Climbing in Madeira

Climbing and climbingcourse in Madeira

Services included with us:
Welcome drink
Mountain sports helmet and climbing harness according to the latest CE standard
Climbing shoes
Double lanyard
AustriAlpin Fish belay device
Quickdraws for the lead climbing course
All the necessary ropes
Trilingual climbing instructor with 20 years of experience
Professional instruction in material and technique
Transfer from the active base to the climbing rock and back
Abseiling training included

Climbing in Madeira, Portugal is a great activity - in my climbing course I will teach you everything you need to know for this sport.
Climbing is not very widespread on the flower island, but I have developed a few spots. Most of them are in close proximity to the sea and allow you to take a cool dip in the Atlantic. The individual routes have different levels of difficulty, so be sure that you will find your favorite route whether you live in Santana, Funchal or Seixal.
Depending on your previous knowledge, you will learn the basic techniques such as belaying, tying in and the basic rules of climbing or lead climbing. A rappelling training also prepares you for the other activities.
Of course, I will provide you with the necessary material: helmet, climbing harness, climbing shoes, ropes and carabiners as well as a belay device.
Step by step, climbing move after climbing move, you screw yourself up the wall, always secured with a rope by your climbing partner. Conquering the route, i.e. reaching the top of the rock, creates a great sense of achievement.
I, Michael, am your climbing instructor and speak German, English and French.

What is climbing?

When climbing, one climbs more or less steep rock faces with differently pronounced structures. Small rock outcrops and holes serve as handles and steps. The combination of steepness and grip size as well as the total length of the route are decisive for the difficulty. Rocks for beginners are usually slightly inclined and the handles are large and plentiful, professionals climb even in heavily overhanging walls with small edges at wide intervals.

A distinction is made between top rope and lead climbing:

Climbing course Toprope


Climbing top rope, the rope is running through a chained anchor at the end of the route, the climber ties himself in at one end of the rope, and the belayer puts the other end into a belay device with high friction. While climbing the wall, the belayer always keeps the rope taut - the climber is immediately seated in the rope in the event of a fall.

Lead climbing

Lead climbing

During the lead climb, the belayer releases the rope via a belay device and the climber attaches it to intermediate anchors using a pair of karabiners. These are then climbed over until the next one is reached, which increases the fall distance in the event of a fall. The dynamic ropes dampen the load to a bearable level.

Rappelling training Madeira

Rappelling training

Since we need abseiling for the upcoming activities such as canyoning, I use the excellent conditions of the climbing rock to teach you to abseil. All by yourself you slide along the rope the twenty meters to the ground, of course you are secured against falling, even if you should let go of the rope completely.

Well-known climbing rocks

We'll go climbing with you at these climbing spots, the choice depends on your ability and the weather conditions.
Other sectors are in preparation.

Climbing course Paul da Serra

Paul da Serra

Climbing rock set up by Casa Vento on the Paul da Serra plateau, perfect for climbing courses in top rope climbing. Possibility for abseiling training and short distances.
Climbing Funchal


Directly on the pebble beach of Funchal there is a large boulder that is suitable for climbing. Only a good fifty meters separate this climbing area from the water, the bathing tourists watch.
Climbing Porta Abra

Porta de Abra

At the far eastern tip of the flower island is Abra Bay, where a climbing area is hidden, which can be reached in fifteen minutes from the parking lot. It is also close to the sea.
Mountaineering Pico Cidrao

Pico Cidrao

The way to the summit is actually more mountaineering than climbing, but very dangerous without protection. The view from the summit above the clouds is uniquely beautiful.
Climbing airport

Sports park Água de Pena

There is plenty of roofed space under the airport's new runway, which opened in 2000, and a small climbing wall that is fifteen meters high has been erected there.
Climbing Sao Lourenco


In the east of Madeira, on a small, dark sandy beach, there is a compact rock wall that is great for climbing. We climb in the fifth and sixth degrees under the eyes of the bathers.
Sao Goncalo, Funchal

Sao Goncalo

Belaying so to say from out of the car, short demanding routes in the 6th degree. The centrally located climbing rock faces south, here you can climb all year round.
Climbing rock Pinaculo


A somewhat tedious approach, but you can expect a beautiful rock monolith with currently two great, traditional climbing routes. Further tours are being planned, we are waiting for the bolts...
Climbing Ponta do Sol

Ponta do Sol

This small sector was on the south coast near Ponta do Sol and started directly from the pedestrian passage. For safety reasons this rock was covered with a net.
Climbing Socorridos


In the west of Funchal you will find the sector that is the best developed one in Madeira. There are plenty of routes here, most of which can also be reached from above.
Climbing area Peugeot in Funchal


In the center of Funchal, in the immediate vicinity of exit 12 of the VR 1 expressway, is Madeira's largest climbing area: Peugeot. A couple of dozen routes are waiting for you.
Climbing rock on the beach, Ribeira Brava

Ribeira Brava

Climbing right on the beach, an extremely short access and the snack bar is right next door. The routes are up to 18 meters high and completely equipped. Only lead climbing!

Well-known spots for bouldering

Bouldering is also possible in Madeira at several spots. We introduce you to those we know.
More rocks will be added soon.

Bouldering Seixal sea water swimming pool

Seixal Schwimmbad

The sea water swimming pool is located directly on the sea in Seixal. If it is empty there (for example in winter), you can do fantastic deep water solo bouldering there.
Bouldering in Seixal harbor

Seixal harbor

There is a little-used seawater swimming pool at the port of Seixal. The right flank below the holiday home offers a great 20 meter long traverse. Check the water depths first!
Bouldering hall Funchal

Bouldering hall Funchal

A brand new bouldering hall has opened in Funchal. Here you can train with the greatest possible safety in any weather. Currently only with prior reservation. Subscriptions possible
Bouldering in Porto Moniz

Porto Moniz

There are two very famous seawater swimming pools in Porto Moniz. One of them is free. There is a great spot for bouldering here. Please only climb with permission!

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