Madeira Portugal hiking tour
Madeira Portugal hiking tour
Madeira Portugal hiking tour
Madeira Portugal hiking tour
Madeira Portugal hiking tour
Madeira Portugal hiking tour
Madeira Portugal hiking tour
Madeira Portugal hiking tour
Madeira Portugal hiking tour
Madeira Portugal hiking tour

Portugal - Madeira Island Hiking Tour

from €797

This is a wonderful hiking tour with a variety of Madeira’s best trails. You will discover the stunning scenery of this volcanic island by visiting its mountains, cliffs and levadas, which are an extensive network of small irrigation channels and make the perfect path for adventurous hikers. Erosion has formed ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Challenging: 4/5
  • Tour Type
    Self Guided Hiking Level 4
  • Availability
    January - December
  • Duration
    7 Nights / 8 Days
  • Distance
    7-17 km/day

DAY 1 | Arrival

Our guide will welcome you at the airport and drive you to Machico,which is only 15 minutes away. Here you’ll check in to your accommodation and you can enjoy some time in the swimming pool, take a nap or relax and enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains.

Overnight: Machico

White Waters Hotel


Machico

White Waters Hotel

Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Madeira Portugal hiking tour

Madeira Portugal hiking tour

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DAY 2 | Ponta S. Lourenco: 7 km / 4 mi

You will start your day with a short transfer to Ponta de São Lourenço, where the trail will take you around the volcanic peninsula to the eastern-most point of Madeira island. From here you can enjoy an amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean and the two islets nearby. The Desembarcadouro Islet is classified as a natural reserve, as is the peninsula. Additionally, all of the land and sea by the northern coast, up to a depth of 50 meters, is part of the European network of important community sites - "Natura 2000." What a day! And what a scenery to enjoy and celebrate!

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 7 km / 4 mi, +500 m
Highlights: Desembarcadouro Islet & magnificent views
Overnight: Machico

White Waters Hotel


Machico

White Waters Hotel

Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Madeira Portugal hiking tour

Madeira Portugal hiking tour

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DAY 3 | Machico to Porto da Cruz: 17 km / 11 mi

Today, let's go to Facho Pic (322 meters) and enjoy the northern coastal cliffs! Start the walk from your hotel at Machico and join a trail along Caniçal Levada. At this point, you’ll start to see the great view of tiny terraces where the island’s farmers cultivate the fertile Madeira soil. The path then ascends gently to the crest, Boca do Risco, and it is only here that you can find this stunning panoramic view of the northern cliffs. From Boca do Risco, the trail continues, etched into the cliff face and following the trail down until the town of Porto da Cruz. A final transfer (30 minutes) takes you to your hotel in Santana to rest.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 17 km / 11 mi, +450 m
Highlights: Facho Pick, Boca do Risco panoramic views
Overnight: Santana

Hotel O Colmo


Santana

Hotel O Colmo

Swimming Pool '; Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Safe in Room '; Restaurant ';
Madeira Portugal hiking tour

Madeira Portugal hiking tour

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DAY 4 | Pico Ruivo to Encumeada: 14 km / 9 mi

Morning transfer to Achada do Teixeira, where you will begin your hiking today. This energetic ridge walk begins just below Pico Ruivo, the highest summit of the island and the third highest of Portugal, heads west, high above the steeps, through the wooded slopes to the mountain pass at Encumeada. Marked by frequent climbs and descents, the trail winds along elevations between 1800 and 1000 meters, but it is worth it due to the extremely beautiful landscapes and types of ecosystem that await the traveler. The Central Mountainous Massif and the Laurissilva Forest are incredible! Return to the hotel by foot.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 14 km / 9 mi, +600 m
Highlights: Pico Ruivo, Encumeada, beautiful landscapes
Overnight: Ribeira Brava

Residencial Encumeada


Ribeira Brava

Residencial Encumeada

Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Hair Dryer '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Restaurant ';
Madeira Portugal hiking tour

