8 days
Duration
Easy
Difficulty
Portugal
Location
October-April
Availability

  Walk high above the sea on Madeira’s sunny south coast

 Explore the dramatic cliffs of the São Lourenço peninsula

  Tranquil walks in the enchanting Laurisilva forests

 Relax after your walks with fresh seafood and a glass of the local fortified wine

  Stay in comfortable 4* hotels with swimming pools


Easy hiking on Madeira for the whole family

Madeira is a true walker’s paradise. It’s breathtaking landscapes have recently seen it voted as Europe’s best island destination for the 6th time by World Travel Awards.

Sitting serenely in the Atlantic Ocean, 600 miles south of Portugal and 400 miles from the African coast, the island emerged 8 million years ago from a volcanic hot spot. Covered by an immense primitive forest (Madeira means “wood” in Portuguese), the Portuguese spent years and then centuries carving intricate terraces into the steep hillsides and creating a 2000-mile network of scenic canals (known as Levadas) to grow a variety of crops on the island’s rich and volcanic soils. Discover Madeira’s secrets as you walk the levadas and panoramic coastal paths, visit traditional villages and witness the terrace cultivation, gorges, waterfalls, forests and of course the many endemic flora that earned Madeira the nickname of “the flower island”.

8 DAY TOUR From €899 per person sharing*

*A high season supplement will apply from December 24 to January 5.
*A single supplement fee will apply to solo walkers.

ACCOMMODATION In very comfortable 4**** hotels on a bed & breakfast basis (3*** in Funchal during Christmas week). All rooms are en-suite.

If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked.

You can also book additional nights at any of the hotels along the way.

AVAILABILITY You can start your trip on any day of the week (subject to availability) from October to April.
INCLUDED
7 nights in selected hotels with en suite facilities
7 Breakfasts
1 lunch in Seixal on day 4
Taxi transfer from and to Funchal airport
All transfers mentioned in the itinerary
Luggage transportation
Road Book with detailed walking itineraries &  highlighted maps
1 general map of Madeira 1:40,000
Pre-departure information pack
24/7 telephone support
NOT INCLUDED
Flights & travel insurance
Lunches & dinners not mentioned above
Drinks and snacks
Anything else not mentioned in the “included” section
OPTIONAL EXTRAS
 Additional nights before, during or after the walk
Single Room Supplement(s)
DIFFICULTY This holiday is rated as easy overall, with walks of between 2 and 4 hours and average asents/descents of 100m – 400m.

 

1

Day 1: Arrive in Madeira and transfer to Santo da Serra

Meet and greet at the airport with a taxi transfer to the small inland village of Santo de Serra.

Overnight: 4* hotel with swimming pool in Santo da Serra.

2

Day 2: Coastal walk on the Sao Lourenço peninsula

Distance: 7 km | Ascent: 400 m | Descent: 400 m| 3 hrs approx.

This walk explores the finest cliff scenery on Madeira, with amazing colours and shapes. The semi-arid climate and its exposure to North winds have sculpted the low vegetation and explain the lack of trees, which distinguishes this area from the rest of the Island. Swimming opportunities on a small sandy beach.

Overnight: 4* hotel with swimming pool in Santo da Serra.

3

Day 3: Caldeiro Verde

Distance: 12 km | Ascent: 90 m | Descent: 90 m| 3½ hrs approx.

A short transfer to the start of your walk where you will discover one of the most spectacular Levada hikes of Madeira. You will enter the famous Laurisilva – remains of the humid and subtropical laurel forest. After passing through several tunnels and cliffside passageways (safe), you will get to the famous “Green Cauldron” also known as Caldeiro Verde. You can swim in the pool at the foot of an 80m-high waterfall if you are brave enough! Return transfer to your accommodation.

Overnight: 4* hotel with swimming pool in Santo da Serra.

4

Day 4: São Vicente caves / Porto Moniz / Paul do Mar

Distance: 4 km | Ascent: 75 m | Descent: 75 m | 1½ hrs approx.

Today’s itinerary combines a short walk with a driving tour of some of the island’s most impressive sites.

This morning a taxi will pick you up and drive you to the north of the Island. A quick stop off in Santana to see some traditional thatched roof houses (great photo opportunity!). A second stop in Sao Vicente to visit the natural caves created by a volcanic eruption 890 thousand years ago. You will follow a well-lit, underground path that showcases the beauty of this mysterious place. Then, you will be driven to Seixal to enjoy a meal of grilled fish (included in tour price) in a great restaurant with a beautiful sea view. After lunch, you will take a short walk in Fanal on the top of Seixal.

Transfer to Paul do Mar, where you will stay for the next two nights.

Overnight: 4* hotel with swimming pool in Paul do Mar.

5

Day 5: Prazeres / Raposeira

Ascent: 100 m | Descent: 100 m | 1½ hrs approx.

Transfer to Prazeres. Before starting your walk, you can visit the Quinta Pedagogica of Prazeres and enjoy a “cha de limao”, a tea flavoured with lemon peel. Then walk along the levada, where you will discover a diverse landscape of cultivated land terraces, laurel trees and endemic flora of Madeira. A taxi will pick you up in Rasposeira and bring you back at the hotel where you can relax in the swimming pool and even enjoy a massage.

Overnight: 4* hotel with swimming pool in Paul do Mar.

6

Day 6: Levadas of Rabaçal and 25 fontes

Distance: 10 km | Ascent: 100 m | Descent: 100 m | 3½ hrs approx.

Transfer to Paul da Serra’s plateau. Then, a shuttle running every 10 min (6 €/ pers round trip to be paid on site) will take you to the start of the charming walk in the middle of an enchanted forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Take in the stunning scenery of streams and waterfalls and discover the endemic flora that Madeira is so famous for.

Transfer to Funchal where you will stay for your last two nights.

Overnight: 4* hotel with swimming pool in Funchal.

7

Day 7: Free day in Funchal

Free day of sightseeing around Funchal, a charming city built like an amphitheatre around the bay. The city’s name originates from the word fennel (Foncho in Portuguese) that grew in the bay when the Portuguese first landed here. It is great to wander through the paved streets, the colourful gardens and walkways along the coast.

Optional activities (to be paid on site):

  • Go up to the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens via cable car. You will enjoy wonderful panoramic views over the city.
  • Go down from Monte to Funchal city centre on a “Carreiro do Monte”, a traditional wicker-made sledge, used by locals as a quick way of getting to Funchal!

Overnight: 4* hotel with swimming pool in Funchal.

8

Day 8: Departure

Your walking holiday comes to an end this morning. You will be transferred to Funchal airport for your return flight.


Travel information

  Madeira’s only international airport is  Funchal Airport.You can either fly direct or get a connecting flight via Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, or elsewhere. There are direct flights to Funchal from many European cities.
We will arrange taxi transfers to your first hotel in Santo da Serra and from your last hotel in Funchal to Funchal Airport. Remember to let us know your arrival and departure times, once you have booked your flights.
sao lourenço hiking-madeira
Hiking trail on the Sao Lourenco peninsula
Walking on Madeira's sunny side
Levada walking Madeira
Caldeiro Verde, Madeira
Santana thatched cottages, Madeira
Hiking Fanal, Madeira
Madeira flowers
Rabacal hiking Madeira
Madeira, flower island
Jardim do Mar
Paul do Mar sunset
Typical Madeira village
Funchal cable car
Funchal-Botanical-Garden-Francisco-Correia
Funchal market

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