MADERIA, PORTUGAL - Madeira is popular for its wine, food, gorgeous landscapes, and culture. As you will see in Madeira the hiking possibilities are endless. On our bus and walking tour the paths were full of lush greenery, flowers, and ocean backdrops but very dangerous, especially when wet. If you need a hiking challenge this stunning subtropical island is often compared to Hawaii for its volcanic landscapes, rugged coastline, and botanical wonders.
Although it's part of Portugal the island of Madeira is closer to Africa than it is to Europe. Two-thirds of the island is classified as a nature reserve and the volcanic soil means that pretty much anything can grow on the land. The island's peaks and ravines are pretty much deserted leaving them free for hiking, climbing, mountain biking.
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