Madeira Island Walking

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4 Based on 12 Reviews
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-16497
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Funchal, Portugal
  • Ends Funchal, Portugal
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Mild temperatures & year-round walking opportunities, even in the heart of winter
  • Walk along Madeira's unique ‘levadas’ system – the only place in the world
  • Treat yourself to a mix of 4* and smaller traditional properties in beautiful surroundings
  • Take in the dramatic mountains, deep valleys and rugged Atlantic coastline
  • Summit Pico Ruivo (1862m) - Madeira's highest peak
  • Admire the exotic and tropical flora
  • Choice in walks on several days
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The "Madeira Island Walking" tour starts and ends in Funchal. It is a walking tour that takes 8 days taking you through Porto da Cruz, Ribeiro Frio, Madeira and 3 other destinations in Portugal. "Madeira Island Walking" is a self-guided private tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Follow the Levadas to discover the dramatic and rugged mountain scenery on the island of Madeira. Our team have devised a walking itinerary that exemplifies the best that Madeira has to offer. Traverse the terraced hillsides and follow local trails and ‘levadas’ through the peaceful, idyllic countryside and ultimately reach the island’s highest peak (Pico Ruivo, 1862 metres). Stay at a mix of 4* and smaller traditional properties in beautiful surroundings and learn more about the island through our detailed route notes.
Closer to Africa than Europe, the Portuguese island of Madeira is blessed with a mild and equable climate all year round. Volcanic in origin, Madeira’s rugged interior rises abruptly to over 1800 metres, with forests of fragrant pine, eucalyptus and laurel flanking its jagged peaks. You will find colourful flowers and trees in bloom at all times of the year but the island is ideal for a walking holiday for another reason: its elaborate network of ‘levadas’ (irrigation channels), which wind their way across gullies and steep slopes to more than 2000km/1250 miles of channels and over 40km/25 miles of tunnels.
*An extra day is recommended in the bustling little capital of Funchal so that you will have time to visit a Madeira wine lodge, explore the colourful markets and the famous botanical gardens, enjoy the superb fish restaurants or spend more time at the picturesque Monte neighbourhood. Another extra day can be requested in Santana where you can enjoy a beautiful walk along the Levada do Caldeirao Verde.
  • Day 1 : Arrive Madeira
  • Day 2 : Machico: Walk to Porto da Cruz 12.2 km /7.5 miles, 3.5h - or Marocos 12.2 km /7.5 miles, 3h
  • Day 3 : Machico to Santo da Serra via Sao Lourenco peninsula 9.12km /5.7 miles, 3.5h
  • Day 4 : Santo da Serra: Monte to Camacha 14.9km /9.25 miles, 4h45
  • Day 5 : Walk Camacha to Santo da Serra, transfer to Santana 16 km /10 miles, 5-6h
  • Day 6 : Achada do Teixeira to Encumeada, incl. Pico Ruivo 16 km /10 miles, 6h
  • Day 7 : Boa Morte to Cabo Girao (bus to Funchal) 12 km /7 miles, 4 hrs
  • 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
  • Vehicle transfers day 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
  • Luggage transfer
  • Information pack including route notes, GPX files & 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
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room
  • Guide - this is a self guided holiday
  • A tourist tax maybe requested from your accommodation that you pay to them directly.
  • Excesss Luggage
4 - Very Good
Based on 12 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On May 13 2024
4 - Very Good
Very Good
We enjoyed the trip. The walking was quite varied and not too demanding. The drop-offs and pick-ups were well organised. We liked staying in the different hotels, particularly the small Quinta in the mountains.
  • Anonymous
  • On May 08 2024
4 - Very Good
Very Good
Madeira is wonderful walking terrain with spectacular views and lots of interesting flora.
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 24 2024
5 - Excellent
There was a bit of confusing communication initially that our trip was booked by them with and the local tour company. Once we navigated that though, which wasn’t overly challenging, we were very impressed by all the... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 09 2024
5 - Excellent
We recently visited Madeira for a walking holiday. Everything from transfers and accommodation to the interactive mapping app showing the routes for our daily walks was excellent. The walks themselves were easy to moderate grade... Read more
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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.


For any tour departures within 25 September 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 25 September 2024, a deposit of 195 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip 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. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


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 traveling 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.

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 global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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