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Complete Madeira

Madeira's volcanic origins are evident by the rocky shore line and rugged mountainous interior. Famed for its levadas and flowers, Madeira is an excellent walking destination with a steady year-round climate.

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 5

Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent.

The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.

Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • From Ponta do Sol on the south coast, walk across high moorland along the Levada do Paul.
  • Visit the world’s second highest sea-cliffs at Cabo Girao and head into the central mountains on our walk between Boca da Corrida and Encumeada.
  • Cross between the high peaks and admire the views to the valleys and coastlines below.
  • Experience local cuisine as we dine in local restaurants some evenings.
  • Soar high above Funchal by cable car to Monte.
  • Explore the little visited village of Porto Moniz, in the far northwest, with its unique natural bathing pools.
  • Trace the famous Levada footpaths running beside water channels, cutting through the mountains.
  • Walk forests of laurisilva before reaching the peaks pushing 2000m offering panoramic views across the island and beyond to the Atlantic.
  • Discover the incredible variety of walks around Funchal.
  • Enjoy tasty Madeiran food.

This holiday is a combination of our one week Eastern Madeira holiday and our one week Western Madeira holiday.

If you enjoy walking, have a good head for heights, and have never visited Madeira before, then one of your best holidays still lies ahead of you. It is the perfect walker’s island, with an extensive network of well maintained footpaths through very varied terrain. The famous levada footpaths run beside water channels which cut through the mountains, linking the relatively wet north half of the island with the reasonably dry south. Down by the coast is the subtropical vegetation of banana palms and custard apples. On the lush terraced slopes agapanthus and an array of colourful flowers brighten the way. Higher up there are forests of laurisilva before the peaks pushing towards 2000m offer panoramic views across the island and beyond to the Atlantic.

This two week holiday starts in the modern city of Funchal, with its dramatic mountainous lush green backdrop. It’s difficult to choose the best walk. Is it the high level walk between the island’s two highest peaks, Pico Arieiro and Pico Ruivo, sometimes above the clouds? Perhaps the walk from Boca da Corrida, through the lush eroded crater of an ancient volcano, down to Curral das Freiras with spectacular views of the high peaks? Or how about the high-level traverse from Boca do Risco along the north coast, finishing in the seaside town on Porto da Cruz? Every walk in eastern Madeira is complete with dramatic scenery and unique panoramic views! At the far eastern end of the island we walk across the windswept landscape of the Punta São Lourenço, utterly different from anywhere else on the island. 

Your holiday starts in the little visited village of Porto Moniz, in the far northwest, with its sheltered harbour where a mass of pointed reefs provide unique natural bathing pools. This little hidden gem receives so few visitors due to its remoteness, so our exploration here is unique and special. Amongst our walks is the peaceful Levada do Moinho with several watermills along its course and descents along cobbled tracks through pretty villages.

Our second centre is on the South Coast. We are are based in the quiet little town of Ponta do Sol where we cross high moorlands along the Levada do Paul, visit the world’s second highest sea-cliffs at Cabo Girão and explore the central mountains on our walk between Boca da Corrida and Encumeada.

If you have a good head for heights, you'll love Madeira!

Although our two week holiday is Grade 5, our walks from Funchal could also be described as Grade 6 due to some longer descents. Please see our Holiday Information Sheet for more details.

Our December holidays operate with a reversed itinerary, where we visit Porto Moniz first. We then travel to Ponta do Sol and end our holiday with 7 nights in Funchal. Please see our Holiday Information Sheet for these specific dates for more details.

  • Return flights from London to Funchal Airport
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken in the hotels
  • Dinners taken at the hotels or local restaurants
  • All local transport costs
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Funchal

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival in Funchal airport, we transfer by private coach our hotel in the centre of Funchal, ready to start our incredible 2 week adventure in Madeira.

Transfer Time = 1h 30m

Day 2-7

Discover Funchal

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bare in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

During our time in Funchal we will explore the island through a variety of walks which may include one or more of the following:

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    610/830m

The Big Peaks: This is an extraordinary walk, some would say one of the greatest day walks to be experienced! Starting at Pico Arieiro at over 1800m, we wind our way through spectacular rock formations to Pico Ruivo, passing through several tunnels on the way. Some days you are above the clouds, with the islands dramatic peaks poking through and the vast Atlantic beyond. From Pico Ruivo, an easy path descends past the strange and unique rocks at Homem en Pe to Achada do Teixeira. 

