Madeira is a compact hiker’s paradise in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean that charms with its rugged, rocky coastlines, mystical forests shrouded in clouds, and panoramic peaks. The south of this Portugese archipelago is sunny and rocky, whilst the north and inland areas are green and covered in unspoilt nature. Located just off the Moroccan coast, the year-round mild climate makes these islands an attractive destination for hikers in every season.
The two Jack Wolfskin Influencers Rachel Bowler (instagram.com/rachelbowler) and Elliot Simpson (instagram.com/elliotjsimpson) set off to Madeira to explore the islands most beautiful regions. They followed three Wolftrails through wild landscapes, experiencing the different sides of the island’s unique nature. In the north, they hiked through enchanting laurel forests, that are often shrouded in mist, near Fanal. The gnarled trees covered with lichen look like they are from a film set and are a fantastic photo motif.
The second Tour took Rachel and Elliot up to 1,862 metres (6,108 feet) to the highest mountain on the island. At sunset, the sky comes alive in colours. The easternmost tip of Madeira was the setting for the third Tour. Here, mighty waves thunder against the steep coast on the São Lourenço Peninsula. Rachel and Elliot really felt the power of the tides.
If you want to follow in the footsteps of our influencers, pack a waterproof jacket and hiking boots with a non-slip tread. The weather is equally as changeable as Madeira’s varied landscapes. It is precisely these constantly changing conditions that make the island so unique. Hiking with a view of the Atlantic – it’s simply magical!
To get a taste of their incredible journey, check out this video:
Stepping out of your car in Fanal, Madeira makes you feel like you’ve just transported into a movie scene.
The Laurisilva forest, located on Paul da Serra on the north-side of Madeira, is a UNESCO world heritage site, and most of the time it is shrouded in moody fog (exactly what we’d hoped for).
This peninsula is the easternmost point of the island of Madeira and it is known for it’s sunshine, the perfect weather for a coastal walk (don’t forget your suncream)! This hike is an easy one with blue ocean views surrounding you. It is a 6.2km return trip, which will probably take around 3-4 hours…
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This peninsula is the easternmost point of the island of Madeira and it is known for it’s sunshine, the perfect weather for a coastal walk (don’t forget your suncream)! This hike is an easy one with blue ocean views surrounding you. It is a 6.2 km return trip, which will probably take around 3 to 4 hours…
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