Walking holiday in Madeira

“Trek and transfer overland from Funchal where coastal paths, remote villages and stunning views over Madeira's mountainous interior await.”

Highlights

Funchal | Ponta de Sao Lourenco | north coast path to Porto da Cruz | Levada do Caldeirao Verde to Ilha village | Pico Ruivo ascent | Torrinhas Pass | stone staircase descent to Encumeada | Mercado dos Lavradores | Se Cathedral | optional wine tasting in Funchal |

Description of Walking holiday in Madeira

A walking holiday in Madeira will leave you in no uncertain terms as to the peaceful nature of the island with gentle gradients taking you through a rich variety of coastal and interior scenes where manmade levadas carry water from one agricultural project to the next and, in so doing, provide a rather handy series of footpaths.

From isolated villages and well-worn stone staircases to exploring the open markets and trading heritage of Funchal, Madeira walking holidays offer the perfect marriage of relaxation and cultural heritage with a brilliant background of stunning scenery to present Portugal’s natural beauty from an altogether different perspective.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

Map

Check dates, prices & availability

Date
Price
Basis
23 Dec 2017
£ 999
including UK flights
Full
 
10 Feb 2018
£ 999
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 10 Feb 2018 departure
24 Feb 2018
£ 859
including UK flights
4 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 24 Feb 2018 departure
17 Mar 2018
£ 899
including UK flights
Full
 
24 Mar 2018
£ 849
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 24 Mar 2018 departure
07 Apr 2018
£ 999
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 07 Apr 2018 departure
21 Apr 2018
£ 849
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 21 Apr 2018 departure
12 May 2018
£ 849
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 12 May 2018 departure
19 May 2018
£ 849
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 19 May 2018 departure
09 Jun 2018
£ 849
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 09 Jun 2018 departure
08 Sep 2018
£ 849
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 08 Sep 2018 departure
22 Sep 2018
£ 849
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 22 Sep 2018 departure
20 Oct 2018
£ 949
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 20 Oct 2018 departure
22 Dec 2018
£ 999
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 22 Dec 2018 departure
09 Feb 2019
£ 1029
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 09 Feb 2019 departure
16 Feb 2019
£ 849
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 16 Feb 2019 departure
23 Feb 2019
£ 849
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 23 Feb 2019 departure
16 Mar 2019
£ 849
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 16 Mar 2019 departure
23 Mar 2019
£ 849
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 23 Mar 2019 departure
06 Apr 2019
£ 849
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 06 Apr 2019 departure
11 May 2019
£ 899
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 11 May 2019 departure
08 Jun 2019
£ 899
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 08 Jun 2019 departure
07 Sep 2019
£ 899
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 07 Sep 2019 departure
21 Sep 2019
£ 899
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 21 Sep 2019 departure
19 Oct 2019
£ 999
including UK flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 19 Oct 2019 departure
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Walking holiday in Madeira

Activity:
As we spend the most part of this trip climbing and travelling by foot, the need for fuel chugging transport is largely eliminated. We operate with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy in order to protect the colourful flora and fauna we see along the way. At Funchal, clients have the chance to soak up some culture by seeing the Sé Cathedral, which was built between 1493 and 1514. Alternatively, we can support local craft and business by taking part in a tasting session of some of Madeira’s world renowned wines.

Accommodation and Meals:
Throughout your trek you will stay in good quality hotels and simple pensions. All of the accommodation is locally owned and run, which contributes to local employment levels. Each hotel is on a bed and breakfast basis, with a continental spread of fresh fruit, cheese, eggs, meats and bread. Lunches can be purchased at supermarkets or cafes recommended by your guide and dinners are a wonderful opportunity to become acquainted with Portuguese cuisine. Typical dishes include cod fish with potatoes and cream, grilled black scabbard fish, skewered or fried beef and honey cake.

Community:
We make several stops at villages and towns on our route, including Porto da Cruz, Santana, Encumeada , Curral das Freiras and Corticeiras. Several of these locations are quite rural and on an already small island, the local communities here depend heavily on tourism as a means of income. We use locally run shops, restaurants, transfers and public transport which helps boost the economy of each area on the trip. The 'Mercado dos Lavradores' (workers’ market) at Funchal is a highlight in terms of supporting small businesses in the area. Locals and tourists gather here to do business, buy and sell colourful fruit, fresh fish and souvenirs.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise that they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

Popular similar holidays

Alentejo & Algarve self guided walking holiday, Portugal

Alentejo & Algarve self guided walking holiday, Portugal

Independent coastal walking holidays in the Alentejo Coast

From €460 8 days excluding flights

Sintra Natural Park retreats & walks in Portugal

Sintra Natural Park retreats & walks in Portugal

Walking, yoga, R&R near beaches, forests, historic sites

From €600 - €1000 7 days excluding flights

Portugal guided walking holiday

Portugal guided walking holiday

Walking holidays in the Paneda-Geres National Park

From £660 6 days excluding flights

Alentejo self guided walking holiday, Portugal

Alentejo self guided walking holiday, Portugal

Walk the Fishermen's Trails along Rota Vicentina's landscape

From €370 6 days excluding flights

Convert currencies