Walking in Madeira

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Walking in Madeira
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Walking in Madeira
Walking in Madeira
Walking in Madeira
Walking in Madeira
Walking in Madeira
Walking in Madeira
Walking in Madeira
Walking in Madeira
Start:Machico or Santa Cruz
Finish:Funchal
Duration:7 Nights
Group size:4 - 16
Suitable for: 16 to 99
Physical rating:Moderate
Meals:7 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 0 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English

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Overview

During the course of this week you will have the opportunity to walk through the wild and varied scenery of Madeira, from gentle strolls along flower-lined levadas and spectacular coastal footpaths, to more demanding forays amongst the jagged ridges and peaks of the rugged volcanic interior. There is plenty of time to relax by the sea in the fishing village of Machico and discover the historic importance of Funchal, an old trade centre famous for exporting sugar and wine to the Indies and the New World. .......read more
Highlights
  • Superb walking through Madeira's botanical paradise
  • Mild year-round climate perfect for walking
  • Picturesque fishing villages and the historic town of Funchal
  • Flower-lined levadas with stunning coastal views
Food

All breakfasts are included and usually consist of coffee/tea, fruit juice, rolls or bread, butter and jam, with the addition of cereal or cheese sometimes. Lunch (not included): normally bread or rolls, fresh salad, vegetables, cold meats or tinned fish, cheese and fresh fruit. The ingredients for lunch can often be bought at nearby shops and supermarkets, and prepared before walks. Evening meal (not included): normally a first course of soup or salad, a main course of meat or fish with vegetables and potatoes or rice, plus a dessert course. We regularly take our evening meal in our hotel, although there are other options. Madeirans eat a lot of meat and fish with rather plainly cooked vegetables. Vegetarians will normally find they get a balanced diet if they are prepared to be flexible.

Itinerary

Location: Machico

We start at our hotel in Machico which overlooks the beach of Machico Bay and is close to the picturesque historic fishing village. *Please note that all groups travelling in January and February 2020 will

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Location: Ponta de São Lourenço

Today we walk the classic route along the Ponta de Sao Lourenco. Although challenging, this path takes us through some fantastic scenery as we admire wallflowers, stalwarts and many other tiny plants that resist this windy environment and manage to grow in soils with high levels of salinity. Rocks, sculptured by nature, have a great diversity of colours ranging from black to red, and are in stark contrast to the blue of the ocean. Madeira's Nature Park rangers watch over the plants and animals that belong to this eastern extremity of the island, around Casa do Sardinha. We return to Machico for the night. Walking time approx 3h30 (Elevation +170m, -270m) Total distance approx 8 km *Comfortable Hotel*

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Location: Porto da Cruz

This morning we will walk a scenic route along a cliff trail, up to the north coast. We set off along the little Levada do Caniçal, more modest and quieter than yesterday's, then begin a gradual climb up to the crest of the cliffs at Boca do Risco where we enjoy some amazing views along the north coast and may even be able to see the nearby island of Porto Santo. We then head west along the coastal path, a spectacular route in many places cut right into the cliff. We finally descend to the small town of Porto da Cruz, once a bustling port but now a sleepy little town. Later, we transfer to Santana for the night. Walking time approx 4h30 (Elevation +200m, –350m) Total distance approx 12 km *Standard Hotel*

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Location: Caminho das Queimadas, Levada do Caldeirão Verde

From Santana we take a short transfer (stopping to admire the famous thatched roof houses) to Queimadas natural park where we will walk along the Levada do Caldeirao Verde. We finish this walk at the isolated village of Ilha before returning to Santana for the night. Walking time approx 5h (Elevation +90m, –500m) Total distance approx 12 km

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Location: Achada do Teixeira, Pico Ruivo, Boca da Encumeada, Funchal

Today we make the most strenuous walk of the trip. Starting with an early departure to see the sunrise at Achada do Teixeira, we ascend the island's highest mountain, Pico Ruivo (1862m). Our descent follows a spectacular ridge via Torrinhas Pass and over the saddle of Pico do Jorge to Encumeada. As we descend, bees buzz in 'Lily of the Valley' trees and the smell of wild thyme fills the air. After a long day in the hills, we arrive via a long series of stone steps at Encumeada. Transfer to historic Funchal, our base for the last three nights of the trip. Walking time approx 7h30 (Elevation +650m, –1200m) Total distance approx 16 km

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Location: Rua das Corticeiras, Rua das Corticeiras

This morning we transfer to Encumeada to enjoy our last fine high-level walk. We walk through woods of chestnut and eucalyptus and then traverse below the rocky escarpment of Pico Grande, enjoying fine views to the south and back to the west. Eventually, we come to a superb viewpoint overlooking the spectacularly situated village of Curral das Freiras and then descend to the village of Corticeiras. In the afternoon we transfer back to Funchal where there will be time for exploration of the town, a visit to the market or shopping if you wish. We overnight in Funchal. Total walking time 6h (Elevation +400m, –650m)

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Location: Blandy's Wine Lodge

Our last day is free for you to explore Funchal, the Madeira archipelago's capital. The city is easily explored on foot and the must-see sights include the Sé Cathedral which was built between 1493 and 1514, and the magnificent statue of the man who discovered Madeira, Joao Goncalves Zarco, on the Avenida Arriaga. *Comfortable Hotel*

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Location: Funchal

The trip ends in Funchal.

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What's Included

Included
  • Free arrival & departure transfers 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • All accommodation 
  • All breakfasts
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Tour leader throughout

Not Included
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request) 

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Reviews

4* WALKING IN MADEIRA
A great tripWill remember 'two ones' and smile every time!!
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5* Walking in Madeira
A week of fabulous walks in mountainous terrain, with a well earned free day at the end of the trip.
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5* Great walking in a beautiful island
This is a great week's walking with a lot of variety in the walks covered. The hotels are generally of a good standard and the food was good and varied, with plenty of fresh fish and salads.
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5* Fun in Madeira
Lovely bunch of folks , lots of laughs and good local guide who always made sure we could eat together and knew some great restaurants. He also found us chances to swim in the sea at the end of some walks.Great weather and varied walks amongst the flowers, plants and mountains of subtropical Madeira.Plenty to do in Funchal in our free time, beautiful gardens.
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4* Eye Opening Views and Great Weather
On the interior of the island I sometimes I felt that I as walking through a set for a prehistoric film with towering spires of solidified lava, lush vegetation, and some plants that are pot plants in the UK growing wild to giant proportions. On the coastal walks it is mesmerising to watch and hear the waves battering against the base of the cliffs. Following the levadas along vertiginous rock faces and through caves, I marvelled at how they were created using only hand tools. The Madeirans are very friendly and the service in the hotels and restaurants is second to none. The drivers were always on time and I never felt rushed to be anywhere. The weather was exceptionally sunny for the time of year and we were able to swim in the sea very comfortably. The Christmas illuminations in Funchal were amazing. I have never seen so many anywhere else. For such a short flight from the UK I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone just to see this varied and stunning island.
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Start:Machico or Santa Cruz
Finish:Funchal
Duration:7 Nights
Group size:4 - 16
Suitable for: 16 to 99
Physical rating:Moderate
Meals:7 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 0 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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