Touch clouds from these mountainous hiking trails in Madeira
When we say the sky's the limit here, we really mean it
image Francesco Vaninetti / Robertharding via Getty
words Lucy O'Brien
Welcome to Wanderlust Wonders: each week we’ll be cleansing your feed with a feel-good snapshot of somewhere beautiful, both in and out of this world.
Today, we’re taking you to the Portuguese island of Madeira, which is home to mountain trails that bring visitors within inches of low-altitude clouds.
What am I looking at?
The Madeiran mountain trails – not to be confused with a literal pathway to the heavens – is a bucket-list must. This specific trail is known as Vereda do Areeiro: the trail that links Pico Ruivo to Pico do Arieiro, which are some of the highest mountain peaks on the island at 1862-1818m. On any given day, hikers who trek high enough can come face to face with (or even look down upon) layers of low-altitude clouds – a rare sight for us mere mortals. The hiking trails are a rare opportunity to get lost in nature, find quiet and appreciate open spaces; if you're looking for an active retreat, or even a digital detox, it looks like you've just found the spot.
Tell me more…
The island of Madeira is perfect for adventure seekers. Sure, the landscape’s beauty, culture and pretty much year-round sunny weather brings a constant level of attraction, but the majority of Madeira’s tourists travel here for the island’s fun outdoor experiences. The mountainous trails are a hotspot for extreme mountain bikers, while the island’s waves attract keen surfers from around Europe. The walking trails, however, in which you can ascend to Pico Ruivo's stunning peak, offer views unlike any other in the world. Oh, did we mention that there are at least 30 different official trails to explore? Sign us up!
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