On our way back to the hotel we may have time to stop in Santana to see some of the island’s traditional thatched cottages.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150/350m

Ponto São Lourenço: The peninsula at the far eastern end of the island is utterly different from anywhere else on Madeira. Here there is bare eroded igneous rock with wonderful unique colour formations. It is dry, barren and windy, but the views over the rocky landscape and along the cliffs are out of this world. The walk is there and back, but perfect for an easier day when it might be wet in the mountains.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150/350m

North Coastal Path: From the Caniçal tunnel we cross terraces, slowly rising to the Boca do Risco pass, where suddenly the turquoise sea opens up in front of us several hundred metres below. We follow a narrow winding cliff path to the pretty village of Porto da Cruz where there will be time for refreshments or maybe a swim in the sea water pools at the beach before returning to Funchal.A great way to finish a fantastic day!

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Ribeira Frio to Portela: This is a beautiful and very enjoyable levada walk. There are spectacular views towards the central mountains from Balcoes and down to the north coast by Porto da Cruz. Our route takes us through lush laurisilva forest, a laurel type forest with a unique and niche selection of plants and animals. Madeira is said to have the world’s best preserved example and concentration of this ancient forest so this really is a unique and magical walk!

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/500m

Boca da Corrida to Encumeada or Curral das Freiras: This walk really has the wow factor from the minute you step off the bus at the Boca da Corrida panoramic viewpoint. The decision to finish at either Encumeada or Curral is weather dependent, Encumeada being a longer route. Both routes have spectacular views of the dramatic high peaks in all directions.

Free day: There will be a rest day offered during your time in Funchal for personal exploration. There are so many walking options to be considered, or maybe immerse yourself in culture by visiting other areas of Madeira.

  • Funchal is an enjoyable place to stroll around in and take it easy. Perhaps enjoy some souvenir shopping or explore some of its delightful restaurants and cafes for lunch!
  • It is possible to visit some of Madeira’s famous gardens or the basket weaving centre of Camacha. Dolphin watching is also available too! 
  • Some groups enjoy the Ponto São Lourenço walk at the far eastern end of the island, utterly different from anywhere else on Madeira. Here there is bare eroded igneous rock with wonderful colour formations. It is dry, barren and windy, but the views over the rocky landscape and along the craggy cliffs are incredible. This is a there and back walk but perfect for an easier day when it might be wet in the mountains.
  • Or maybe sit back and enjoy the hotel's swimming pool and bar area!

Day 8

Welcome to Porto Moniz

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we say farewell to Funchal and transfer by road across Madeira to Porto Moniz in the north west corner of the island. The journey is very scenic with spectacular mountain and coastal views.

Day 9-10

Discover Porto Moniz

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bare in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

During our time in Porto Moniz we will explore the island through a variety of walks which may include one or more of the following:

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150/900m

Levada Moinho: An uphill walk through woodland from Achadas da Cruz opens to a levada. The path is narrow at times, but well protected. The levada is often fast flowing, used as it was to power mills. There are wonderful sweeping views of the dramatic coast and steep hillsides with cultivated terracing. 

We can detour to the source of the levada, then follow it to Santa for a café refreshment, before continuing down the traditional cobbled steps to Porto Moniz.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50/460m

Levada da Janela: A great introduction to levada walking on Madeira! At the start of our walk near the pretty village of Lamaceiros, there are panoramic views through a terraced valley down to the azure sea. The flat levada path is lined by lush vegetation including agapanthus and eucalyptus. There are tunnels to venture through, thundering waterfalls and spectacular views inland into densely covered rolling hillsides. 

We return to the café in Lamaceiros for refreshments before the descent back to Porto Moniz, enjoying 360 degree views of the north coast on the way.

