Magical Madeira – Away From It All

This self-guided walk allows you to explore both the north and south coasts with a unique opportunity to walk on the Paul da Serra, the islands high plateau (over 1400m). You will walk through an amazing variety of landscapes from the Laurisilva forests, through river gorges, passing small farms and over moorland, following mostly the levadas (waterways) that the island is famous for and staying at comfortable family run hotels.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 4 hotels allow you to explore the best of the north and east of the island
  • Coastal paths and high mountains
  • Traditional villages
  • Lush vegetation and beautiful flowers

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Arrival at Funchal airport and transfer to your hotel in Santana.

Day 2 – Transfer to the start of the walk. Today you follow the Levada do Caldeirão Verde (Green Cauldron) the sides of the Levada are wooded with heath trees and laurels creating wonderful plays of light and shade, 18km. Overnight in Santana.

Day 3 – Minibus transfer to the start of the walk. A varied walk between rocky outcrops along the Levada do Furado, before dropping down onto lush pasture, along the walk there are breathtaking views down to the north coast – return by local bus or taxi to your hotel at Porto da Cruz, 14km. Overnight in Porto da Cruz, a room with sea view guaranteed.

Day 4 – Transfer to the start of the walk today along the Levada Castelejo that will take you from a countryside dotted with small fields into the wilderness of the Ribeiro Frio gorge before walking down hill back to Porto da Cruz, 14km. Overnight Porta da Cruz.

Day 5 – Minibus transfer to the start of the walk. Time to head for the south west of the island and today you can stroll along the Levada Calheta – Ponta do Pargo as it contours the sun-drenched plains above the coast. Gorgeous all year round and in summer it is swathed in hydrangeas and agapanthus, 15km. Overnight Ponta do Sol.

Day 6 – Transfer to the high plateau for a walk to Rabacal / 25 Fontes, famous for its 25 ‘singing’ waterfalls, 13km. After the walk you will be transferred back to Ponta do Sol and your hotel.

Day 7 – Minibus transfer to the start. An easy walk along the Levada do Norte with great views down to the coast, this is the perfect way to wind down from an action packed week, 16km. You take the local bus to Funchal after the walk. Overnight Funchal.

Day 8 – Transfer back to the airport in Funchal

INCLUDED

  • 7 night’s accommodation in a twin/double room with en-suite facilities and breakfasts
  • 6 picnics
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Transfer of luggage between hotels and to the start of all walks by minibus or taxi.
  • Comprehensive walking notes, including bus timetables and information

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • 7 dinners
  • Travel insurance
  • Bus fares
Cost per person: 694 euro

(supplement for period 27 December – 3 Jan, please ask)

Single room supplement: 145 euro
Single transport supplement if only one person walking: 225 euro