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Hiking holidays around Madeira with Charme hotels

Unique coastal hikes and blooming gardens.

Explore the diverse and impressive island in the Atlantic Ocean. There are steep and rugged coastal lines, green hills and small bays great for swimming as well as cloud forests and sun-drenched banana plantations. The flower island, Madeira, offers a versatile scenery and a pleasant climate all year round. The dry east, the cool north, the barren mountains, the moist high plateaus and the sunny south all invite you to come and explore this wonderful island. At all times of the year, there are different flowers and trees blooming at different altitudes. The friendly and tradition-conscious locals invite you to get to know their country and their culture. Discover all sides of Madeira on this round trip! 

Hiking in Maderia calls for packing multipurpose clothing. In the north, surrounded by barren mountains and wet plateaus, it is cool. The sunny south impresses with flowers, eucalyptus trees and diverse cultures. The island with its 235.000 inhabitants leaves plenty of room for romantic and idyllic hikes. One of the most beautiful villages in Madeira is Prazeres. Here you can experience the original life of the islanders. Fancy something extraordinary for the grand finale? Grab a toboggan and start the fast ride down. It starts above the Funchal in Monte.

Itinerary

Today you can relax on the black sandy beach in the small fishing village Porto da Cruz. You can visit one of the last remaining sugar mills where you can try the well-known “Poncha”, which is a local drink made from sugar cane liquor, honey and freshly squeezed orange juice.

After a short transfer to Machico, you will walk along the impressive north coast on one of the old supply routes, which was previously used to cultivate the vineyards. Today one of the nicest footpaths runs along this route to Porto da Cruz. Enjoy the breath-taking views.

approx. 4.5 – 5 h
approx. 15 km
550 m
550 m

In the traditional village of Santana, known for its typical houses, your day's stage starts. Marvel at the traditional houses with their thatched roofs and stroll through the town, which is well worth seeing, before you continue to the start of the hike. The wonderful Levada do Rei leads you through primeval forest-like vegetation to the waterfall and the springs of Ribeiro Bonito. Through short tunnels you will reach an almost magical place at the head of the river valley. Finally, enjoy one of the famous drinks and cakes in the inviting bar Quinta do Levada.

approx. 3 h
approx. 10 km
350 m
350 m

Transfer to the mountains or more specifically to the Paul da Serra high plateau. Today’s walk brings you closer to Madeira’s green mountains. You will walk along high-altitude paths rich in spectacular views, through shady laurel forests, which are partially an UNESCO world cultural heritage site. An amazing hiking trail takes you through colorful blooming broom bushes to Fanal, a fairytale-like wood forest and pasture area: crooked trees, green meadows and grazing highland cattle create a very special mystical atmosphere. In the afternoon you reach the coastal village of Porto Moniz with its wonderful views at the blue sea. This charming place is well-known for its natural swimming pools, which were formed by the ocean from black lava rock.

approx. 3.5 – 4 h
approx. 11 km
150 m
350 m

Today you will walk along the south west coastline via green hills, which steeply drop into the sea after a while. In this part of the island you will discover the original way of life of its habitants, especially Prazeres is known as one of the loveliest villages of Madeira island. On your walk through fragrant eucalyptus forests, you will keep seeing Callas, Amarryllis and Agapanthus growing wildly. You will stay overnight in the lively coastal village, Calheta. It has a fine sandy beach and an elegant marina.

approx. 4.5 – 5 h
approx. 17 km
50 m
650 m

Short transfer along the southern coast before you set off up to Levada do Norte where you get amazing views from. It is also the longest and widest Levada in the south. You will walk through typical farmed terraces and discover a vast variety of fruits. Along small villages like Quinta Grande and Campanario to the Cabo Girao, which is the highest steep cliff in Europe. From there you will get a fantastic view of the terraced fields below you and of the coastline until the capital, Funchal.

approx. 5 h
approx. 15 km
250 m
150 m

You reach the pilgimage site Monte by cable car, situated high above Funchal. After a visit to the church Nossa Senhora do Monte you can marvel at the dynamic wicker basket sledgers before embarking on your final stage. With a marvellous view onto the coast from Funchal the route leads you once again across subtropical island vegetation and back into the capital. We highly recommend you visit the amazing botanical garden giving you an understanding of the exotic flora of the island on an area of 35 000 square metres.

approx. 3 h
approx. 8 km
100 m
550 m

Tour character

Daily routes along well-built and very diverse paths, which can however sometimes be on narrow paths. Lots of paths run along the coastline and also along Levadas (irrigation canals), where a head for heights and sure-footnedness are essential in some sections. You will need a good level of fitness for this waking holiday where the walks may take max. 5 hours.

