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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!

 

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A full exploration of the Pearl of the Atlantic

 

Madeira Island Adventure is an incredible hiking program through 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 to get to know Madeira and its unique characteristics by walking paths designed for avid hike seekers. This tour gives you a choice of the best Madeira trails, discovering stunning sceneries of this volcanic island on mountains, cliffs and levadas. Now it’s your time to explore this Hiking paradise!

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

PRICES

TOUR MAP

PONTA DE SÃO LOURENÇO Hike

Following a short 20min transfer start your adventure on a trail    which crosses Ponta de São Lourenço, the easternmost Peninsula of Madeira Island, named after the caravel sailed by João Gonçalves de Zarco, one of the three discoverers of Madeira Island. This volcanic peninsula, mainly made of basalt and some limestone, has two islets at its end classified as natural reserves. The whole land and sea by the North coast, up to a depth of 50mts, is part of the European network of important community sites - Natura 2000.

A 20min transfer will take you back to Machico.

RIBEIRO FRIO to PORTELA

Today you will have your first experience with the famous levadas, which are an extensive network of small irrigation channels that make the perfect path for adventurous hikers. After a transfer to Ribeira Frio (30min), start your hike along this levada which is one of the first acquired by the State to irrigate the farmlands of Porto da Cruz. Follow the levada of Serra do Faial at an elevation of 860 meters up to the station where the waters divide, descending from there to the area of Lamaceiros. The walk ends with a descent to the village of Portela, where you will be transfered back to your accommodation in Machico (20min).

MACHICO to PORTO DA CRUZ

On this day start walking from your Hotel at Machico and go up to Facho Peak (322m). You will get on a trail along the levada of Caniçal for 2km with great views of tiny terraces where farmers cultivate the fertile Madeira soil. The path then ascends gently to the crest - Boca do Risco where a stunning panorama of the northern coastal cliffs awaits you. From Boca do Risco the trail, etched into the cliff face and following more or less the 300m contour, continues along the wildest stretch of coastline untill the town of Porto da Cruz.

A transfer (30min) will take you to Santana where you will stay for the next two nights.

LEVADA CALDEIRÃO VERDE Hike

PICO RUIVO to ENCUMEADA

Morning transfer to Achada do Teixeira (30min) where you will start. This energetic ridge walk begins just below Pico Ruivo (1862m), the highest summit of the Island and the third highest of Portugal, and heads west, 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 all is worth it due to the extremely beautiful landscapes and types of ecosystem that await the traveler, such as the Central Mountainous Massif and the Laurissilva Forest. This walk finishes at the hotel in Encumeada.

 

ENCUMEADA Loop

PAÚL DA SERRA to FANAL

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. The trail is located in an area of the Laurissilva forest classifed as a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO and member of the European Network of Sites of Community lmportance - 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, and get a good dose of relaxation therapy. 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.

A short 20min transfer will take you to your hotel in Porto Moniz.

LEVADA DA JANELA Hike

After a gorgeous 40min transfer to Lamaceiros along the northern coast begin the trail which follows the Levada da Ribeira da Janela. This levada, at an elevation of 500 metres, has its source in the bed of the Ribeira da Janela stream, which separates the lands of Porto Moniz from those of Ribeira da Janela Village. The exotic forest which you encounter at the beginning of the trail, with marime pines and eucalyptus, precedes the dense vegetation, characteristic of the Laurisilva forest. Waterfalls and frequent streams guarantee vitality to many species of flaura and fauna that abound along the levada. Tunnels are common along this levada, and as you pass between the long tunnels, you will get glimpses of the beautiful panoramic views of the Ribeira da Janela Valley landscape.

Transfer to Porto Moniz.

PRAZERES 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. A 45min transfer away from the hotel hike along the trail which in the past 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 calmly and take your time absorbing the landscape of the seashore 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 hotel (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.

RABAÇAL & 25 FONTES Hike

 

After a 30 min transfer to the surroundings of Rabaçal, start your hike, with an amazing hidden secret waiting for you today… After gently descending 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 endemic 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 enjoying a tasty traditional dinner.

 

ENCUMEADA to FUNCHAL

Following a 40min transfer to Encumeada, this trail runs along elevations between 1340 and 940 metres, crossing part of the Central Mountainous Massif along the foot of the highest peaks of the island of Madeira. This is an old “Royal Path” that  served as one of the main routes for the movement of peolpe on the island. In the landscape that unfolds before you, you will be able to see Curral das Freiras in the valley below. In 1566, this small village surrounded by enormous mountains in the heart of the island became a refuge for nuns from the Santa Clara Convent, who brought with them the treasures of the convent when pirates attacked Funchal. After this last day of adventure take a transfer to Funchal (40min) where you will stay for the last days of the program.

