Hiking, Running, Cycling & Bird Watching
Within the 130 hectare Palheiro Estate we have created nature trails for your pleasure. These can be enjoyed on bikes, for running, hiking or just a simple stroll in nature. We please ask you to respect others’ enjoyment of the Estate and to be quiet near the golfers.
The landscape of Palheiro Estate in now very different after the fires on July 18th 2012, when a large amount of forest was destroyed. Since then, with the help of government funding, we have begun a huge reforestation programme planting indigenous Madeira species such as; Til, Barbusano & Laurel, as well as the removal of invasive trees that were introduced to the Island - Mimosa and Eucalyptus. The result is a landscape offering stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Desertas islands, the bay of Funchal and the mountains of Madeira.
On your walks keep an eye out for some of our wildlife such as the rare “Trocaz” Pigeons and the Macaronesian Sparrowhawk.
All our trails begin and end at the Palheiro Golf clubhouse where you can enjoy spectacular sunsets and the wonderful views over the bay of Funchal.