Prices and dates

All data for 2024 at a glance
Place of arrival: Porto da Cruz
  Season 1
06.01.2024 - 09.03.2024
27.10.2024 - 07.12.2024

Arrival Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Season 2
10.03.2024 - 25.05.2024
29.09.2024 - 26.10.2024

Arrival Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Season 3
26.05.2024 - 28.09.2024

Arrival Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Around Madeira, 8 days, cat. Charme, PO-MAWPF-08D
Base price
1'145.-
1'319.-
1'435.-
Surcharge single room 649.- 649.- 649.-

Category: see "Your hotels"

Season 1
Jan 6, 2024 - Mar 9, 2024
Oct 27, 2024 - Dec 7, 2024
Arrival Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Season 2
Mar 10, 2024 - May 25, 2024
Sep 29, 2024 - Oct 26, 2024
Arrival Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Season 3
May 26, 2024 - Sep 28, 2024
Arrival Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Around Madeira, 8 days, cat. Charme, PO-MAWPF-08D
Base price
Surcharge single room
1'145.-
649.-
1'319.-
649.-
1'435.-
649.-

Category: see "Your hotels"

Season 1
Jan 6, 2024 - Mar 9, 2024
Oct 27, 2024 - Dec 7, 2024
Season 2
Mar 10, 2024 - May 25, 2024
Sep 29, 2024 - Oct 26, 2024
Season 3
May 26, 2024 - Sep 28, 2024
Porto da Cruz
Double room p.P.
Surcharge single room
Funchal
Double room p.P.
Surcharge single room
85.-
55.-
129.-
145.-
85.-
55.-
145.-
145.-
85.-
55.-
155.-
145.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Porto da Cruz
  Season 1
Jan 6, 2024 - Mar 9, 2024
Oct 27, 2024 - Dec 7, 2024

Arrival Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Season 2
Mar 10, 2024 - May 25, 2024
Sep 29, 2024 - Oct 26, 2024

Arrival Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Season 3
May 26, 2024 - Sep 28, 2024

Arrival Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Porto da Cruz
Double room p.P. 85.- 85.- 85.-
Surcharge single room 55.- 55.- 55.-
Funchal
Double room p.P. 129.- 145.- 155.-
Surcharge single room 145.- 145.- 145.-
Prices per person in CHF

Services and information

Services

Included:

  • Accommodation as mentioned incl. breakfast 
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Transfers according to program
  • 1 Bus ride from Cabo Girao to Funchal
  • 1 Uphill cable car journey to Monte/Funchal
  • Carefully elaborated route description 
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Note: 

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Reservation fee of CHF 20.- per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection) 
Information

Arrival/Departure:

  • Funchal airport. By bus it takes about 30 minutes to get to Porto da Cruz or you can take a short taxi ride costing about CHF 35.- per journey. 
  • The return journey to Funchal airport from Funchal takes about 1 hour. The taxi costs about CHF 35.- and takes about 30 minutes. 

Other important information:

  • The distance travelled is approximate and may differ from the actual distance. 
  • Travel cancellation insurance, including travel interruption insurance is recommended. 

Accommodation

Ratings

4.7 of 5 Stars (6 Ratings)
5 stars
Laurence C. CH | 28.04.2023
Rando à Madère : top !
Une grande bouffée d'oxygène dans une luxuriante nature sur des beaux itinéraires. Toute l'organisation "clé en main" a fonctionné tip-top. Les randos sont faciles mais déconseillées à ceux qui ont le vertige.
4 stars
Miriam Rüthemann CH | 20.10.2022
Eine Reise wert
Wir sind nicht das erstemal mit Eurotrek unterwegs und haben die Wandertour nach dem Tourencharakter (3) ausgewählt. Diese Einstufung ist nach uns zu hoch. Wir würden eine 2 vergeben, da es kaum Steigungen und wenig Abstiege hatte. Die Strecken entlang der Levadas wurden schnell etwas eintönig. Ansonsten gefiel es uns sehr gut: nette Insulaner, die alle bestens Englisch sprechen, warmes und sonniges Wetter, ausgezeichnete Küche und hübsche Hotels. Spannende Landschaften in den vier unterschiedlichen Regionen machten den einwöchigen Aufenthalt zum Erlebnis.
5 stars
Thomas K. CH | 22.05.2022
Madeira Mai 2022
Sehr gut zusammengestellte und abwechslungsreiche Routen. Man bekommt in kurzer Zeit einen Überblick der verschiedenen Landesteile der Insel.
5 stars
Cecilia Germann CH | 03.05.2022
Magische Landschaft
Der wenig bewohnte Norden der Insel hat mir am besten gefallen, ich bin bewusst alleine gewandert, um die Landschaft ohne Ablenkung in mich aufzunehmen. Es war einfach fantastisch. Diese kleine Insel ist unglaublich vielfältig und eindrücklich.
4 stars
Susanne Keller-Winzenried CH | 20.04.2022
Atemberaubende Aussichten
Wir können nicht einzelne Orte aufzählen. Jede Tour war einzigartig. Jede Wanderung hatte etwas besonderes. Die Einführung war nur in Englisch und sehr schnell, die wäre noch ausbaufähig.
Reto Zingg
Reto Zingg answered:
Vielen Dank für Ihre positive Bewertung. Gerne werden wir Ihre Anmerkung zur Reiseeinführung unserem Partner vor Ort mitteilen.
5 stars
Ute B. CH | 03.04.2022
Abwechslungsreiche Wanderungen auf wunderschöner Insel
Wir waren insgesamt mit der Wanderwoche auf Madeira und der Organisation durch Eurotrek sehr zufrieden. Die Organisation von Ihrem Partner von der Einführung am Vorabend bis zum Abholen am Morgen bei den Hotels und nach der Wanderung war sehr zuverlässig. Die Wegbeschreibungen waren sehr gut. Die Zusammenstellung der Wanderungen sehr abwechslungsreich, man kam in unterschiedliche Regionen und Höhenlagen der Insel. Mit den Hotels waren wir auch sehr zufrieden und vor allem deren Nähe zum Meer hat uns sehr gut gefallen.

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