Day 11

Welcome to Ponta do Sol

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We transfer to Ponto do Sol for our remaining few days exploring Madeira.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Descent

    1300m

Lombo do Mouro - Our transfer bus takes us up on to the impressive Plateau of Paul Da Serra where we will have our first views of the dramatic Big Peaks. As we start to descend towards Encumeada the bus will drop us off and continue to Ponto Do Sol with our luggage. We will descend, initially on a small levada with open views of the Big Peaks to the east. We continue through Eucalyptus forest, emerging to fine views down the Ribeira Valley. We continue the descent through small villages to the coast at Ribeira Brava where there will be time for a drink before prearranged taxis will take us to the hotel at Ponto Do Sol on the south coast. 

Day 12-14

Experience Ponta do Sol

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bare in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

During our time in Ponta do Sol we will explore the island through a variety of walks which may include one or more of the following:

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Descent

    850m

Levada do Paul & 25 Fontes: Our walk begins at Christo Rei close to the Plateau of Paul Da Serra. We walk along the quiet Levada Do Paul with uninterrupted views to the dramatic south coast. Upon reaching Rabacal we continue through Laurissilva forest either on Levada Das 25 Fontes or Levada do Risco, both of which finish with impressive waterfalls. 25 Fontes (springs) is a group of waterfalls 30m high tumbling down to a rock pool and has become a premier must see spot in Madeira. 

Returning from the waterfalls, we continue through the Calheta tunnel, then taking a pleasant woodland path to Atouguia and the end of the walk.  

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/900m

Fontes & Chao dos Terreiros: Beginning in the village of Fontes we complete a circuit of the rolling hills to the north of the village before descending to Meia Legua in the lush Ribeira Valley. Heading uphill towards Terreiros, the views begin to open out towards Boca Da Cerro, Pico Grande and the Big Peaks. After a well earned rest with panoramic views at the summit, we return to Fontes. 

For those not wishing to undertake the descent, transport can be taken from here back to the hotel. However the views on the descent route are well worth the effort and the path, although narrow in places, is now much improved and enjoyable.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Descent

    580m

Cabo Girão & Levada do Norte to Faja: We begin with the visit to the Cabo Girão sea cliffs at 580m where its glass skywalk is now the most popular must see attraction in Madeira. Leaving the dramatic cliffs behind we walk along Levada Norte around lush rolling valleys and through sunny cultivated terraces. 

We will stop at a pleasant bar at Boa Morte at lunchtime before continuing towards Ribeira Funda. Leaving the levada below the pretty village, we take a stepped path down to Faja in the Ribeira Valley. The path down has 1600 steps and is a spectacular descent.

Day 15

Farewell

Meals

Breakfast

Our exploration of Madeira is over and we transfer to Funchal airport for our return flight to the UK.

From (GBP)£1,899

Departure dates for your selected tour

1st Nov 2021 - 15th Nov 2021 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Funchal Airport
  • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour 30 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.


Your Itinerary

Day 1

Porto Moniz

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly into Funchal airport and transfer by private coach across Madeira to Porto Moniz in the north west corner of the island. The journey is very scenic with spectacular mountain and coastal views.

Transfer Time = 1h 30m

Day 2-3

Explore Porto Moniz

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bare in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

During our time in Porto Moniz we will explore the island through a variety of walks which may include one or more of the following:

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50/460m

Levada da Janela: A great introduction to levada walking on Madeira! At the start of our walk near the pretty village of Lamaceiros, there are panoramic views through a terraced valley down to the azure sea. The flat levada path is lined by lush vegetation including agapanthus and eucalyptus. There are tunnels to venture through, thundering waterfalls and spectacular views inland into densely covered rolling hillsides. 

We return to the café in Lamaceiros for refreshments before the descent back to Porto Moniz, enjoying 360 degree views of the north coast on the way.

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150/900m

Levada Moinho: An uphill walk through woodland from Achadas da Cruz opens to a levada. The path is narrow at times, but well protected. The levada is often fast flowing, used as it was to power mills. There are wonderful sweeping views of the dramatic coast and steep hillsides with cultivated terracing. 

We can detour to the source of the levada, then follow it to Santa for a café refreshment, before continuing down the traditional cobbled steps to Porto Moniz.

