A Guide to bus camping on Madeira Island

a winding road in the middle of a forest

Photo by Alen Smola

Madeira though small in size, packs a lot for a small rock in the middle of Atlantic. While renting a car seems like the ideal option to explore Madeira, if you're travelling on a budget it may be too expensive. The solution - travel by bus. Picture this: winding through narrow, curvy roads, enjoying the breathtaking views, and mingling with the friendly locals. Such an experience!

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PR.1 Vereda do Areeiro – Best hike in Madeira

montanhas, miradouro, ninho da manta

Photo by Colin Watts on Unsplash

If you're a mountain lover visiting Madeira, hiking the Vereda do Areeiro (PR.1) is an absolute must-do. This challenging trail connects three of the island's highest peaks: Pico Ruivo (1862m), Pico das Torres (1851m), and Pico do Areeiro (1817m). While the hike is incredibly rewarding, it can also be quite strenuous, especially on hotter days. Be sure to bring enough water for the entire hike, as there are no opportunities to refill along the way due to the trail's high altitude. Additionally, proper footwear is crucial for this intensive hike – leave the sandals behind and opt for shoes with good grip and support.

DISTANCE: 7.0 km E | 6.1km O

TIME: 3.5h E | 3h W

HEIGHT : 1491m 1857m

arreiro view

If you're unable to complete the entire hike, we recomme... Read more

Fanal – a unique place in Madeira Island

What should we do for a Saturday Morning? Drive to  the mountains and recharge from the hard working week.Let's hug a tree, inhale the perfume of the mountain and feel the cold air. Perfect plan. This was what me and Nancy decided to do for the weekend. Our plan was to have lunch in Rabaçal, at "Nature Spot Cafe", a new and cosy restaurant on the mountain, and then finally go for a walk  on Fanal. Nancy was very excited for the chance to met Fanal with sun. Last 5 times, we were there, we always had a foggy rainy day, not so dry, but still it was magical and mysterious.

Wich road?

Best route to Paul da Serra is  by ER110, but unfortunately on this day it was closed due to maintenance,therefore we went up by  ER211, in Calheta... Read more

MadeiraCamping has a blog

It's been a long time since MadeiraCamping has become a real thing. It all started back in 2014. At that time I was quite active on couch Surfing, and while some couch surfers offered their couch, I was offering a camping experience on the mountains. Pretty cool, hun?. Soon I realise there was not much information about camping on Madeira. I start receiving a lot of questions from other couch surfers, about camping, that I decided to start collecting information to make it easy for them and for me. Later I realised that this information could help, not only couch surfers, but everyone that wanted to know Madeira with a backpack. And this is how MadeiraCamping was born.

I love this small piece of land in the Atlantic ocean, everybody should love it too.

And like everything in life, wh...

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