Madeira Walking Week
Madeira & Portugal, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £695 (land only) - from €975 (land only) - from $1,140 (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. 870m ascent / 570m 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 walk down to our hotel in Paul do Mar. Approx 5hrs, 870m ascent and descent.
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. Approx 6hrs, 200m ascent, 950m descent.
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. Approx 6hrs walking, 780m ascent, 1040m descent.
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. Approx 6hrs walking, 170m ascent, 643 descent.
Day 7: The climax of our week is the ascent and traverse of Pico Ruivo 1862m. Starting from Achadas do Teixeira (1592m) 30 mins drive above Santana, today's trail has everything - dramatic scenery, verdant slopes, waterfalls, deep valleys, rock cuttings and a tunnel! From Pico do Areeiro, we transfer (35 mins) to Funchal. Overnight in group hotel. Approx 6hrs walking, 890m ascent, 690m descent.
Day 8: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. A complimentary group transfer to the airport is provided.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.