Marvels of Madeira Self Guided Walk

Start: Santana Finish: Funchal

Visiting: Porto da Cruz, Sao Jorge, Caldeirão Verde, Vale da Lapa Village Resort, Ribeiro Frio, Santo António da Serra, Ponta de São Lourenço Experience, Levada do Norte, Cape Girão, Funchal


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely / Moderate

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 1 - 6

Age range: 12 to 99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $1815

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Tour Overview

Surging from the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira offers a temperate sub-tropical paradise perfect for year-round walking. One of Madeira's many charms is its infinite variety; each day's walking and every levada - the island's unique network of water channels - is different. Landscapes vary from cultivated vine terraces and verdant slopes dotted with white hamlets to coastal cliffs with balcony views over the azure seas. Also a nature lover's paradise, there are over 120 endemic species of flora and fauna including the pride of Madeira, the bird-of-paradise, along with jacaranda, tiny bisbis birds, chaffinches and hawks - the list is endless. On this self-guided, hotel-to-hotel holiday, the island's coastal paths and levadas take you from the sleepy wine village of Santana on the north coast to bustling Funchal in the south.

Highlights

  • iconFriendly, good quality hotels, with swimming pools
  • iconStunning coastal trails and flower-lined levada walks 
  • iconTime to explore bustling Funchal

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start Santana or Porto da Cruz

Location: Porto da Cruz

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Arrive at your hotel near Santana or Porto da Cruz where our local partner will brief you on the week's walking.

icon Day 2 : Walk a circular route to Sao Jorge and take in fabulous coastal vistas

Location: Sao Jorge

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

A panoramic coastal path leads you to the ancient cobbled route linking Santana to Sao Jorge. Agapanthus and cacti line the descent to the seaside 'resort' of Calhau. It's then along the base of the cliffs, where big Atlantic rollers come sweeping in, before you climb to enjoy balcony views. There are fabulous coastal vistas as you ascend to Sao Jorge, with the village's lighthouse glimmering above the azure waters. The mighty peak of Pico Ruivo frames the horizon as you return to Santana. 2 options: Walking time 3.5hr, distance 10km/6.2mi or walking time 4hr, distance 13km/8.1mi.

icon Day 3 : Walk through Caldeirao Verde Levada into the Vale da Lapa

Location: Caldeirão Verde, Vale da Lapa Village Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

A transfer (10 mins) takes you up to the Parque das Queimadas - all the hard climbing is done for you! The walk follows the beautiful (and shady) Caldeirao Verde Levada (the Green Cauldron Levada) into the Vale da Lapa. The scenery is magnificent; the views of the sea, of hilltop villages, and of the lofty central peaks are unforgettable. You head up the valley through a series of impressive levada tunnels to the magnificent waterfall at Caldeirao Verde. Then it's back down the Lapa Valley to Ilha before taking the local bus (payable locally) back to Santana or a pre-arranged transfer back to Porto da Cruz.

icon Day 4 : Walk from Ribeiro and descend into Santo da Serra

Location: Ribeiro Frio, Santo António da Serra

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A scenic 30-minute ride takes you to Ribeiro Frio. You join the Levada do Furado, a verdant paradise of laurel, heather and pine with waterfalls tumbling into the gushing river. Tiny firecrest and tame finches flit between the trees, which occasionally part to reveal stunning views of white hilltop hamlets. You descend to Santo da Serra's vibrant square with its lively market; wood smoke fills the air as meats grill al fresco - you must try the traditional espetada (marinated meat skewered on laurel twigs)!

icon Day 5 : Walk the Ponta de Sao Lourenco's Nature Reserve's peninsula loop

Location: Ponta de São Lourenço Experience

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Starting with a transfer (30 mins), today's walk takes you to the most eastern point of Madeira, to Ponta de Sao Lourenco's Nature Reserve, where you'll walk the hugely popular peninsula loop, with sweeping views, jagged peaks and masses of flora and fauna.

icon Day 6 : Take the Levada do Norte before arriving in Cabo Girao

Location: Levada do Norte, Cape Girão

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A transfer takes you to Boa Morte to take the Levada do Norte, through pine and eucalyptus trees, and on paths lined with pink belladonna flowers. High on the poios (terraces) the path wanders through pretty villages, before arriving in Cabo Girao where the majestic expanse of the Atlantic is spread out before us. A transfer will take you on to the 5-star Quinta da Bela Vista above Funchal where you will spend your last 2 nights.

icon Day 7 : Spend your last day exploring the coastal town of Funchal

Location: Funchal

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend your last day exploring at leisure in Funchal, perhaps starting in the bustling market near the harbour - it's full of atmosphere and ablaze with colour. Enjoy lunch on the harbour, saving room for an afternoon cream tea at Reid's, then it's time to relax by the pool or in the beautiful exotic gardens of your hotel.

icon Day 8 : Trip ends in Funchal

Location: Funchal

Meals: Breakfast

Trip ends in Funchal

What's Included

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    All breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches and 5 evening meals

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    All accommodation (see accommodation section)

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    Route notes and maps provided

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    Cable car ticket included (day 7)

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    All breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches and all evening meals

What's Not Included

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    Travel insurance

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    Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)

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    Visas or vaccinations

Food

All continental buffet style breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches and 5 evening meals are included. Madeira is well known for its excellent fresh fish and seafood, tasty soups and mouth-watering fresh fruit. Grilled meats especially chicken (often cooked on a natural wood grill), also make a good choice for your evening meal. A more traditional dish is espetada - skewered beef cooked on an open grill served with lots of salad and boiled potatoes. Portions are generous, especially in smaller, less touristy restaurants and main dishes come with the traditional salad and potatoes. You will also get a basket of bread on the table, even if you don’t ask for it. Some restaurants also bring you portions of soft cheese and fish paste with the bread and will add these to your bill. *Wine* Madeira’s wine is probably the island’s most famous export. This strong, fortified wine, which tastes a little like port or sherry, comes in a range of flavours (from dry to very sweet) and is renowned throughout the world. It was used to seal the signing of the American Declaration of Independence and is still used today to toast those offered the Freedom of the City of London.

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    Exodus requires a deposit of 20% to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 70 days before departure..

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Reviews

Marvels of Madeira self guided
A winning combination of walks in stunning scenery and top quality hotels in which to relax at the end of the day. Being self guided was a great experience, walking ....more A winning combination of walks in stunning scenery and top quality hotels in which to relax at the end of the day.

Being self guided was a great experience, walking notes very clear, and you can go at your own choice of pace and stop whenever you want.

Highly recommended.

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