MIUT - Madeira Island Ultra Trail
15 nov 2021
Imagine an island planted in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, 900 km from mainland Portugal and about 600 km off the coast of Morocco, an island where there is still a preserved endemic Laurissilva forest, World Natural Heritage by UNESCO. Madeira is a land of unique beauty and countless charms and challenges, no doubt.
MIUT – Madeira Island Ultra Trail will provide an exciting challenge, across the island, from sea-to-sea, in the Northwest-Southeast direction, starting in Porto Moniz, at sea level, with passages by the highest points of the island, then again to sea level, in Machico. A journey that will transport the participants imagination to other times in which the soul of Madeira was not overcome by the vicissitudes of the orography of the island.
The first phase of MIUT (night) unfolds in the Western mountainous massif, between Porto Moniz and Encumeada and is characterized by being an authentic constant up and down, with two highly challenging climbs (Fanal and Estanquinhos) and a particularly technical descent to Chão da Ribeira, demanding close attention.
The second phase (Encumeada-Areeiro) starts with an incursion to Curral da Freiras, once a place of refuge for the nuns who ran as fast as they could to escape the attacks of the Corsairs.
In Pico do Areeiro, we enter the third and final stage of the competition, in the Eastern massif, mostly descending but with some climbs in between.
The next edition of MIUT – Madeira Island Ultra Trail will again be a living testimony of a set of exciting challenges and opportunities not to be missed!