Madeira Walking Week
Madeira & Portugal, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £695 (land only) - from €975 (land only) - from $1,175 (land only)
Good quality accommodation, guided walks everyday, private transfers, and all meals included, this week long walking holiday is superb value for money.
- Idyllic island exploration on levada and dramatic mountain trails
- Summit Pico Ruivo and Pico do Arieiro, Madeira`s highest peaks
- Explore Madeira`s west, east and centre on a series of day walks
- Guided walks on every day and all meals included
- Enjoy Madeira`s unique flora and fauna - a botanist`s dream!
With its rugged coastal scenery, impressive volcanic geology and lush levada trails, the Atlantic island of Madeira is a walker's paradise and a haven for keen botanists. Moving around Madeira and staying in different villages, we enjoy ever-changing sea views and have access to a variety of super day-walks. Following age-old paths and also hiking alongside Madeira's amazing network of irrigation channels known as levadas, we walk and hike through terraced farmland, explore extensive laurel forest, negotiate levada tunnels and cross jagged green ridges to find the best viewpoints. The scenery is far more varied than you may imagine and the floral diversity is remarkable! Highlights of this Madeira walking holiday include the enchanting green valley of Riberio do Poco, the dramatic mountain views at Encumeada and the spectacular trail that links Madeira's highest peaks, Pico Ruivo (1862m) and Pico do Arieiro (1810m). With daily walks of between 4 and 6 hours and plenty of time to enjoy our atmospheric sea-side locations and comfortable hotels, this is a brilliant walking holiday in Madeira.
Is this holiday for you?
This holiday is a series of day hikes and walks, any of which can be considered as optional. The walks themselves are mostly on good trails often following the famous 'levadas' or irrigation channels, but there are exciting sections including levada tunnels (the longest is just over 1km!), which lead us deep inside the hillside, and some places where there is considerable exposure (normally with a protective fence). Generally each day's walk will be from 4 - 6 hours allowing plenty of time for sightseeing and photography, although the walk along the Levado Ribeira da Janela will be a little longer. Some walks can be cut short with a short taxi ride if you are feeling a little tired. The majority of the walks also finish at a cafe where we can enjoy a coffee (or cold beer!) whilst we unwind. Our accommodation each night is in well appointed hotels, the majority of which have swimming pools where we can cool off after the walk, and simple spa facilities to which we have free access! Evenings will be spent enjoying the good food and, of course, sampling the local Madeiran wine!