Hiking in Madeira
One of the most popular diversions on Madeira is hiking—the island is covered with footpaths that run among peaks and alongside levadas. The footpaths were made so the levadeiro, the person tending the levadas, could clear anything that blocked the flow of water. Some date from as far back as the 15th century. One of the most breathtaking views is from Madeira's highest peak (6,102 feet) Pico Ruivo. On a clear day you can see nearly from one end of the island to the other.
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