Not much can beat a Madeira walking holiday. Few destinations offer such a variety of scenery – breathtaking sea cliffs, rocky peaks, alpine plateaux, lush valleys and mountain terracing, yet Madeira retains an unspoilt beauty and natural charm.
For centuries Madeira has been a haven for those wanting to escape the turmoils of modern life. Few destinations offer such a variety of scenery than that of a Madeira walking holiday – breathtaking sea cliffs, rocky peaks, alpine plateaux, lush valleys and mountain terracing, yet Madeira retains an unspoilt beauty and natural charm. Many of the paths follow the famous ‘levadas’, the high-level channels that irrigate the landscape.
£829.00 per person based on two people sharing.
£115 Single supplement.
7 nights accommodation in a twin room with en-suite facilities in hotel in the old town of Funchal.
All meals (lunches will be picnics that you carry with you), transfers to and from the airport, transfers to and from all the walks, services of a walk leader
Flights, insurance, tips and some drinks with meals
Day 1 Arrival in Madeira:
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the old town of Funchal. Meet the rest of the group for dinner and overnight.
Day 2 Lavada do Canical:
A very easy start to this great Madeira walking holiday with a walk along the Levada do Canical, through the Machico valley. You pass between shady wooded hill sides and terraces growing fruit and vegetables.
13km / 8.2miles.
Day 3 – Paul da Serra:
Today we journey across the top of the island to walk along the high plateau of the Paul da Serra with it fabulous views, and then we follow the levada do Paul, 13km / 8.2miles.
Day 4 -Levada Castelejo
We journey high to Portela before walking downhill along an old forest trail with views down to the sea, then through hamlets to the levada Castelejo which we follow to the village of Cruz. After the walk we will visit Porto da Cruz on the coast, 14km / 8.8miles
Day 5: Free day
A free day or for those who wish we will spend a half day walking the spectacular Sao Lourenco peninsular with its colourful cliff formations, 8km / 5miles
Day 6: Ponta da Pargo
Today we visit the south and a stroll along the Levada da Calheta – Ponta da Pargo as it contours the sun drenched plains above the coast. To your left you have superb views up to the Paul da Serra, to your right an ever changing seascape. After the walk we will visit the fishing village of Paul do Mar 10km / 6.5miles
Day 7: Ribeira Bonita
For our final walk we drive to the village of Achada and walk through forests to meet the levada del Rei to walk to Ribeira Bonita where the levada begins. After the levada we pass through hamlets on our way to visit the old mill which is powered by water from the levada and watch the miller grind ‘milho’ corn 13km / 8.1miles
Transfer back to the airport.