Perhaps more than any other pursuit, it’s the mountain biking holidays in Madeira that get right to the heart of the changing face of tourism on the island.
The sun seekers that once monopolised the flights from Europe are now giving way to a more active generation that doesn’t want to spend their holiday lazing by the pool. The island’s seemingly endless network of trails are attracting more and more riders each year – and not only us mere mortals; you’ve probably seen pro-riders such as Brendan Fairclough and Josh Bryceland citing Madeira as their Winter training ground of choice.
The island has a bit of everything for excellent mountain biking holidays – XC trails that mix Madeira’s famous Levada’s with spectacular coastline singletrack. Flowy, woodland descents crisscrossing full-on downhill tracks and gap jumps; perfect for a day of uplifts. And my favourite: steep, technical zig-zagging footpaths that hug the cliffs on the North Coast – like some of the best trails we have here in the Lakes, only dry and warm.
If you want a full week of mountain biking or just a day or two when you’re not Whale Watching or Canyoning, just let us know and we’ll put together your ideal trip. Whatever your preferred style of riding, there’s a trail for you on Madeira.
Contact one of our team to find out more about our legendary mountain biking holidays.