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Our day starts with a transfer to Cabo Girão 25min away from your hotel. Here you’ll start walking in the Levada do Norte, the largest and most im-portant levada in the island. This is a very pleasant and easy trail for a start, allowing you to enjoy the island all year around due to it’s milder climate. Along the way, you’ll see fantastic views arising and highlighting the parishes of Câmara de Lobos and Campanário, the green fields and the carefully worked plantations, and a set of houses and buildings that form the villages. Occasionally, you may find some locals handling their land, or just taking a walk. Similarly to other walking paths of Madeira Island the beauty is immense and there is always time to take a break and look at the several species of fauna and flora of this site.

At the end of the hike you will be transferred back to the hotel (25min).

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Sweet paradise in the middle of the Atlantic

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

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RABAÇAL & 25 FONTES

After a 30 min transfer to the surroundings of Rabaçal, start your hike, with an amazing hidden secret waiting for you today… After gently de-scending to Rabaçal you will find two paths (PR6.1 and PR6.5), the path that signs PR6.1 will take you to an impressive waterfall as it goes along Levada do Risco. At an altitude of 1000m above the sea level, the path reveals many landscapes, wonderful sensations and a wide variety of en-demic species, finally taking you to the 25 Springs Lagoon (Lagoa das 25 Fontes). What a magical place! Created by the waters that come down from the Mountain Marsh (Paul da Serra) and mysteriously appear from behind the wall that forms the lagoon, this place allowed the construction of the 25 Fontes Levada in 1835 and it is always a diamond for our eyes combining the beauty of more than 25 springs. And now it is time to rest, returning to the same hotel as the night before (30min transfer) and enjoy-ing a tasty traditional dinner.

ARRIVAL

Our Guide will welcome you at the Airport and drive to Machico. Here is your first accommodation! You might enjoy to spend some time in the swimming pool, take a nap and relax with the view.

THE ITINERARY

JARDIM DO MAR to PAÚL DO MAR

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 500m, it is an opportunity to walk calm-ly and take your time absorbing the landscape of the sea shore and the land filled with terraced farm plots held in place by stone walls, formerly used for growing grain crops by dedicated local farmers. 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 to the same hotel as the day before (short 15min transfer) make sure to explore Paúl do Mar, an old fishing village known for the export of tuna with a small and lovely parish on the seashore, and wonder at the high cliffs that surround it.

PAÚL DA SERRA PLATEAU Hike

If you woke up thinking this natural beauty must be special, you are right! The trail reserved for today is included in an area of Laurissilva Forest, classified as World Natural Heritage by UNESCO since December 1999 and member of the European Network of Sites of Community importance - Nature 2000. After a 35min transfer start exploring Paúl da Serra plateau and follow the trail to visit several viewpoints that reveal a set of beautiful landscapes, highlighting the view over the valley of Ribeira da Janela and Chão da Ribeira. Pay attention to the area known as ’Fio’ where the visitors can appreciate what is left of an ingenious apparatus of steel cables which stretch down-hill and were used to carry wood and shrubs collected in Fanal forest, down to Chão da Ribeira, and also for farming activities. Finally the area of Fanal, a small volcanic crater classified as a resting reserve of the Natural Park of Madeira with the centenary forest of Ocofeafoefens trees (Til) showing us how overwhelming untouched nature can be.

We will then transfer you to the hotel in Porto Moniz (30min).

LEVADA DA JANELA

Tunnels, tunnels and tunnels… today is going to be an amazing day! Along the way you will find several tunnels, where you can feel and ear the water falling from the rocks, the natural music for relaxation. Enjoy the fantastic scenery that arises, full of maritime pine and eucalyptus and then, the dense vegetation characteristic of the native forest – Laurissilva. Full of colours, full of flowers and trees, at this day you will pass by species such as the Canary Willow, as well as the large Madeira laurel, Madeira mahogany and the Lily-of-the-valley tree, that abound along the Levada. You will also notice Geraniums, Orchids and Canary Buttercup, easily recognized by their bright yellow flowers. Like looking through a window (janela), at the end of the day you will reach a fantastic view dominated by large rocks that paint the landscape with a soft and pleasant shade of grey – Ribeira da Janela. Here, among the rocks, flows the pure and crystal water, forming several ponds here and there. Your hotel awaits but, if you still have the energy, do not forget to visit the natural pools of Porto Moniz, not only for their excellent bathing conditions but also for their beauty. These natural pools are the perfect place for relaxing, swimming, sunbathing or even just for a visit. 

Short 5min transfer back to the hotel.