Day 4

Welcome to Ponta do Sol

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we transfer to Ponta do Sol. Our walks are dependant on local weather conditions and may need to be walked on a different day so they may not follow this exact itinerary on a day to day basis.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Descent

    1300m

Lombo do Mouro:  Our transfer bus takes us up on to the impressive Plateau of Paul Da Serra where we will have our first views of the dramatic Big Peaks. As we start to descend towards Encumeada the bus will drop us off and continue to Ponto Do Sol with our luggage. We will descend, initially on a small levada with open views of the Big Peaks to the east. We continue through Eucalyptus forest, emerging to fine views down the Ribeira Valley. 

We continue the descent through small villages to the coast at Ribeira Brava where there will be time for a drink before prearranged taxis will take us to the hotel at Ponto Do Sol on the south coast.

Day 5-7

Discover Ponta do Sol

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bare in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

Today we transfer to Ponta do Sol. Our walks are dependant on local weather conditions and may need to be walked on a different day so they may not follow this exact itinerary on a day to day basis.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Descent

    850m

Levada do Paul & 25 Fontes: Our walk begins at Christo Rei close to the Plateau of Paul Da Serra. We walk along the quiet Levada Do Paul with uninterrupted views to the dramatic south coast. Upon reaching Rabacal we continue through Laurissilva forest either on Levada Das 25 Fontes or Levada do Risco, both of which finish with impressive waterfalls. 25 Fontes (springs) is a group of waterfalls 30m high tumbling down to a rock pool and has become a premier must see spot in Madeira. 

Returning from the waterfalls, we continue through the Calheta tunnel, then taking a pleasant woodland path to Atouguia and the end of the walk.  

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Descent

    580m

Cabo Girão & Levada do Norte to Faja: We begin with the visit to the Cabo Girão sea cliffs at 580m where its glass skywalk is now the most popular must see attraction in Madeira. Leaving the dramatic cliffs behind we walk along Levada Norte around lush rolling valleys and through sunny cultivated terraces. 

We will stop at a pleasant bar at Boa Morte at lunchtime before continuing towards Ribeira Funda. Leaving the levada below the pretty village, we take a stepped path down to Faja in the Ribeira Valley. The path down has 1600 steps and is a spectacular descent.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/900m

Fontes & Chao dos Terreiros: Beginning in the village of Fontes we complete a circuit of the rolling hills to the north of the village before descending to Meia Legua in the lush Ribeira Valley. Heading uphill towards Terreiros, the views begin to open out towards Boca Da Cerro, Pico Grande and the Big Peaks. After a well earned rest with panoramic views at the summit, we return to Fontes. 

For those not wishing to undertake the descent, transport can be taken from here back to the hotel. However the views on the descent route are well worth the effort and the path, although narrow in places, is now much improved and enjoyable.

 

Day 8

Welcome Funchal

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we transfer to Funchal. We have a morning transfer to Funchal. If rooms are not ready we will store our luggage at the hotel and make our way into the centre of Funchal. Our tour leader will do a guided walk around the main points of interest in the central area. You will have a free afternoon to explore the many delights of this surprisingly charming city.

Day 9-14

Experience Funchal

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bare in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

During our time in Funchal we will explore the island through a variety of walks which may include one or more of the following:

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/500m

Boca da Corrida to Encumeada or Curral das Freiras: This walk really has the wow factor from the minute you step off the bus at the Boca da Corrida panoramic viewpoint. The decision to finish at either Encumeada or Curral is weather dependent, Encumeada being a longer route. Both routes have spectacular views of the dramatic high peaks in all directions.

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Descent

    200m

Ribeira Frio to Portela: This is a beautiful and very enjoyable levada walk. There are spectacular views towards the central mountains from Balcoes and down to the north coast by Porto da Cruz. Our route takes us through lush laurisilva forest, a laurel type forest with a unique and niche selection of plants and animals. Madeira is said to have the world’s best preserved example and concentration of this ancient forest so this really is a unique and magical walk!

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150/350m

North Coastal Path: From the Caniçal tunnel we cross terraces, slowly rising to the Boca do Risco pass, where suddenly the turquoise sea opens up in front of us several hundred metres below. We follow a narrow winding cliff path to the pretty village of Porto da Cruz where there will be time for refreshments or maybe a swim in the sea water pools at the beach before returning to Funchal.A great way to finish a fantastic day!

