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  • Climbing in Madeira Island

      The island of Madeira is composed of mostly volcanic rock which makes for quite rugged terrain.  Climbers can enjoy numerous aspects of this island including the mainland mountain range, sea cliffs and the cliffs on the northern edge.
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        No climbing guide has been edited on climbing routes in Madeira Island and sport climbing routes are almost nonexistent. However, most of the coastal cliffs can be accessed from the top to place a security rope. But the vast playground of Madeira is still unexplored. This happens to  provide an excellent chance for trad climbers to open new routes.

        In Madeira you will find climbing routes for all levels. The coastal cliffs are the best to initiate yourself to climbing with easy climbs and access, like in São Gonçalo in Funchal, Formosa Beach just west of Funchal or Ponta de São Lourenço in Caniçal. For experienced climbers there are many routes in a mountain environment in Pico Ruivo and Pico do Areeiro.  The majority of the rock in Madeira Island is basaltic which provides very solid walls.

        If you never climbed before or if you already have some experience and want to progress, or just want to discover new spots to climb contact one of the Madeira companies that organize climbing activities.
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