- duration 8 days
- tour type Self-guided
- age requirement 18+ years old
- guiding method Self guided/Independent
- Walking the Levadas and Trails
- Dramatic Mountains, Deep Valleys and Rugged Coastlines
- Year Round Trekking
- Exotic Flora
Follow the Levadas to discover the dramatic and rugged mountain scenery on the island of Madeira. The beautiful Portuguese Island of Madeira lies well out in the Atlantic where the Gulf Stream affords it a mild and equable year round climate. Volcanic in origin the rugged interior rises abruptly to over 1800 metres/6000 feet. Forests of pine, eucalyptus and laurel flank its jagged peaks. A characteristic feature of the island is the elaborate system of levadas or irrigation channels. Over the centuries this network has extended to more than 2000km of channels and more than 40kms of tunnels. They wind their way across gullies and steep slopes bringing water to the coastal settlements and farms. Many of the levadas can be followed on foot and these together with a network of local trails make even the most remote parts of the island accessible. Spring and autumn are the ideal times to visit the island when a myriad of colourful flowers and trees are in bloom; jasmine, begonias, freesias, magnolia and camellias form just a part of the spectacular flora. We have devised an itinerary that exemplifies the best walking that the island has to offer. Our walks follow levadas through a peaceful pastoral countryside or traverse terraced hillsides. More challenging trails climb up to the rugged volcanic peaks of the interior, to Pico Ruivo, at 1860 metres the islands highest peak. Our itinerary ends in the bustling little capital of Funchal. An extra day is recommended in Funchal so that you will have time to visit a Madeira wine lodge, explore colourful food and flower markets and enjoy superb fish restaurants. Also you can spend more time at Monte or the famous botanical gardens.
Day 1 : Arrive Madeira, Funchal Airport
Day 2 : Walk to Marocos 12.2 km /7.5 miles, 3 h or to Porto da Cruz 12.2 km/7.5 miles, 3.5 h
Day 3 : Sao Lourenco peninsula 9.12km /5.7 miles, 3.5 h
Day 4 : Camacha to Santo da Serra along the Levada dos Tornos 17 km /11 miles, 4h
Day 5 : Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio 13.5 km /8.3 miles, 5 - 6 h
Day 6 : Achada to Teixeira to Encumeada 16 km /10 miles, 6 h
Day 7 : Encumeada to Funchal 10.5 km/6.3 miles, 4 h or 15.3 km/9.5 miles, 5 - 6 h
Day 8 : Arrangements end after breakfast
- 4 nights accommodation in pensions & guesthouses & 3 nights in 4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
- Transfer from Funchal airport to first accommodation and from last accommodation back to Funchal airport.
- 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
- Luggage transfer
- Vehicle transfers day 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
- Information pack including route notes and maps
- Emergency hotline
- 4 dinners, all lunches & beverages
- Entrance fees
- Travel insurance
- Travel to Funchal (and back at the end of the tour)
- Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
- Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Madeira Island Walking tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.Payment
A deposit may be required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 69 days before departure.Travel Insurance
Madeira Island Walking tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Madeira Island Walking tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.For Solo Travelers
A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.