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    610/830m

The Big Peaks: This is an extraordinary walk, some would say one of the greatest day walks to be experienced! Starting at Pico Arieiro at over 1800m, we wind our way through spectacular rock formations to Pico Ruivo, passing through several tunnels on the way. Some days you are above the clouds, with the islands dramatic peaks poking through and the vast Atlantic beyond. From Pico Ruivo, an easy path descends past the strange and unique rocks at Homem en Pe to Achada do Teixeira. On our way back to the hotel we may have time to stop in Santana to see some of the island’s traditional thatched cottages.

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6.8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Ponto São Lourenço: The peninsula at the far eastern end of the island is utterly different from anywhere else on Madeira. Here there is bare eroded igneous rock with wonderful unique colour formations. It is dry, barren and windy, but the views over the rocky landscape and along the cliffs are out of this world. The walk is there and back, but perfect for an easier day when it might be wet in the mountains.

Free day: There will be a rest day offered during your time in Funchal for personal exploration. There are so many walking options to be considered, or maybe immerse yourself in culture by visiting other areas of Madeira.

  • Funchal is an enjoyable place to stroll around in and take it easy. Perhaps enjoy some souvenir shopping or explore some of its delightful restaurants and cafes for lunch!
  • It is possible to visit some of Madeira’s famous gardens or the basket weaving centre of Camacha. Dolphin watching is also available too! 
  • Some groups enjoy the Ponto São Lourenço walk at the far eastern end of the island, utterly different from anywhere else on Madeira. Here there is bare eroded igneous rock with wonderful colour formations. It is dry, barren and windy, but the views over the rocky landscape and along the craggy cliffs are incredible. This is a there and back walk but perfect for an easier day when it might be wet in the mountains.
  • Or maybe sit back and enjoy the hotel's swimming pool and bar area!

Day 15

Farewell

Meals

Breakfast

Our exploration of Madeira is over and it’s a short transfer to Funchal airport for our return flight to the UK.

From (GBP)£2,595

Departure dates for your selected tour

20th Dec 2022 - 3rd Jan 2023 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Funchal Airport
  • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour 30 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.


Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Funchal

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival in Funchal airport, we transfer by private coach our hotel in the centre of Funchal, ready to start our incredible 2 week adventure in Madeira.

Transfer Time = 1h 30m

Day 2-7

Discover Funchal

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bare in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

During our time in Funchal we will explore the island through a variety of walks which may include one or more of the following:

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    610/830m

The Big Peaks: This is an extraordinary walk, some would say one of the greatest day walks to be experienced! Starting at Pico Arieiro at over 1800m, we wind our way through spectacular rock formations to Pico Ruivo, passing through several tunnels on the way. Some days you are above the clouds, with the islands dramatic peaks poking through and the vast Atlantic beyond. From Pico Ruivo, an easy path descends past the strange and unique rocks at Homem en Pe to Achada do Teixeira. 

On our way back to the hotel we may have time to stop in Santana to see some of the island’s traditional thatched cottages.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150/350m

Ponto São Lourenço: The peninsula at the far eastern end of the island is utterly different from anywhere else on Madeira. Here there is bare eroded igneous rock with wonderful unique colour formations. It is dry, barren and windy, but the views over the rocky landscape and along the cliffs are out of this world. The walk is there and back, but perfect for an easier day when it might be wet in the mountains.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150/350m

North Coastal Path: From the Caniçal tunnel we cross terraces, slowly rising to the Boca do Risco pass, where suddenly the turquoise sea opens up in front of us several hundred metres below. We follow a narrow winding cliff path to the pretty village of Porto da Cruz where there will be time for refreshments or maybe a swim in the sea water pools at the beach before returning to Funchal.A great way to finish a fantastic day!

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200m

Ribeira Frio to Portela: This is a beautiful and very enjoyable levada walk. There are spectacular views towards the central mountains from Balcoes and down to the north coast by Porto da Cruz. Our route takes us through lush laurisilva forest, a laurel type forest with a unique and niche selection of plants and animals. Madeira is said to have the world’s best preserved example and concentration of this ancient forest so this really is a unique and magical walk!

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    200/500m

Boca da Corrida to Encumeada or Curral das Freiras: This walk really has the wow factor from the minute you step off the bus at the Boca da Corrida panoramic viewpoint. The decision to finish at either Encumeada or Curral is weather dependent, Encumeada being a longer route. Both routes have spectacular views of the dramatic high peaks in all directions.