FUNCHAL

After a 60min 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. You must find the market of Funchal and enjoy part of your day tasting the best gastronomy from the island; from meat skewer, to banana cake or the traditional poncha drink you will not be disappointed.  Everything is delicious!

DEPARTURE

Your last day is here, time pack up the good memories and say goodbye! Our guide will pick you up and transfer you to the airport wishing you a nice flight home.

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Madeira Great Walks is an incredible hiking program along one of the most beautiful Portuguese islands known as the Pearl of the Atlantic! If you are a hiking lover this is the ideal opportunity for knowing Madeira and its unique characteristics. Madeira has been created by volcanic eruptions and erosion has formed the island by creating bizarre rock formation as well as deep gorges. The best Madeira trails are full of wonders and you will discover them while you pass by mountains, cliffs and levadas with breathtaking sceneries and natural highlights like the natural pools of Porto Moniz and the Laurissilva Forest, both considered Humanity Natural World Heritage by UNESCO! Now it’s your time to explore this hiking paradise!

MADEIRA GREAT WALKS

Distance Duration Elevation

Daily Distance

6 - 12 km

Trip Duration

8 days & 7 nights

Daily Elevation

100 - 600 meters

FROM

749 €

 

ACCOMMODATION

Comfort

 

DURATION

8 days | 7 nights

 

START | END

Machico | Funchal

TOUR GRADE

 

 

DISTANCE

6 - 12 km per day

 

ROUTE

Hiking trails and Levadas (water irrigation channels)

 

PROFILE

Mostly flat on Levadas

Hilly but soft climbs

  • Laurissilva Forest and Porto Moniz Natural Pool - Humanity Natural Heritage by UNESCO

  • Quiet trails and stunning sceneries over the ocean

  • Unique black sand beaches in Madeira

  • Madeira gastronomy, fresh fish and products

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TRIP PRICE PER PERSON 2018

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NOTE

Extra charge may apply for special occasions

(I.e.: New Years Eve, Christimas or Local Festivities)

Extra charge may apply for special occasions

(I.e.: New Years Eve, Christimas or Local Festivities)

INCLUDED

Hotel White Waters

Day

1

Day

2

Hotel White Waters

Inland Hike Day

11km, +250m/-250m

Day

3

Day

4

Hotel Jardim do Mar

Levadas Hike Day

6km, +600m/-600m

Levadas Hike Day

10km, +100m/-400m

Hotel Jardim do Mar

Day

5

Day

6

Levadas Hike Day

12km, +150m/-150m

Levadas Hike Day

10km, +200m/-300m

Hotel Euro Moniz Hotel Euro Moniz

Day

7

Day

8

Hotel do Carmo

(2 persons based on double room occupation)

 

LOW SEASON

Individual room supplement

01.01. - 25.03.

01.11. - 23.12.

 

HIGH SEASON

Individual room supplement

26.03. - 31.10.

749 €

+ 209 €

1.299 €

+ 209 €

799 €

+ 229 €

(Group of 6 or more people)

 

LOW SEASON

Individual room supplement

01.01. - 25.03.

01.11. - 23.12.

 

HIGH SEASON

Individual room supplement

26.03. - 31.10.

1.399 €

+ 229 €

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- 7 nights lodging on Comfort Accommodation.

  Breakfast included

 

- Transfer on day of arrival from Airport FNC to the

  Hotel, followed by Tour briefing

 

- Transfer from last Hotel to Airport FNC

 

- Luggage Transfers from Hotel to Hotel every day of

  the Tour

 

- Pre departure Information Pack

 

- Tour Information

 

- Liability and personal accidents Insurance

 

- 6 days of guided Hiking Tour

 

- 6 nourishing and energtic picnics

 

- Dinners to be organised by our guide.

   (Payment individually at location, not included in the price Tour)

 

- Daily fruit, energy bars and water

 

- Back-up Vehicle

- 7 nights lodging on Comfort Accommodation.

  Breakfast included

 

- Transfer on day of arrival from Airport FNC to the

  Hotel, followed by Tour briefing

 

- Transfer from last Hotel to Airport FNC

 

- Luggage Transfers from Hotel to Hotel every day of

  the Tour

 

- Pre departure Information Pack

 

- Tour Information

 

- Information Book (Includes Maps, Daily Information, Daily Maps,

   GPS Device Quick Manual - Delivered on arrival day)

 

- GPS Track and Device

 

- Mobile Telephone (free to call us 24h / day)

 

- Liability and personal accidents Insurance

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GIRÃO CAPE & LEVADA DO NORTE

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