Madeira Walking Week
Madeira & Portugal, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £695 (land only) - from €835 (land only) - from $1,145 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel close to the airport. KE Land Only package services begin with an evening briefing from the guide. Overnight at the group hotel.
Day 2: We have a 35 minute transfer to Curral das Freiras (650m.). Todays walk starts through cultivated plots , then climbs across the rocky slopes of Pico Grande to a high point at Boca do Cerro 1300m. continuing onto Boca da Encumeada with some beautiful viewpoints. From here we transfer (35 minutes) to Paul do Mar. Hotel. Approx. 6 hours walking. 600m ascent / 700m descent.
Day 3: Starting from our hotel right on the coast, we climb steeply to Prazeres at 650m. We then follow the levada Nova/Calheta to Faja da Ovelha (460m.), enjoy some classic Madeira levada walking. From here we transfer back to our hotel in Paul do Mar. 5.30hours. Ascent 640m / descent 200m.
Day 4: Today we have a sensational walk following the Levada Ribeira da Janela from Galhano to Lamaceiros. This 14km long canal negotiates a level course through very rugged terrain via deep cuttings and 8 tunnels. At Lanaceiros we have a short transfer to our hotel in Porto Moniz. 7 hours. Descent 1200m.
Day 5: We transfer the short distance to the most westerly point of Madeira to reach the starting point of today's walk at Achadas da Cruz. We follow the line of the Ribeira Do Tristao and then around the rugged north west coastline to reach Porto Moniz. Here we meet our vehicle and transfer to Santana on the NE coast. 5 hours. + 640m. / - 1050m.
Day 6: We drive 15 minutes to Pico das Pedras (880m). We now follow the Levada Caldeirao Verde through woodland and rock cuttings. After passing through a short tunnel we leave the canal and follow a trail through the woods down to the village of Ilha (350m). Transfer (15 minutes) back to Santana. 5 hours. + 200m. / - 700m.
Day 7: The climax of our walking week is the ascent and traverse of Pico Ruivo 1862m. Starting from Achadas do Teixeira (1592m) 30 minutes drive above Santana, today's trail has everything - dramatic scenery, verdant mountain slopes, waterfalls, deep valleys, rock cuttings and a tunnel! From the end of the walk at Pico do Areeiro, we transfer (35 minutes) to Funchal. Overnight in group hotel.
Day 8: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. A complimentary group transfer to the airport is provided.
Please note that there currently 2 temporary path closures (from Feb 2014) on our route due to landslides. These affect the walk on day 2, with the path closed between Boca de Cerra and Encumeada, and also the walk on day 7 with the path closed between Pico Ruivo and Pico Areeiro. Alternative walks are in place until the paths are fixed. Please see the dossier for further details