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Walking in Madeira
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.
- Style: Guided Small Group Trekking Tour
- Duration: 8 days/7 nights
- Starts in: Madeira
Guide Price £749
- Superb walking through Madeira's botanical paradise
- Flower-lined levadas with stunning coastal views
- Mild year-round climate perfect for walking
- Picturesque fishing villages and historic town of Funchal
Day 1 Machico
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Machico.
Day 2 Ponta de São Lourenço
Today, walk the classic route along the Ponta de São Lourenço. Although challenging, this path takes you through some fantastic scenery. Wallflowers, stalwarts and many other tiny plants manage to resist this windy environment and grow in soils with high levels of salinity. Rocks, sculpted by nature, have a great diversity of colours ranging from black to red and are in stark contrast to the blue of the ocean.
Day 3 Machico to Santana
This morning, walk the scenic cliff trail up to the north coast. There is a gradual climb up to the crest of the cliffs at Boca do Risco, where you will enjoy some amazing views along the north coast. You may even be able to see the nearby island of Porto Santo. Head west along the coastal path, a spectacular route in many places, cut right into the cliff before descending to the sleepy little town of Porto da Cruz. Transfer to Santana for the night.
Day 4 Queimadas Natural Park
From Santana, take a short transfer to Queimadas Natural Park where you'll walk along the Levada do Caldeirao Verde. Finish this walk at the isolated village of Ilha, before returning to Santana for the night.
Day 5 Santana to Encumeada
Start with an early departure to see the sunrise at Achada do Teixeira, and ascend the island's highest mountain, Pico Ruivo (1862m). The descent then follows a spectacular ridge via Torrinhas Pass and over the saddle of Pico do Jorge to Encumeada. Listen to the bees buzz in 'Lily of the Valley' trees, as the smell of wild thyme fills the air. Transfer to Funchal.
Day 6 Encumeada to Funchal
This morning you'll drive to Encumeada to enjoy your final day of fine, high-level walking. Walk through woods of beautiful chestnut and eucalyptus trees before you traverse below the rocky escarpment of Pico Grande. Eventually you will arrive at a superb viewpoint overlooking the spectacularly situated village of Curral das Freiras, and then descend to the village of Corticeiras. Transfer back to Funchal.
Day 7 Funchal
Your final 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 are 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.
Day 8 Funchal
Your tour comes to an end after breakfast.
Departs:Selected departures, Jul-Dec 2020.
- Return transfers in Madeira
- 7 nights simple accommodation
- 7 breakfasts
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