Free day: There will be a rest day offered during your time in Funchal for personal exploration. There are so many walking options to be considered, or maybe immerse yourself in culture by visiting other areas of Madeira.

  • Funchal is an enjoyable place to stroll around in and take it easy. Perhaps enjoy some souvenir shopping or explore some of its delightful restaurants and cafes for lunch!
  • It is possible to visit some of Madeira’s famous gardens or the basket weaving centre of Camacha. Dolphin watching is also available too! 
  • Some groups enjoy the Ponto São Lourenço walk at the far eastern end of the island, utterly different from anywhere else on Madeira. Here there is bare eroded igneous rock with wonderful colour formations. It is dry, barren and windy, but the views over the rocky landscape and along the craggy cliffs are incredible. This is a there and back walk but perfect for an easier day when it might be wet in the mountains.
  • Or maybe sit back and enjoy the hotel's swimming pool and bar area!

Day 8

Welcome to Porto Moniz

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we say farewell to Funchal and transfer by road across Madeira to Porto Moniz in the north west corner of the island. The journey is very scenic with spectacular mountain and coastal views.

Day 9-10

Discover Porto Moniz

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bare in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

During our time in Porto Moniz we will explore the island through a variety of walks which may include one or more of the following:

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150/900m

Levada Moinho: An uphill walk through woodland from Achadas da Cruz opens to a levada. The path is narrow at times, but well protected. The levada is often fast flowing, used as it was to power mills. There are wonderful sweeping views of the dramatic coast and steep hillsides with cultivated terracing. 

We can detour to the source of the levada, then follow it to Santa for a café refreshment, before continuing down the traditional cobbled steps to Porto Moniz.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50/460m

Levada da Janela: A great introduction to levada walking on Madeira! At the start of our walk near the pretty village of Lamaceiros, there are panoramic views through a terraced valley down to the azure sea. The flat levada path is lined by lush vegetation including agapanthus and eucalyptus. There are tunnels to venture through, thundering waterfalls and spectacular views inland into densely covered rolling hillsides. 

We return to the café in Lamaceiros for refreshments before the descent back to Porto Moniz, enjoying 360 degree views of the north coast on the way.

Day 11

Welcome to Ponta do Sol

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We transfer to Ponto do Sol for our remaining few days exploring Madeira.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Descent

    1300m

Lombo do Mouro - Our transfer bus takes us up on to the impressive Plateau of Paul Da Serra where we will have our first views of the dramatic Big Peaks. As we start to descend towards Encumeada the bus will drop us off and continue to Ponto Do Sol with our luggage. We will descend, initially on a small levada with open views of the Big Peaks to the east. We continue through Eucalyptus forest, emerging to fine views down the Ribeira Valley. We continue the descent through small villages to the coast at Ribeira Brava where there will be time for a drink before prearranged taxis will take us to the hotel at Ponto Do Sol on the south coast. 

Day 12-14

Experience Ponta do Sol

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bare in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

During our time in Ponta do Sol we will explore the island through a variety of walks which may include one or more of the following:

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Descent

    850m

Levada do Paul & 25 Fontes: Our walk begins at Christo Rei close to the Plateau of Paul Da Serra. We walk along the quiet Levada Do Paul with uninterrupted views to the dramatic south coast. Upon reaching Rabacal we continue through Laurissilva forest either on Levada Das 25 Fontes or Levada do Risco, both of which finish with impressive waterfalls. 25 Fontes (springs) is a group of waterfalls 30m high tumbling down to a rock pool and has become a premier must see spot in Madeira. 

Returning from the waterfalls, we continue through the Calheta tunnel, then taking a pleasant woodland path to Atouguia and the end of the walk.  

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    500/900m

Fontes & Chao dos Terreiros: Beginning in the village of Fontes we complete a circuit of the rolling hills to the north of the village before descending to Meia Legua in the lush Ribeira Valley. Heading uphill towards Terreiros, the views begin to open out towards Boca Da Cerro, Pico Grande and the Big Peaks. After a well earned rest with panoramic views at the summit, we return to Fontes. 

