Madeira Island has thrived as an important sea trade route between Europe, Africa, and South America. Stories of pirates, rum-running, whale hunters, sugar plantations – this is the legend of Madeira’s past.
These days, Madeira has gone from being known as The Rum Island to one of the top adventure capitals of Europe
Being a remote island in the middle of the Atlantic, Madeira is home to a unique vibrant culture, beautifully preserved UNESCO forests, stunning coastline, and truly wild mountains.
We want to show you the hidden sides of Madeira by exploring the island in much the same way as the pioneering inhabitants of the past; by leaving the signed trails and Instagram-famous view points behind.
Our Madeira Island Expedition will take you to places that even most locals have never heard about or been to. You’ll trek in lush valleys, rappel down waterfalls, discover lost beaches, and sample the many flavors of the island’s culinary traditions.
Madeira gives us the best of multiple worlds: challenging hikes, mesmerizing landscapes, unique accommodation, incredible food, and super nice people.
Only one question remains: are you ready to discover one of Europe’s best-kept secrets?
Madeira is blessed with a sub-tropical climate – meaning that most parts of the island have the eternal spring vibe.
January – February are the rainy months when on occasion some of the high peaks get snowfall. Summers (June – August) are typically hotter and busier.
There is a rule here on Maderia: if it is raining on one part of the island, there is usually some sun to be found on the other side.
There are no dangerous animals or plants on Madeira.
The biggest danger on the island is its natural features. The ocean is notoriously powerful and every year a few people are swept out to sea.
The mountains and rivers present their own inherent dangers as well – which is why we plan our hikes to places we know well and that are relatively safe for most hiking skill levels.
Madeira Island is in Portugal and is also part of the European Union (EU).
Free visas on arrival are standard for most western nationalities including the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and every other country in the EU.
Madeiran food is amazing and getting the chance to try many different local dishes is one of the best parts of this expedition.
The food on Madeira is seasonal, but expect to eat lots of fresh fruit (including tropical fruits like passion fruit and banana), local seafood, tasty salads, shellfish, barbecue, and of course, the famous drink from the Island; Poncha.
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