Discover Madeira has announced the launch of the new Madeira Ocean Trails, a campaign to promote active tourism on the island.

Madeira Ocean Trails is hosting a selection of events on the island, offering active visitors the chance to be fully immersed in nature whilst running or hiking at any pace.

On this year’s agenda is the third edition of EcoTrail Funchal - Madeira Island, taking place on Saturday October 28. EcoTrails takes place annually in ten destinations around Europe and comprises of 80km, 40km, 25km and 15km races.

These four routes will take place on Madeira’s Ocean Trails and are unique as they combine urban and rural trail running. They aim to combine running with ecological and environment sustainability. These are manifested in Madeira during the lead-up to the event as reforestation, requalification of green spaces, cleaning and recovery of paths take place, among other projects.

Next year, there are two events; Madeira Island Ultra Trail, an endurance race taking place on April 28, 2018. It begins in Porto Moniz, at sea level, with passages by the highest points of the island, and then finishing at Machico. The other challenge awaiting thrill-seekers is the Ultra SkyMarathon, which will take place on June 1. The Ultra SkyMarathon Madeira is a technical mountain race which consists of steep slopes and trails in Santana.

For details see madeiraallyear.com

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