FUNCHAL

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 airport according to your time schedule.

 

Beginning at the regional highway E.R. 110 on the way up to Paul da Serra from Encumeada, this path follows the levadas of Serra and Norte, crossing an incredible area of native high-altitude vegetation, as well as the native Laurisilva forest, an area part of the Natura 2000 Network. Along the way, you will encounter magnificent views of the São Vicente Valley, as well as examples of the island’s architecture and heritage, as is the case of a “municipal path” - a public pathway used by the islanders to travel between the north and south sides of the island. Once you reach the top of the footpath at Pináculo you will have a view of the breathtaking landscape of the Ribeira Brava Valley and the Central Mountain Range, where the island’s two highest peaks stand out. Finish the day with a walk back to the hotel.

Distance Duration Elevation

Daily Distance

6 - 19 km

Trip Duration

14 days & 13 nights

Daily Elevation

100 - 750 meters

FROM

1.199 €

 

ACCOMMODATION

Comfort

 

DURATION

14 days | 13 nights

 

START | END

Machico | Funchal

TOUR GRADE

 

 

DISTANCE

6 - 19 km per day

 

ROUTE

Mountain terrain and “levadas”; Single tracks and cliff  trails

 

PROFILE

Hilly

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

  • Madeira's highest peaks

  • Quiet trails and stunning sceneries over the ocean

  • Madeira gastronomy, fresh fish and products

  • Unique black sand beaches in Madeira

Self-Guided

TRIP PRICE

TRIP PRICE PER PERSON 2018

ARE YOU A SOLO TRAVELER?

Available upon request

NOTE

Extra charge may apply for special occasions

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

INCLUDED

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 and relax with the view of beautiful Machico.

Beginning in the Queimadas Forestry Park, after a 20min transfer, the hike winds its way along the walkway of the levada of Caldeirão Verde at 980m elevation. This levada is an impressive work of art built in the 18th century which begins in the main stream bed of the Caldeirão Verde brook, passing through steep cliffs and mountains and carrying the water that runs off the highest mountains of Madeira. It is used for agricultural purposes, but is also an important means of reaching the interior of the deep valley of the São Jorge brook on foot, offering the traveler a vertiginous and spectacular view of the mountainous terrain of the interior of the island and the opportunity to walk through tunnels carved by hand out of the rock.

Short 20min transfer back to Santana.

THE ITINERARY

ARRIVAL 

Hotel White Waters

Day

1

Day

2

Hotel White Waters

Coastal Hike Day

7km, +500m

Hotel White Waters

Day

3

Day

4

Hotel O'Colmo

Inland & Coastal Hike Day

17km, +450m

Coastal Hike Day

11km, +600m

Hotel O'Colmo

Day

5

Day

6

Residencial Encumeada

Inland Hike Day

14km, +600m

Levadas Hike Day

13km, +100m

Residencial Encumeada

Day

7

Day

8

Hotel Euromoniz

Inland Hike Day

10km, +200m

Inland Hike Day

19km, +750m

Hotel Euromoniz

Day

9

Day

10

Hotel Jardim do Mar

Inland & Coastal Hike Day

6km, +600m

Levadas Hike Day

12km, +150m

Hotel Jardim do Mar

Day

11

Day

12

Hotel do Carmo

Inland Hike Day

13km, +500m

Inland Hike Day

10km, +100m

Hotel do Carmo

Day

13

Day

14

(2 persons based on double room occupation)

 

LOW SEASON

Individual room supplement

01.01. - 25.03.

01.11. - 23.12.

 

MEDIUM SEASON

Individual room supplement

02.04. - 26.06.

27.09. - 31.10.

 

HIGH SEASON

Individual room supplement

26.03. - 01.04. (Easter)

27.06. - 26.09.

1.099 €

+ 309 €

1.199 €

+ 309 €

1.249 €

+ 309 €

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MADEIRA ISLAND ADVENTURE

Coastal Nature Historical

- 13 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

 

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

 

- Liability and personal accidents Insurance

Guided

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TRIP PRICE PER PERSON 2018

(Group of 6 or more people)

 

LOW SEASON

Individual room supplement

01.01. - 25.03.

01.11. - 23.12.

 

MEDIUM SEASON

Individual room supplement

02.04. - 26.06.

27.09. - 31.10.

 

HIGH SEASON

Individual room supplement

26.03. - 01.04. (Easter)

27.06. - 26.09.

1.899 €

+ 309 €

2.099 €

+ 309 €

2.199 €

+ 309 €

YOUR PARTY IS LESS THAN 6 PEOPLE

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Extra charge may apply for special occasions

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

- 13 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

 

- 12 days of guided Hiking Tour

 

- 12 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

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