Groups accepted with a minimum of 6 pax.
Madeira Island has a wealth of walking to offer in its more remote parts, as well as the exceptional walks accessible from the island’s capital Funchal. Amongst other walks we are able to explore less well-known levadas, the narrow mountain irrigation channels which take water from the northern hills to the southern terraces.
Madeira typical houses
We start in Porto Moniz in the far northwest corner of the island. It is a sheltered harbour where a mass of pointed reefs in the lava rocks provide natural bathing pools.
Remoteness is the only reason the area sees few visitors.
The walking takes us across steep terraced hillsides, often with views of the coast where Atlantic rollers crash in. We also walk the peaceful Levada do Moinho with several watermills along its course.
On our way to our next centre, Ponta do Sol, on the south coast, we walk along the Levada de Lombo de Mouro, an attractive and little-walked levada starting high up near the island’s central pass at Encumeada.
Ponta do Sol is a small village, nestling between terraced hillsides where our hotel lies seconds from the sea. It has a beautiful mountain backdrop, but the greatest attraction is its volcanic lava pools tastefully transformed into a lido, with walkways and bridges.
Day 1 – Arrival
Arrival to Funchal Airport. Transfer to Porto Moniz (around 90m). If time allows, a short introductory walk will be offered.
Day 2 – Achadas da Cruz & Levada Moinho
Classic introductory walk to the levadas of Madeira. This tiny levada through lush woodland and open ground, meanders, trickles & cascades entertaining us all the way.
Our walk crosses the village of Santa before an iconic zig-zag descent down an old mule track to Porto Moniz.
Walk app 12km/7.45mi; Ascent/descent: 294m/-1069m; Highest point: 897m; Opt out at 9km.
Madeira seaside walk
Day 3 – Levada da Ribeira da Janela
A more modern levada with an easy, level path alongside, gives access to the awesome Ribeira da Janela valley.
This out & back walk enables us to turn back whenever we wish, the more adventurous can be introduced to following the levadas through tunnels.
Walk: app 16km/10mi; Ascent/descent: 848 m/-865 m; highest point: 584m; opt out at 13km
Walk in Madeira
Day 4 – Levada de Lomba de Mouro. Transfer to Ponta do Sol
Today we propose a full day of spectacular walking. We follow the Levada de Lomba do Mouro from the high mountains, down to Ribeira Brava on the south coast. This little known levada cascades dramatically down the mountainside.
Our route gives magnificent views across and up into the high peaks and down into the Ribeira Brava valley, seemingly miles below us.
Walk: app 10km/6mi; Ascent/descent: 102m/-811m; highest point: 1293m; opt out at 7km
The Ponta de São Lourenço in Madeira
Day 5 – Fontes & Chão dos Terreiros
One of the classic mountain walks of the island. From the village of Fontes our well graded track climbs to the summit of Chão dos Terreiros.
Awesome views enable us to appreciate the deep valleys of Curral das Freiras and Ribeira Brava while we look across to the equally inspiring “High Peaks” and Pico Grande.
Walk app 16.5km/10.2mi; Ascent/descent: 895m/-1690m; highest point: 1428m; Opt out at 11km
Madeira, Ribeira Brava
Day 6 – Levada Nova and Levada do Moinho
This easy and gentle levada meanders around the valleys of the river Tabua and the river Caixa enabling us to enjoy the lush valleys and coast lines below us. This fabulous walk hides hidden gems, quiet villages, banana plantations, intricate levadas and spectacular descents.
Walk app 18km/11.2mi; Ascent/descent: 1473m/-1867m; highest point: 601m; opt out at 8.5km
Day 7 – Rabaçal
A bewitchingly enticing day of diverse scenery, levadas and mountain tracks.
The gentle Levada de Paul meanders across open moorland before we descend to the sub-tropical woodland of Rabaçal.
Here we view the staggering waterfall of Risco and follow the levada in a long (and spacious) tunnel under the spine of the island.
Walk app 19km/11.8mi; ascent/descent: 533m/-1439m, highest point: 1320m; No opt out
Day 8 – Departure
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