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Madalena is a town on the Azorean island of Pico. It is also the seat of a municipality of the same name located in the western part of the island. Madalena is an important regional centre on Pico. Transmaçor ferries connect Madalena with Horta on Faial.
Depending on where you want to go, you have to do a little bit of walking out of town along the main roads. The town isn't huge though, so it should normally not be a problem. Bus stops along the road are a good place to wait (there aren't many buses anyway).
West towards Bandeiras, Pico Airport, Santa Luzia, Santo António, São Roque do Pico, Prainha, Santo Amaro, Piedade
There is a good hitchhiking spot at a bus stop near a super market (see Hitchwiki map) in the northeast of Madalena. Just try along the way anyway.
West towards Mount Pico
Follow the main road to Valverde (still part of Madalena) and walk straight further up and out of town. There is comparatively little traffic on this main road though, so you need a little bit of luck. Chances should be better in the morning, when hikers pass to climb Mount Pico.
South/Southeast towards Candelária, São Mateus, São João, Lajes do Pico, Ribeiras, Calheta de Nesquim
Walk along the main road towards Criação Velha.
Accommodation and Sleep
Madalena is not ideal for wild camping. You have to walk out of town for a little while to find a suitable spot and the ground is very rocky. Otherwise there is also a (cheap) camping site in town.
Other useful info
In the surrounding areas, wine is traditionally grown within the black volcanic rock environment.