Madeira Portugal hiking tour

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DAY 5 | Paul da Serra to Fanal: 11 km / 7 mi

After a morning transfer, start exploring Paúl da Serra plateau and follow the trail to visit several viewpoints, revealing beautiful landscapes, highlighting the view over the valley of Ribeira da Janela and Chão da Ribeira. The trail is located in an area of the Laurissilva forest classified as a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO and member of the European Network of Sites of Community importance - Nature 2000. Reaching the end of the hike, enjoy the magnificent area of Fanal, a small volcanic crater classified as a resting reserve of the Parque Natural of Madeira. The beauty of this area lies not only in the forest of Ocofeafoefens trees (Til), but also in the spectacular landscapes that several sightseeing spots along the way offer.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 11 km / 7 mi, +200 / -500 m
Highlights: Paúl da Serra plateau, protected valleys & forest, Fanal crater
Overnight: Porto Moniz

Hotel Euro Moniz


Porto Moniz

Hotel Euro Moniz

Swimming Pool '; Air Conditioning '; Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Madeira Portugal hiking tour

Madeira Portugal hiking tour

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DAY 6 | Prazeres to Paul do Mar: 7 km / 4 mi

Today you will be walking a route full of heritage, located in the west of Madeira island and linking the village of Prazeres to the picturesque village of Jardim do Mar. In the past, this trail was one of the few routes available for the population of Prazeres to access the coastline. Characterized by a height difference of approximately 500 meters, it is an opportunity to walk slowly and take your time absorbing the landscape of the coast and the land, filled with terraced farm plots and stone walls. Designated as a “municipal path,” this trail is a genuine historical heritage, bearing witness to the isolation of past generations and to the ingenious and difficult trails built by the people to overcome it. Before leaving for the hotel, be sure to explore Paúl do Mar, an old fishing village with a quaint church that sits right on the seashore.

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 7 km / 4 mi, +50 / -550 m
Highlights: heritage/municipal walking path, fishing village
Overnight: Jardim do Mar

Hotel Jardim do Mar


Jardim do Mar

Hotel Jardim do Mar

Located in the heart of the charming small village of Jardim do Mar, a few meters from the beach, surrounded by beautiful cliffs as well as a magnificent panorama over the ocean, we offer you all of the required conditions for a relaxing holiday in Madeira. This location is known around the world as being a surfer's paradise (Hawaii Surf Europe), as this is where surfers have the possibility of challenging extremely high waves, considered by many to be the best in Europe. This is where worldwide competitions are held, such as the championship "Red Bull Big Wave Challenge" in 2000 and "the World Surfing Championships" in 2001. The Jardim do Mar is a magical place, quiet and majestic as it is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and privileged by its magnificent and unforgettable sunset on the one hand and warm and pleasant climate on the other.

Swimming Pool '; Open Parking '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer ';
Madeira Portugal hiking tour

Madeira Portugal hiking tour

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DAY 7 | Funchal

After a 60 minute transfer to Funchal you will have the day off to enjoy the city! This is the most famous city of Madeira and people love to walk the streets of its cosmopolitan city center, look for its historical sites like the Cathedral or find the best ocean view spots; the opportunities are endless. Be sure to find the market and enjoy part of your day tasting the best gastronomy from the island; from meat skewers to banana cake or the traditional poncha drink, you will not be disappointed. Simply delicious!

Meals: breakfast
Highlights: Funchal exploration
Overnight: Funchal

Hotel do Carmo


Funchal

Hotel do Carmo

Swimming Pool '; Air Conditioning '; Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Safe in Room '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Madeira Portugal hiking tour

Madeira Portugal hiking tour

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DAY 8 | Departure

Today it is your last day and it is time to pack up the good memories and say goodbye! Our guide will transfer you to the airport according to your time schedule. Please let us know in advance if you would like to make continued travel plans; we are happy to assist you!

