Old track descent to Madelena

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Key information: Old track descent to Madelena

    Descend a hugely atmospheric old track from Pico to Madelena 

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating90
  • Beauty31
  • Natural interest14
  • Human interest14
  • Charisma31
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating90

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 2.5 hrs.
  • Maximum Altitude: N/A
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
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Old track descent to Madelena: Old lava tunnel entrace near walk start - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

The hugely atmospheric old track from Pico to Madelena starts at a fascinating short lava tunnel high above Madalena, with a ferny micro-climate grotto as a delightful bonus.

Descend steadily across fields then on an old track, through beautiful rocky fields, Ireland-green from the regular rainfall, then woodland and agricultural plots, directly towards Madelena and Faial across the water.

(You can start higher, from the road to the Pico Mountain House, for longer walk.)

The route follows red-marked trails on the Kompass Azores map 1.

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For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Pico and Azores walk pages.

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Old track descent to Madelena: Looking back at Pico - © William Mackesy

Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and potential problems, and many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks, dangers and problems. Problems of any sort can arise on any walk. This website does not purport to identify any (or all) actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to any particular walk.

Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

Anyone planning an expedition to this place should see further important information about this walk.

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