The Central Massif – Tour Description
The Central Massif running tour is a journey through the central mountain range of Madeira Island, passing through the picturesque village of Curral das Freiras.
This running tour starts at Encumeada, a central place that splits the western plateau from the eastern mountain range. The first easy 5 km are a good warm up for what’s coming next.
After passing by the farms of Curral Jangão, you start adding some elevation gain up in the mountain, but always with some runnable sections.
After this uphill, you have a steep and technical downhill trail taking you to the village of Curral das Freiras.
Approaching the finish point, you start having some views both to the north and the south mountains of the central massif.
The last section is mostly made of steps down, so hold on your knees.
|Pickup at Hotel / Apartment / House / Meeting Point
|The pickup is set at 9:00am
|Personal Accidents and Liability Insurances Photos Pick up / Drop off Certified Guide
|Meals Running gear
The track is a 23km long and about 1.700m elevation gain/loss. The terrain is made mostly of rocky paved parts, dirt and lots of steps.
If you like this kind of trail running you should also have a look at these other tours:
Car Trip (from Funchal) – 40 minutes
Start Point – Encumeada
5km mostly flat runnable trail
4km uphill and sometimes flat trail
3km technical downhill to get inside Curral das Freiras village
1,5km road running by Curral das Freiras local road to get the trail
5km uphill trail
4km flat and mostly downhill trail to the start point
End Point – Encumeada
Car Trip (to Funchal) – 40 minutes