Funchal Highlands Running Tour is one of the our best tours for beginners. It’s not completely flat but also not too much challenging.
This tour starts at a local meeting point to the Madeirans, the Poiso coffee spot (1412m). You start in the forest level of Funchal highlands running along an old levada before going uphill.
After 7km with alternate flat and uphill trails you reach to the top of Pico Areeiro (1818m). Here you have one of the highlights of the tour, a breathtaking view to the highest mountains of the island.
From the top you can see almost all the highest peaks of Madeira. Looking at the north direction you’ll see Pico das Torres (1853m), the 2nd, and if you look carefully you see the top of Pico Ruivo (1861m), the top of the island.
The way down is a little technical on the first kilometer but the rest of the way is made in very comfortable trails back again to the start point.
|Meeting Location||Pickup at Hotel / Apartment / House / Meeting Point|
|Meeting Time||The pickup start at 8:30am and will be scheduled individually|
|Included||Personal Accidents and Liability Insurances Photos Pick up / Drop off Certified Guide|
|Not Included||Meals Running gear|
The track is a loop of 14km and about 600m elevation gain/loss. The terrain is made of dirt and some rocks.
In this tour the uphills are not very long, you always have in between some flat trails to recover.
If you want to explore the trail between the peaks you should have a look at The Peaks Quest Running Tour.
Car Trip (from Funchal) – 30 minutes
Start Point – Poiso
7km alternate flat and uphill trail to reach Pico Areeiro
View from the top of Pico Areeiro (1818m)
8km comfortable downhill to the starting point
End Point – Poiso
Car Trip (to Funchal) – 30 minutes