For those not wishing to undertake the descent, transport can be taken from here back to the hotel. However the views on the descent route are well worth the effort and the path, although narrow in places, is now much improved and enjoyable.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Descent

    580m

Cabo Girão & Levada do Norte to Faja: We begin with the visit to the Cabo Girão sea cliffs at 580m where its glass skywalk is now the most popular must see attraction in Madeira. Leaving the dramatic cliffs behind we walk along Levada Norte around lush rolling valleys and through sunny cultivated terraces. 

We will stop at a pleasant bar at Boa Morte at lunchtime before continuing towards Ribeira Funda. Leaving the levada below the pretty village, we take a stepped path down to Faja in the Ribeira Valley. The path down has 1600 steps and is a spectacular descent.

Day 15

Farewell

Meals

Breakfast

Our exploration of Madeira is over and we transfer to Funchal airport for our return flight to the UK.

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Departure dates for your selected tour

7th Feb 2022 - 21st Feb 2022 (14 Nights)

14th Mar 2022 - 28th Mar 2022 (14 Nights)

13th Apr 2022 - 27th Apr 2022 (14 Nights)

12th Sep 2022 - 26th Sep 2022 (14 Nights)

31st Oct 2022 - 14th Nov 2022 (14 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Funchal Airport
  • Airport transfers by road c. 1 hour 30 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.


Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel do Carmo

Funchal is a modern city with a dramatic mountainous lush green backdrop. It is a surprisingly quiet city with winding narrow roads and 500 years of history represented in its museums, churches and gardens. In contrast, it's also an exuberant modern city with water activities, nightlife, docking port and a variety of shops. Most shops, restaurants and other services you may require are within walking distance from the hotel.

The Hotel do Carmo is a simple three star 1960's themed city hotel. It is centrally placed in Funchal, not far from the old marina and main resort centre. It is close to buses and cable cars, perfect for our programme plus exploration in the evenings and on your free day! Facilities include a sun terrace with fantastic views of the picturesque old town and impressive Atlantic Ocean. There is an outdoor seating area, a swimming pool, bar with pool table and a cosy lounge area to relax in.

We stay in twin and double bedded rooms. Single rooms are double for sole use. Rooms are uniquely decorated with photos of various 1960's icons. The furniture is simple and from the 1960's period so you may find antique tills, telephones and stereo's dotted around your room and the hotel! Its quirky décor and unique design may not be to everyone's taste but this hotel has been selected as its location is superb.

Room facilities include:

  • En suite bathrooms
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • Free WIFI
  • Hairdryer 
  • A private balcony

Like most hotels in Madeira, rooms do not include tea and coffee making facilities.

Aqua Natura Hotel & Spa

Porto Moniz is a relaxing coastal village and offers magnificent levadas and phenomenal sea views. There are a variety of facilities including shops, mini supermarkets, bakery, bars, restaurants and cafes. There is also a small bank with an ATM, a tourist office, and bus station.

The Aqua Natura Hotel is a contemporary four star hotel delightfully situated in the cosy parish of Porto Moniz. Close by to the natural pools it is surrounded by the Atlantic and the cliffs of Madeira’s coast. Facilities include a solarium area equipped with Jacuzzi and sauna. Guests are offered free access to the natural swimming pools of Porto Moniz, definitely worth a visit!

We stay in double and twin  bedded rooms. Single rooms are usually include single beds.

  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • Telephone
  • TV
  • Free WIFI
  • Fridge 
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Balcony with sea views

Enotel Sunset Bay

Ponta do Sol is located between two mountains and is known as the sunpoint of Madeira as it is one of the sunniest points on the island! It is a peaceful picturesque village with pebble beaches and beautiful hilly landscape. The centre is very small with 1 miniature supermarket, however it is ideal for relaxing and seeing the real Madeira! 

We stay in the recently refurbished four star Enotel Sunset Bay with direct access to the sea! The hotel reception area and its restaurant has been enlarged and refurbished with modern furnishings. Other refurbished facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool, Turkish bath, sauna, gym, a rooftop solarium and cocktail bar!

We stay in recently refurbished double and twin bedded rooms. Single rooms are usually double for sole use. The facilities include:

  • Ensuite bathrooms with a walk in shower
  • Television
  • Telephone
  • Free WIFI
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer 
  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar

Like most hotels in Madeira, rooms do not include tea and coffee making facilities.