Meals: breakfast

Madeira Portugal hiking tour

Madeira Portugal hiking tour

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- 7 Nights lodging on Superior Accommodation
- Breakfast included daily
- Private transfer on day of arrival from arrival Airport (FNC)
- Private welcome orientation meeting in English
- Private transfer from last Hotel to Airport (FNC)
- Private Luggage Transfers
- Private transfers during the Tour
- Daily Tour Information and suggestions
- Pre departure Information Pack
- Information Hiking Guide - maps, GPS manual, cues
- GPS Tracks
- GPS Device
- Liability and personal accidents Insurance
- Mobile Phone to reach local support
- Pre and Post trip travel planning & support services

Lodging

Accommodations: 3 and 4 star hotels in convenient locations in each town. All lodging includes private bathroom and a variety of other amenities. Hotels include:
- White Waters Hotel ***
- Hotel O Colmo***
- Residencial Encumeada ***
- Hotel Euro Moniz***
- Hotel Jardim do Mar***
- Hotel do Carmo ***
 
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **
Prices
Portugal -Madeira Island Hiking Tour (Low Season)
Double Occupancy:
797 €/person
Single Supplement:
188 €/person
Portugal -Madeira Island Hiking Tour (High Season)
Double Occupancy:
849 €/person
Single Supplement:
200 €/person
Solo Traveler Rates
(1 person alone must cover all transfer and transport costs plus single use lodging)
Solo Occupancy:
480 €/person
Added Services:
TBD - please inquire

 
Guided tours available for groups of 4 or more.
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Tour Details

Tour Highlights
- Mountain scenery in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean
- Madeira`s highest peaks
- Levadas stunning trails and the vulcanic rock formations
- Laurissilva forest, UNESCO’s Natural World Heritage site
- Funchal Old Town
Need to Know:
- The region has mild temperatures year round; and rain can happen any time. Guests are advised to bring a rain gear, headlamp, and be prepared to hike in all weather conditions. Keep in mind, green fields, stunning coastal views, rainbows, and warm and welcoming inns will make allow you to forget you are in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!
- Extra nights in Funchal, Lisbon, or stops along the route are a great way to extend your trip with extra hikes.
- Upgrades in Funchal and Lisbon only

Duration: 7 nights / 8 days
Dates: Any date all year long is possible; high season rates apply from March 27-Oct 31.

This is self-guided touring and offers total freedom of dates - you can choose whatever dates you wish. We can accommodate small parties of 1-2 persons up to large groups. Custom guided groups are possible for groups of 4 or more; Make it Custom - Tell us your Wishes

How is this Tour Rated in degree of difficulty? Rated Level 4; See Why : Challenging - hiking 7-17km per day; Hilly, rooty, rocky, high points. You will need a headlamp for long unlit tunnels, and rain is common.
Arriving to Funchal airport is possible from Lisbon or London and a few other key European cities. The island has few roads which are narrow and steep, driving is not necessary or recommended. Extra nights may be necessary in order to make flights subject to arrival and departure times. Ask us for help.


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As a premier boutique biking and hiking tour operator that offers private, custom, independent and guided travel in Europe, Asia, South and North America, we specialize in hand crafted travel for couples, families and groups who want active, immersive and meaningful experiences with their family and friends. Our travel experiences are customized around outdoor activities including: cycling, hiking, water sports, trail running, mountain biking and more.

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Local Coordinator

Our local guides and experts are available by phone to assist during your trip with any kind of emergency and if due to weather or other reason you need to arrange a transfer. Antonio is our on site expert, he lives in Lisbon and has been all over the country! Antonio will meet you for orientation on arrival day as well as provide emergency support throughout your trip.

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On this trip we recommend:
- trekking shoes, well broken in, water proofed is best
- trekking poles
- lightweight clothing that is wicking, convertable, sun protective
- full rain gear - pants and jacket
- headlamp for the occasional tunnel along the levadas
- day pack for water and for carrying lunch/food, sunscreen, etc
- other nice to have items will be included in your packing list sent prior to travel

A packing list is always sent at 60 days prior to travel.
 

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