East Madeira Walking Holidays

Small Group Walking

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Grade: Hard (6/8)

Madeira, known as the Garden Island is a dream walker’s destination.

The canyons, impressive landscapes, and waterfalls are hidden in Madeira’s lush forests and mountains are a treat to the keen hiker. The views are absolutely breathtaking and in some walks, you’re mostly above the clouds, in magical settings.

This tour is based in Machico, where the island’s discoverers first landed in 1419, and in Funchal, the capital, a city full of historical buildings and lush gardens. From here we’ll have access to a wide range of magnificent and spectacular walks.

  • Groups accepted with a minimum of 6 pax
  • The amazing Portuguese gastronomy and wines
  • Dedicated driver and tour leader to make sure everything runs smoothly

Groups accepted with a minimum of 6 pax.

 

Madeira, known as the Garden Island is a dream walker’s destination.

The canyons, impressive landscapes, and waterfalls are hidden in Madeira’s lush forests and mountains are a treat to the keen hiker. The views are absolutely breathtaking and in some walks, you’re mostly above the clouds, in magical settings.

Ponta São Lourenço Madeira

Ponta de São Lourenço in Madeira, this walk explores the long thin peninsula at the eastern end of the island.

This tour is based in Machico, where the island’s discoverers first landed in 1419, and in Funchal, the capital, a city full of historical buildings and lush gardens.

From here we’ll have access to a wide range of magnificent and spectacular walks.

Group Walk Madeira

Madeira seaside walk. Explore the beautiful island of Madeira on foot.

Includes a day in the far eastern end of the island where the promontory of Ponta São Lourenço provides a wild and breezy walk quite different from anywhere else on the island. Nature here is rough and unspoiled, with the rock formations and the color contrast with the blue wild ocean water being a true sight to see!

Following the levadas (irrigation channels), among the Laurissilva Forest – UNESCO World Heritage Site, and hearing the sound of water and the murmur of the forest, we will have a lovely week of walks in the east part of the Island.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival

Arrival at Funchal Airport. Transfer to Machico (around 20min). If time allows a short introductory walk will be offered.

Funchal Madeira

Funchal is the largest city, the municipal seat, and the capital of Portugal’s Autonomous Region of Madeira.

Day 2 – Ponta de S. Lourenço Walk

A joy for the senses as we step into a different world. The driest part of the island, this volcanic eastern peninsula juts dramatically out to sea.
High rock stacks, crashing waves, and rainbow colors banding the high cliffs stun the senses on this accessible and yet stunningly surprising walk.

Walk app 8km/4.9mi; Ascent/descent: 598/-601m; highest point: 107m; No opt-out

Ponta São Lourenço Madeira

The Ponta de São Lourenço in Madeira

Day 3 – North Coast walk

An easy and incredibly popular walk. It starts from Camacha and follows the Serra do Faial and Tornos Levadas.
For the far more adventurous ones, we suggest the possibility of taking a toboggan to Livramento or the Funicular to Funchal.
Walk: 13km/8mi; Ascent/descent: 1236m/-1425m; highest point: 424m; No opt out

Group Walk Madeira

Madeira seaside walk, What better way to see Madeira Island and be in contact with nature.

Day 4 – Monte Walk. Transfer to Funchal

An easy and incredibly popular walk. It starts from Camacha and follows the Serra do Faial and Tornos Levadas.
For the far more adventurous ones, we suggest the possibility of taking a toboggan to Livramento or the Funicular to Funchal.

Walk app 17km/10.7mi; Ascent/descent: 753m/-1422m; highest point: 817m; Opt out at 13.5km

Picos Trails Madeira

Walking in Madeira Picos Trails, one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Madeira.

Day 5 – Ribeiro Frio, Portela & Porto Cruz

One of our wonderful and flexible walks. This classic walk between Ribeiro Frio and Portela indulges us in staggering views of the north coast. It offers intimate woodland trails and a sparkling Levada meandering across the lush mountain slopes.

Walk app 16km/10mi; Ascent/descent: 1072m/-1942m; highest point: 915m; Opt out at 11km

Madeira typical Santana houses

Madeira typical houses. Santana city center is the best place on the island to observe the traditional houses of Madeira.

Day 6 – Boca da Corrida to Curral das Freiras Walk

One of the classic walks of the island. A wonderful trail meanders through the high mountains that divide the Ribeira Brava and Curral das Freiras valleys.
The looming peak of Pico Grande, high above, is ever-present to tempt the adventurous.
A wonderful zig-zagging trail descends through forests to the valley of Curral das Freiras.

Walk 8.5km/5.2mi; Ascent/descent: 846m/-1396m; highest point: 1340m; No opt out

Levadas Madeira walking

Guided walking Madeira. Stunning walks following the levadas deep into Madeira

Day 7 – Big Peaks Walk

“The” Madeira walk par excellence. Hundreds of years ago, the then king of Portugal decreed a route be carved out between the high peaks of this island and we are privileged enough to tread this ancient trail and enjoy one of the world’s great walks.

Walk: app 11km/6.8mi; Ascent/descent: 1512m/-1733m, highest point: 1833 m; No opt out

Madeira seaside walk

Madeira, Ponta Sao Lourenço. Visiting some of the finest cliff scenery on Madeira.

Day 8 – Departure

 

What's included

Accommodation

  • 7 nights in a twin standard room for two pax

3 nights in Machico
4 nights in Funchal

  • Shared ensuite room with a traveling companion of the same sex
  • Single supplement available with a surcharge
  • Extra nights available on request

Meals

  • 7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel
  • 7 Dinners with drinks included

Transport

  • Meet & Greet Airport Transfer to the hotel on the first day – group transfer
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport on last day – group transfer
  • All transports to walks and activities (as outlined) with dedicated driver and vehicle
  • Additional transfers are available on request at an extra cost

Tour Leaders

  • Dedicated English speaking local tour leader
    The tour leader will assist and guide the group throughout the holidays, handle all the arrangements and other needs that might arise, making sure that you don’t have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday
    Each evening, your tour leader will discuss the details and program for the following day

Walks and Activities

  • Walks according to program

Exclusions

Any services not listed as included

  • Flights to and from Portugal
  • Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage, or personal insurance (except as outlined)
  • Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined)
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplements
  • Guide services inside monuments

Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our Guided walçking Tours and Self-Guided walking tours. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday.

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Please consult our Travel Insurance page, where you’ll be able to get more detailed info about insurance requirements and an immediate quote for your trip.

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