Aqua Natura Bay

Porto Moniz is a relaxing coastal village and offers magnificent levadas and phenomenal sea views. There are a variety of facilities including shops, mini supermarkets, bakery, bars, restaurants and cafes. There is also a small bank with an ATM, a tourist office, and bus station.

For 2022 onwards, we stay at the modern 4 star Aqua Natura Bay Hotel, delightfully situated in the cosy parish of Porto Moniz. Close to the natural pools on the other side of the bay, it is surrounded by the Atlantic and the cliffs of Madeira’s coast. This new hotel opened in June 2021, and includes a wellness and health centre with an indoor pool, solarium, Turkish bath and massage treatments. Perhaps gaze at the magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean from the outdoor heated pool or relax in the sauna and jacuzzi. Guests also have use of the natural swimming pools located in Porto Moniz.

We stay in twin bedded rooms. Single rooms usually contain single beds. Rooms are bright with contemporary furniture and modern décor. Facilities include:

  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • Safe
  • Minibar
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Free WIFI
  • Air conditioning
  • Sea view

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

The is a grade 5 walking holiday. There are several types of paths on Madeira: almost completely flat levada paths which run beside the water channels criss-crossing the island; mountain paths through the central area around Curral das Freiras or the major peaks which can be steep at times; engineered paths, sometimes along cobbled or vehicle tracks, which descend towards the coast and coastal paths which undulate high above the sea. Some of the walks along the high peaks are dependant on weather conditions so may not be possible. To enjoy the walks you need a good head for heights and to be prepared for occasional long descents of around 1000m. Although the holiday is a Grade 5 there are some walks that are more a Grade 6 due to long descents of up to 1,250m. The maximum altitude we reach on this holiday is 1,870m.

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Entrance Fees

You may also wish to allow £5-8pp for entrance fees.

Currency in Portugal

The currency in Portugal is the euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Regional Transfers

Regional Flights (R3). We offer regional flight options on this holiday and there will be one or two transfer vehicles between the airport and hotel to minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport on the outward or return journeys.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Torches / Headtorches

On this holiday you will find it extremely helpful to bring a head torch or hand held torch to assist you.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Portugal

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful. 

Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK. 

Suggested map is 'Madeira Tour and Trail Map - David Brawn. To give you an idea of the walking on offer on Madeira why not take a look at the Trailblazer Madeira Walks book with downloadable GPS tracks and waypoints. Written by Oliver Breda. 

Visit Madeira

Visit Portugal

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Funchal, Madeira Islands by Unravel Travel TV on Youtube. 

Madeira Travel Guide 2020 by Madeira Travel Guide et al.

A Birdwatcher’s guide to Portugal, the Azores and Madeira Archipelagos by Colm Moore

Madeira Walks: Challenging Trails and High Altitude Routes by Shirely and Mike White Head, Rosamund Brawn et al.

Lonely Planet Pocket Madeira by Lonely Planet and Marc Di Duca

BBC 4’s TV programme – Nature Wonderlands: Islands of Evolution see’s Richard Fortey travel to Madeira in episode 3 to examine volcanic islands.

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: [email protected]

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Portugal

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Portugal. 

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus. 

Dengue fever exists in Portugal; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Ramblers Walking Holidays that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the trip, including all optional activities.

Your travel insurance policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation. Please ensure your policy covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are walking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover are not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Looking for travel insurance cover?

If you have not already arranged cover, please visit SunWorld who offer travel insurance.

SunWorld policies include cover for COVID-19, subject to applicable terms and conditions.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

From January 1st, 2021 UK travellers can continue to use their European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) – which can last up to five years, until its expiry date, to gain access to medical assistance during your holiday. However, you will no longer be covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travellers without a valid EHIC can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replaces the EHIC once it has been phased out. Please note however that the EHIC/GHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Portugal

  • Capital

    Lisbon

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Portuguese

  • Time Difference

    UTC, UTC +01:00

  • Flight duration

    3hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 109mm

  • February

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 93mm

  • March

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • April

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 52mm

  • June

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 26mm

  • July

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 12mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 16mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 44mm

  • October

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • November

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 111mm

  • December

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 120mm

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