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Explore Madeira On Foot

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  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 6th January to 7th December
  • Location: Porto da Cruz – Island of Madeira
Tour Details

Book with Hooked on Walking and explore on foot the diverse and impressive island on this walking holiday in Portugal, on the Portuguese island of Madeira. On this walking tour, you shall enjoy some rugged coastal landscapes, lovely lush green hills and lovely small bays which will be great for swimming. The interior is full of forests and sun-drenched banana plantations. Madeira is often known as the flower island as the year-round pleasant climate is ideal for many unusual plant life, if you enjoy fauna this is the place to visit. You shall find that the dry east and the cool north have more barren mountains whereas the moist high plateaus and sunny south are ideal for year-round fauna and trees all blooming at different times due to altitude.

You will find the friendly and tradition-conscious locals invite you to get to know their country and also their culture. On this round trip walking holiday, you shall explore its diverse landscape. The route shall vary from well made paths to narrow trails along coastlines and levadas (irrigation channels). This trip is not suitable for anyone who suffers from vertigo.

Starting Location

Porto da Cruz – Island of Madeira

Price Includes

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast
  • 1 x 2 star hotel in Porto da Cruz, 4 star elsewhere.
  • Information Pack
  • Welcome Meeting
  • Luggage Transfers
  • GPS Files on request
  • Transfer according to program
  • Bus ride from Cabo Girao to Funchal
  • Uphill cable car to Monte/Funcahl
  • Smart Phone App for Navigation

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Season supplements
  • Dinners
  • Travel Insurance
  • Entrance to attractions
  • Extra nights
  • City Taxes
Trip Info

Accommodation: Subject to Change

Porto da Cruz            Hotel Costa Linda

Sao Vicente              Hotel Calamir

Porto Moniz                Hotel Aqua Natura Bay

Calheta                      Savoy Saccharum

Funchal                      Hotel Four Views Baia

Tour Characteristics

Your daily walks will be along well-built paths, sometimes these can be narrow. Paths can run along the coastline and also along irrigation canals, where a head for heights and sure-footedness are essential on some sections.

Travel Insurance

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


Day 1Individual journey to Porto da Cruz

Arrive to Funchal airport and transfer by bus or taxi to Porto da Cruz. If you arrive early why not relax on the sandy beach or 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.

Day 2Circular walk along the wild north coast 9.4 miles 15km, 550m up/down, 4.5-5 hours walking

Today you shall have a short transfer after breakfast to Machico, then you will walk along the impressive north coast on one of the old supply routes. This route was previously used to cultivate the local vineyards. This is actually one of the nicest footpaths where you can enjoy some breath-taking coastal views.

Day 3Santana – Sao Vicente, the quiet North Coast 6.3 miles 10 km, 350 up/down, 3.5 hours walking time.

Santana, which is well-known for its typical houses on the Island is where you walk starts today. Take some time to explore this wonderful village. Your walk today heads along the Levada do Rei towards the waterfalls of Ribeiro Bonito. Now through some short tunnels, the path continues to the head of the valley. Here you shall see some wonderful landscapes and views. 

Day 4Sao Vicente – Porto Moniz, 6.8 miles 11km 150/350m up/down, 3.5-4 hours walking time.

Firstly you shall have a short transfer to the mountains an area called the Paul da Serra high plateau. Today you hike will be through Madeira’s green mountains. You will walk along high-altitude paths where you shall see some spectacular views. This area is partially a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. Now An amazing hiking trail takes you through colourful blooming broom bushes to Fanal, a fairytale-like forest with crooked like trees and green meadows with grazing highland cattle which create a very special mystical atmosphere. In the afternoon you reach the coastal village of Porto Moniz with its wonderful views of the blue sea. This charming place is well-known for its natural swimming pools, which were formed by the ocean from black lava rock.

Day 5Porto Moniz – Calheta, Levada Nova, 10.6 miles 17km 50/650m up/down, 4.5-5 hours walking time.

Today you will walk along the south-west coastline via green hills. 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. You will 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.

Day 6 Calheta – Funchal, Levada do Norte 9.4 miles 15 km, 250/150m up/down 5 hours walking time.

Today a short transfer along the southern coast before you set off up to Levada do Norte where you will see some amazing views. It is also the longest and widest Levada in the south. You will walk through typically farmed terraces and discover a vast variety of fruits. Passing 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 and of the coastline until the capital, Funchal.

Day 7Circular walk Monte & botanic gardens 5 miles 8km 100/550m up/down, 3 hours walking time.

Today you reach the pilgrimage site of Monte by cable car which situated high above Funchal. After a visit to the church of 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 of 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.

Day 8Departure

Depart after breakfast.


How to get there

Fly to Madeira – Funchal airport. Then by bus it takes about 30 minutes to get to Porto da Cruz or you can take a short taxi ride costing about 30€ per journey. The journey on departure to Funchal airport from Funchal takes about 1 hour. A taxi takes about 30 minutes and will cost around 30€.

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