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Madeira – An Island Adventure

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Homepage > Portugal > Madeira – An Island Adventure
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2-3
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7th January to 9th December
  • Location: Canico, Maderia

Madeira Cycling

Tour Details

Cycling in Madeira, does that work? Of course, you have concerns about this too, seeing that the island is, of course, a well-known walking paradise! We can however assure you that it works very well! On wonderful panoramic roads, you will cycle around pretty much all of the island. In the places where it is too mountainous, we provide transfers to help you out. You can enjoy a summer-like climate here all year round as well as the exotic flora and fauna. On your way, you will find wonderful parks and gardens, still bays and spectacular cliffs. But you don’t miss out on culture on this tour either!

This Portuguese island was already settled in the 15th Century in the centre of the Atlantic and left behind magnificent monumental fortresses’. Spend a wonderful week on this flowery island! World Cultural Heritage site landscape, old sailor culture and above all the hospitable Madeirans will delight you!

Remember on all our cycling holidays in Portugal, we book your accommodation, luggage transfers, and give you detailed route instructions.

Starting Location

Canico, Maderia

Price Includes

  • 7 Nights on Bed and Breakfast in 4 star hotels (1 x 2 Star by the sea)
  • Luggage transfers
  • GPS Files on request
  • Information Pack
  • Cable car journey Funchal to Monte
  • Bus Transfers including your bike (Canico to Camacha, Porto da Cruz to Santana & Sao Vicente to Rocha Negra)
  • Smart Phone App for Navigation

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Lunchs, Dinner and Snacks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Hybrid Bike Rental With Insurance
  • E-Bike Rental With Insurance
Trip Info

Accommodation – Subject to Change

Canico                         – Hotel Four Views Oasis

Porto da Cruz              – Hotel Costa Linda

Sao Vicente area         – Hotel Estalagem do Mar

Porto Moniz                 – Hotel Aqua Natura

Calheta                        – Savoy Saccharum

Funchal                       – Hotel Four Views Baia

Route Characteristics

Very quiet roads will lead you around the island. You will only cycle on busier roads for very short sections. Due to the topography and, also the longer and sometimes steep hills we recommend that you should have good fitness and good confidence on a bike.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Arrival in Canico

Day 2Canico – Camacha – Porto da Cruz approx. 25 km / 15.6 miles + transfer

After the transfer to Camacha, you will have time to explore the village, famous for its basket making. This practical souvenir is of course offered directly from the producers. You will then cycle on a lovely elevated road right towards the East Coast. Enjoy the beautiful views on the way to the little fishing village, Porto da Cruz. Relax here on the beach made from volcano sand or visit one of the last working sugar cane mills.

Day 3Porto da Cruz – Santana – Sao Vicente approx. 40 km / 25 miles + transfer

A long, steep ascent will be bridged by bus this morning. In Santana, you will start today’s ride. Beforehand you should, however, visit the true Madeiran landmark. The traditional, thatched farmhouses have been lovingly restored to their former glory. The route today goes along a beautiful road through small, charming villages whilst always running along the length of the East Coast until you get to Sao Vicente. The village, named after Saint Vincent, is located right by the sea. It is however well-known for its 400,000-year-old grottoes.

Day 4Sao Vicente – Rocha Negra – Porto Moniz approx. 35 km / 21.8 miles + transfer

To begin with, you go in the mountains today! A transfer will take you to the high plateau Paúl da Serra. From here, you get on your bike and follow the high road past grazing cows and sheep. A long descent will then lead you to the West Coast of the island. Before you get to Porto Moniz, a spectacular view will leave you breathless as the ocean opens up in front of you. Where you are staying tonight is well-known for its natural swimming pools. The sea formed small and large pools, which are popular places to swim by both locals and tourists.

Day 5Porto Moniz – Calheta approx. 28 miles / 45 km

Today’s ride takes in the West Coast and right through the UNESCO world heritage site in Madeira. You will cycle through fragrant forests and through small villages and you will always be accompanied by spectacular views of the ocean below. After every curve, you get a new best photo of the day. In the lively village Calheta, it was not only the yacht harbour that was rebuilt. For the artificial beach, sand was specially imported from Morocco. The former sugar cane village has become a popular place for locals to meet.

Day 6 Calheta – Funchal approx. 31.2 miles / 50 km

For the first third of today‘s ride, you will cycle directly along the waterside towards the capital. From Ribeira Brava, the route takes you uphill away from the coast and then you will reach the most spectacular viewing point on the island. At Cabo Girao, a transparent platform was built 580m above the sea. The view down over the highest cliffs in Europe is dizzying. A long descent will then bring you back to the coast and then into the centre of Funchal. Colourful and lively are two strong impressions you will get from the capital of this island.

Day 7Funchal cable car journey/hike

The cable car will take you on your bike free day to the popular destination of Monte. Previously a noble health resort with grand Quintas, this area offers many possibilities nowadays for an interesting day.  You can visit the pilgrimage church Nossa Senhora do Monte do Monte and the tropical garden Jardim Tropical Monte Palace. You could also go for a lovely walk along the famous waterway, the “Levadas”. You will see that Madeira also isn’t boring without a bike…

Day 8Departure

Depart after breakfast.


How to get there

By Plane to Funchal Airport, then by taxi to the first accommodation.

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Beach view in Madeira
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