16 Days Tour
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.
We'll walk along the levadas, narrow mountain irrigation channels which take water from the northern hills to the southern terraces. They cross the magnificent Laurissilva florest, a type of humid subtropical forest made up mainly of trees from the lauraceae family of trees.
Its greatest expression is in the highlands of Madeira, having been considered in 1999 by UNESCO as World Natural Heritage, covering an area of around 15,000 hectares.
Thanks to their excellent geographical location and mountainous relief, these islands have surprisingly balmy weather, making them atractive all year-round.
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.
In our time here we follow the clear-flowing Levada do Paul over open moorland and through giant heather and laurel forests. We visit the world’s second highest sea-cliffs at Cabo Girão and head into the central mountains on our walk between Boca da Corrida and Encumeada.
Moving east to Funchal we have access to a wide range of magnificent and spectacular walks. These include a walk to 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.
The stunning nature and eternal spring. Hike in the miles of hiking trails, spectacular peaks and following ancient water irrigation channels (Levadas).
|Comfortable en-suite accommodation.|
|Sociable evenings spent in local restaurants.|
|A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders, very knowledgeable of the region.|
|The hospitality and warmth from the local poulation, whilst enjoying dining out at local restaurants every evening.|
The tour includes
En-suite accommodation in comfortable hotels, beautifully located.
Breakfasts taken at the hotel and dinners in local restaurants.
All transport costs in conjunction with the programme.
Services of a dedicated leader.
The walking and sightseeing programs are integral with each other. However because we have dedicated transport with the group there will be considerable flexibility within the program for individual clients.
A wait at the Airport may be necessary to enable all passengers to travel together to and from the hotel.