— In Madeira, Walk with Us.



As a safety measure, The Peaks walk (Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo) is closed as of Saturday 12 October 2013 due to a rockfall on the path.

Madeira Walks: The Peaks (Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo)

Pico Ruivo, Madeira’s highest peak at 1861m (and one of the 1,515 ultra prominent peaks in the world, is still accessible from Achada do Teixeia (PR 1.2) or Encumeada (PR 1.3) for a more challenging walk!

We will adjust our offer on Saturdy to include a visit to Pico Ruivo and publish a new Saturday offer shortly.

— Nature Meetings. In Madeira, walk with us.

Madeira on Eurosport

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New Madeira ad campaign on Eurosport

Madeira Islands have a new advertising campaign on the Eurosport platform (TV, internet and mobile) reaching more than 26 million people.

The goal is to promote Madeira internationally not just as a hiking destination but, more broadly, as an all year round nature tourism and active holidays destination.

Besides TV spots, there’s also a microsite with videos and pictures about the best outdoor activities in Madeira.

The Trekking video was done along some of Nature Meetings’s guided walks and at 2’20” you can even meet Gerry, our walk master! 😉

— Nature Meetings. In Madeira, walk with us.

Best Island in Europe? Madeira!

Madeira Islands win the 2013 World Travel Award as Europe’s Leading Island Destination.

WTA 2013 Europe Leading Island Destination - Madeira Islands

Madeira and Porto Santo Islands‘ top quality as a holiday destination have been recognized by the WTA 2013. Competing against the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Cyprus, Malta and Sardinia, Madeira Islands top place in the rank is all the more remarkable.

WTA World Travel Awards 2013 - Madeira IslandsA clear sign of Madeira’s global excellence as a travel destination, the WTA prize acknowledges the superiority of Madeira’s hotels and activities as well as the success of its environment and preservation programmes.

As a boutique travel agency in Madeira, we are proud to contribute everyday to making Madeira the 2013 WTA Europe’s Leading Islands Destination.

— Nature Meetings. In Madeira Walk with us.

NOTICE TO WALKERS: Madeira Wine Rally 2013

All Nature Meetings levada walks will take place normally during the 2013 Madeira Rally (August 2 to 4).

The only exception is The Peaks walk (Pilgrim’s Path), on Saturday the 3rd of August, which will be walked “the-other-way-around”, from Achada do Texeira (Pico Ruivo) to Pico Arieiro.

If you’re an independent walker or if you choose to follow the rally, please keep your safety and that of others in mind at all times. Always cooperate with the rally Safety Marshals, the police, and with any member of the organization. For further info, check the RVM website and get to know their spectator safety instructions.

— Nature Meetings. In Madeira, walk with us.

Madeira Levada Walks – The Peaks


Madeira Levada Walks - The Peaks

— Nature Meetings. In Madeira, walk with us.

Walking is healthier than running

Brisk walking reduces the risk of heart disease more effectively than running when the energy expenditure of both activities is balanced out, a compared study has found.

Madeira Levada Walks by Nature Meetings

The effects on participants, aged 18 to 80, were observed over a period of six years.

Running reduced the risk of heart disease by 4.5% while walking reduced it by 9.3%.

Calorie for calorie, walking also had a stronger impact on heart disease risk factors:

  • the risk of first-time high blood pressure was reduced by 4.2% by running and 7.2% by walking.
  • first-time high cholesterol risk was lowered by 4.3% by running and 7% by walking.
  • the risk of first-time diabetes was reduced by about 12% by both walking and running.

“Walking and running provide an ideal test of the health benefits of moderate-intensity walking and vigorous-intensity running because they involve the same muscle groups and the same activities performed at different intensities,” said study leader Dr Paul Williams, from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.

“The more the runners ran, and the walkers walked, the better off they were in health benefits. If the amount of energy expended was the same between the two groups, then the health benefits were comparable.

“People are always looking for an excuse not to exercise but now they have a straightforward choice to run or to walk and invest in their future health.”

— Nature Meetings. In Madeira, walk with us.

Madeira: Europe’s Leading Island Destination

Madeira is running for Europe’s Leading Island Destination on the 2013 World Travel Awards (WTA). Nicknamed the “Oscars” of the tourism and travel industry, the WTA acknowledges, rewards and celebrates excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.

If you wish, you too can vote for Madeira as Europe’s Leading Island Destination!

— Nature Meetings. In Madeira, Walk with us.

Madeira Sailing Week

Sea, Sailing & Fun

Madeira Sailing Week

Madeira Sailing Week 2013 (August 11 to 18) is your chance to live a unique experience aboard a private yacht, sailing from Madeira to Porto Santo and back in a week filled with the best in Madeira.

Sailing, outdoor activities, exclusive parties, breathtaking seascapes and white sandy beaches.


Drop us a line for, extra info & booking.

— Nature Meetings. In Madeira, Sail with us.

Desertas Islands

Madeira’s little secret.

A mere 25 km off the easternmost tip of Madeira Island, the Desertas islands only recently begun getting the attention they deserve.

Already a partial Nature Reserve, Bugio, Deserta Grande and Ilhéu Chão are the 3 small islands that make this “desert” archipelago where you can find exquisite endemic flora and fauna and a unique sense of wilderness.

Desertas Islands, Madeira

An European Council specialist has recently visited the islands to evaluate the Deserta’s candidature to the European Protected Area Diploma – and he has only great things to say about what he found!

If you wish to visit the Desertas Islands and discover its hidden secrets, contact us.

— Nature Meetings. In Madeira, we take you further.

Officially Approved Walks

Three new walkways on Madeira Island officially approved.

Madeira Levada Walks Official by Francisco CorreiaPhoto by Francisco Correia

This approval – adding about 6.4 kilometres to the official walks total extension – means better information and greater security to the walkers.

The three walks, which have been labeled as “PR – Pequenas Rotas” (walking routes), are:

. PR 21 – Caminho do Norte (Encumeada – Ribeira Grande)
. PR 22 – Vereda do Chão dos Louros
. PR 23 – Levada da Azenha (Azenha – Caminho Velho do Castelo)

If you wish to explore these new officially recommended walks in Madeira, contact us for a tailor made walking tour.

— Nature Meetings. In Madeira, walk with us.

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