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Walking in Madeira

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4.7 Based on 24 Reviews
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-95 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-7902
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Starts Machico, Portugal
  • Ends Funchal, Portugal
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Superb walking through Madeira's botanical paradise
  • Flowerlined levadas with stunning coastal views
  • Spectacular mountain scenery at Pico Ruivo, the island's highest peak
  • Picturesque fishing villages and the historic town of Funchal
  • Mild yearround climate, perfect for walking
The "Walking In Madeira" trip starts from Machico and ends in Funchal. It is a trekking tour that takes 8 days taking you through Porto da Cruz, Encumeada, Santana and 3 other destinations in Portugal. "Walking In Madeira" is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Discover the wild and varied scenery of Madeira, from gentle strolls along flower-lined levadas (the island's centuries-old waterways) and spectacular coastal footpaths, to more demanding forays amongst the jagged ridges and peaks of the rugged volcanic interior. There is time to relax by the sea in the village of Machico and discover the historic importance of Funchal, an old trade centre famous for exporting sugar and wine to the Indies and the New World.
  • Day 1: Start Machico.
  • Day 2: Walk to the easternmost point of the island, Ponta de São Lourenço, a rocky peninsula with ocean views for miles.
  • Day 3: Spectacular walk along the north coast path to the village of Porto da Cruz.
  • Day 4: Transfer to Queimadas; walk along Levada do Caldeirão Verde to the remote village of Ilha.
  • Day 5: Early departure for sunrise at the island's highest mountain, Pico Ruivo; continue the path to Pico Arieiro; transfer to Funchal.
  • Day 6: Magnificent scenery along the Levada do Norte
  • Day 7: Free day to explore Funchal or join an optional whale-watching excursion
  • Day 8: End Funchal.
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
4.7 - Excellent
Based on 24 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 21 2020
4 - Very Good
Eye Opening Views and Great Weather
On the interior of the island I sometimes I felt that I as walking through a set for a prehistoric film with towering spires of solidified lava, lush vegetation, and some plants that are pot plants in the UK growing wild to giant... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Dec 02 2019
5 - Excellent
Great walking in a beautiful island
This is a great week's walking with a lot of variety in the walks covered. The hotels are generally of a good standard and the food was good and varied, with plenty of fresh fish and salads.
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 22 2019
5 - Excellent
Walking in Madeira
A week of varied walking and a chance to get away from the crowd. We were impressed by the stunning scenery in challenging terrain and weather conditions.
  • Anonymous
  • On May 25 2019
5 - Excellent
Walking week
Great holiday, good walks
REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Walking in Madeira tour. You can cancel the tour up to 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 07 February 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 07 February 2023, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Walking in Madeira 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.


For this Walking in Madeira 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 traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many days are enough for Europe?

    You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent. 

    Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.

  • What is the best time to go to Portugal?

    There is no bad time to visit Portugal, but April to October are considered the best. For a seasonal overview, check out our article on the best time to visit Portugal.

  • What are the best places to travel to in Portugal?

    The best places to visit in Portugal are going to depend on your preference. If you are into medieval cities, head to Obidos. The town is also popular for its chocolate festival. If you are looking for a relaxed surf town vibe, ​then ​Ericeira or Peniche is what you are looking for. For a foodie adventure, Porto will satiate all your culinary desires.

  • How many days should you spend in Portugal?

    We recommend spending at least 10 days in Portugal to experience the country’s culture and see its top attractions. Find out more about how long to spend in Portugal with our guide.

  • What is the best way to travel in Portugal?

    The public transport networks in Portugal are pretty decent. Scenic trains are highly affordable, but if you are short on time, the buses will normally be quicker. It is probably one of the only places where buses are quicker than trains.

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