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Hiking holidays Around Madeira, 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! 

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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 town, Santana, which is well-known for its typical houses, you will start today’s stage. Accompanied by amazing panoramic views you ascend from the wild coastline, further upwards past small gardens with wine, sugar canes, vegetables and fruit, until you reach a spectacular viewpoint. From there you can see across the entire northern shore stretching from Porto Moniz to Ponta de Sao Lourenco. If the weather is great then you will also be able to see the neighboring island Porto Santo, which is located north of Madeira. The stunning Kings Levada then leads you through jungle-like vegetation to the waterfall and springs of Ribeiro Bonito.

approx. 4.5 – 5 h
approx. 15 km
650 m
150 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 2022 at a glance
Place of arrival: Porto da Cruz
  Season 1
08.01.2022 - 19.03.2022
30.10.2022 - 10.12.2022

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Season 2
20.03.2022 - 28.05.2022
25.09.2022 - 29.10.2022

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Season 3
29.05.2022 - 24.09.2022

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Around Madeira, 8 days, cat. charming hotels, self-guided tour, PO-MAWPF-08D
Base price
1'039.-
1'125.-
1'229.-
Surcharge single room 639.- 639.- 639.-

Category: see "Your hotels"

Season 1
Jan 8, 2022 - Mar 19, 2022
Oct 30, 2022 - Dec 10, 2022
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Season 2
Mar 20, 2022 - May 28, 2022
Sep 25, 2022 - Oct 29, 2022
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Season 3
May 29, 2022 - Sep 24, 2022
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Around Madeira, 8 days, cat. charming hotels, self-guided tour, PO-MAWPF-08D
Base price
Surcharge single room
1'039.-
639.-
1'125.-
639.-
1'229.-
639.-

Category: see "Your hotels"

Prices per person in CHF

Services and information

Services

Included:

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • 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)
  • App for navigation and GPS-data available
  • Service hotline

Note: 

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Special dates on request
  • Reservation fee of CHF 15 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

4.8 of 5 Stars (4 Ratings)
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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