Trail running is considered one of the most popular outdoor activities on the Island by locals and visitors alike. Machico is a place of reference for the sport, with trails that vary from sea level to around 1500 metres altitude.
Known internationally for its natural beauty and demanding nature, Madeira has become a European reference, with some of the most spectacular trails in Portugal.
Thanks to its mountainous terrain, sports culture, pleasant climate and infrastructures, Madeira is a favourite among European athletes.
Porto da Cruz has the largest concentration of trails on the Island. Training courses of various levels have been developed, encouraging athletes to put their resistance to the test.
There are 8 routes in total, adding up to 100km of training area with varying degrees of difficulty, giving athletes of all levels the possibility to train according to their goals.
Most training courses are part of the official events circuits, making it common to find athletes of all nationalities training for these events.
It is becoming frequent for holidaymakers to include Trail running on their holiday, making Porto da Cruz and Machico a priority.
If you have not tried Trail Running, here are some suggestions.