6 independent reviews for Madeira walking holiday

Reviews for Madeira walking holiday

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review 25 Aug 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The walks were excellent. The hike to the top of the mountain was especially memorable. The lead as we're so interesting. Our guide, Philippe, was absolutely wonderful - better than excellent.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be ready to enjoy the company of others, to enjoy the food and the beautiful environment.Yes

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes - we supported local businesses and were responsible visitors.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent - 10/10

review 7 Apr 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Getting to the top of Pico Ruivo (the highest peak in Madeira) above the cloud level.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Walking poles are useful.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. We ate at small local places and tried many foods grown, caught or produced locally.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent

review 26 Apr 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Each day's hike showed a different landscape - lots of variety.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

It is classed as a moderate walking holiday but there are some aspects of it which are challenging so a good level of fitness is required.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The English guide was extremely enthusiastic about Madeira and knew the island very well, but I feel that a local guide should have been used. All other staff were local.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Extremely enjoyable holiday. One that I would recommend.

review 25 Feb 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The walks, particularly when the weather allowed us to view the spectacular scenery and the group of people we walked with.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

BRING A FULL SET OF WATERPROOFS!!! We went in February and did not pack over-trousers and regretted it. It is cold in the mountains and any cloud coming over the Island has to climb 1800m, so will deposit a full load of rain on you. We walked on one day in heavy rain from start to finish and were soaked through. Our assumption that we would be warm as we were on a subtropical island was wrong. Come prepared for bad weather and then you will be able to enjoy it more if the weather is good!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We ate in local restaurants and used local drivers.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Our tour leader did very well to choose walks that we could do in inclement weather conditions, he was attentive and ensured the experience was fun and memorable.

review 14 Nov 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Sea kayaking and swimming with the turtle.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

You need to have a relative level of fitness.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, guide was local.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Great. Problem though with monarch airline transfers, delay resulting on missing our connection back to Ireland.

review 12 Feb 2007

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The balcony walk - beautiful, interesting, fabulous views, challenging.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take waterproofs and good pair of boots. Book later if you want to be sure of better weather, but early season meant we saw NO ONE on the walks, except occasionally near the beginning or end.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Expected to have a local guide, providing local employment, but he was British. Had 2 local drivers. Obviously provided income at hotels, shops etc. Driving around not good for environment but guess walking is OK if you're careful.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Walks were VERY well planned, giving great variety and insight into geography/geology of island. Disappointed in hotel accommodation which was adequate, clean etc but somewhat shabby, absolutely no outlook from rooms (6ft from another rooms window in one case so had to keep curtains closed.) Felt that for price paid it should have been better. Guide was very good. Group dynamics easy and pleasant but actually don't think this group holiday malarkey is for me! Weather was pretty shocking but that was just bad luck! Madeira is stunningly beautiful, Funchal very pretty, but the island more developed than I expected. So overall: ***

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