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EASTERN MADEIRA

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Famed for its levadas and flowers, Madeira is an excellent walking destination with a steady year-round climate.

Guided Walking Holidays Madeira

Whether you visit Funchal as part of our two week holiday or as a stand alone week, you will enjoy some excellent and varied walking.

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? Is it 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? 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.

Our hotel could not be in a better location in Funchal, just a stone's throw from many restaurants, shops, the fish and flower markets and the cable car up to Monte. This 1960s themed gem gives you the ability to explore this Atlantic jewel of a town further, especially as we take our evening strolls to dinner where we will sample local culture even further. Funchal really is a truly splendid place to be as the sun goes down over the harbour.


You might also like to take a look at our one week Western Madeira holiday or why not extend your stay by combining both one week holidays and discover Complete Madeira

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the amazing variety of walks around Funchal.
  • Follow the Levadas as they crisscross their way around and over the island.
  • Take the classic cliff path along the north coast to Porto da Cruz.
  • Walk from Boca da Corrida to Curral das Freiras. Some would say the best walk on the island.
  • Enjoy tasty Madeiran food in local restaurants each evening.
  • Soar high above Funchal by cable car to Monte
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Funchal (British Airways) 
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken in the hotels
      Dinners taken at local restaurants
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, 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.

This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1

    We fly into Funchal airport transfer to our hotel in the centre of Funchal.

  2. Day 2 to 7

    During our time on Madeira we will be spending our time exploring the island through a variety of walks. There will also be a free day  Some highlight walks that we aim to complete are as follows:

    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 viewpoint. The decision to finish at either Encumeada or Curral is weather dependent, Encumeada being a longer route. Either has spectacular views of the high peaks in all directions. To Encumeada 13km / 8 miles, +200m / -500m, 5 hours.

    Ribeira Frio to Portela - A straight forward and beautiful levada walk. There are spectacular views towards the central mountains from Balcoes near the beginning and later, down to the north coast by Porto da Cruz. The walks takes us through lush laurisilva forest of which Madeira is said to have the world’s best preserved example and concentration of this ancient forest. 13km / 8 miles, -200m, 4 ½ hours.

    North Coast Path - This is a really nice walk involving little levada walking. From the Caniçal tunnel we cross terraces, slowly rising to the Boca do Risco pass, where suddenly the sea opens up in front of us several hundred metres below. We then follow a narrow 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. 14km / 9 miles, +150m / -350m, 4 hours

    The Big Peaks - This is a fabulous walk, some would say one of the greatest day walks on the planet. 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 peaks poking through and the vast Atlantic beyond. From Pico Ruivo an easy path descends past the strange rocks at Homem en Pe to Achada do Teixeira. On our way back to the hotel we normally stop in Santana to see some of the island’s traditional thatched cottages. 10km / 6 miles, +610m / -830m, 5 hours 

    There will also be a free day generally on day five; Funchal is a nice place to stroll around and take it easy. Alternatively take the cable car to Monte and come back down in a sled on the cobbles. Touristy but fun. It is also possible to visit some of Madeira’s famous gardens or the basket weaving centre of Camacha. Dolphin watching is also available. Some groups undertake 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 cliffs are excellent. The walk is a there and back one, but perfect for an easier day when it might be wet in the mountains. 11km / 6.8 miles , +/-200m, 3 ½ hours

  3. Day 8

    It’s time to say farewell to Madeira as we take a short transfer to Funchal airport for our return flight to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Funchal (British Airways or Easyjet) 
  • Airport transfers by road c. 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.
     

 

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Do Carmo

This comfortable 1960's themed hotel is located within five minutes walk of the old marina and a stones throw from Funchal town centre and its facilities include a sun terrace with fantastic views of the old town and Atlantic Ocean, outdoor seating area, swimming pool, bar with pool table and lounge areas.


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