Madeira walking holidays

Madeira, nicknamed “the Pearl of the Atlantic” and the "Flower island" is a stronghold name when it comes to walking holidays. With its exceptional volcanic landscape and emblematic levadas - these small canals that provide water to the whole island - and protected endemic vegetation, this destination should definitely be at the top of your active holidays bucket list!

Our Madeira walking tours, either guided or self-guided, will give you the chance to truly experience Madeira; meeting the locals, walking along beautiful paths off the beaten track and admiring incredible landscapes. We have the perfect itineraries for you, so travel safe and stress-free on your Madeira walking stay

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Self-Drive: Discover Madeira at your own pace !
      • Portugal - Madeira
    • Self-guided
    • Walking
      • 8 days
      • From January to December
  •   Accommodation choice :

      • Simple
      • Comfort
      • Charming

Highlights of the trip

  • A complete exploration of the island from East to West, and North to South
  • The freedom of the rental car to discover the island at your own pace
  •  A choice of easy, moderate or challenging hikes - to choose according to your mood and fitness level of the day
  • 4 dinners included and a free choice of local restaurants in Porto Moniz and Funchal
  • A free day in Funchal to discover the city through its many activities



    Go private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

Madeira walking: from Picos to Levadas trails
      • Portugal - Madeira
    • Self-guided
    • Walking
      • 8 days
      • From January to December
  •   Accommodation choice :

      • Comfort

Highlights of the trip

  • The most emblematic walks of the island of Madeira
  •  Discover the primary laurel forest, an UNESCO World Heritage site
  •  An itinerary alternating between Levada walks and mountain walks
  • 6 dinners included
  • Daily private transfers included



    Go private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

Gourmet walks on the flower island
      • Portugal - Madeira
    • Self-guided
    • Walking
      • 8 days
      • From January to December
  •   Accommodation choice :

      • Charming

Highlights of the trip

  • Easy hikes accessible to all, on the most emblematic sites : Sao Lorenzo, Primary forest (UNESCO Site), Pico Ruivo (1862m)
  • Overnight stay in a vineyard that produces the famous Madeira Wine
  • 5 dinners included to enjoy Madeira's culinary specialities including two meals in typical restaurants 
  • A gourmet walk through the city of Funchal, a wine tour, a visit of a cheese dairy  and a Rum factory 
  • Two nights in the picturesque village of Camara dos Lobos, celebrated in painting by its illustrious visitor: Winston Churchill


    Go private or go guided ! Customize your holidays with a local specialist here 

Why is hiking in Madeira an amazing holiday experience?

Beautiful landscapes, perfect for hiking!

The island of Madeira boasts some truly stunning hiking trails that lead you through the enchanted Laurissilva forest. This centuries old forest is part of the Madeira Nature Reserve and is a classified ‘preservation area’. It is home to many endemic species of fauna and flora, some of which are on the brink of extinction. The island also boasts high cliffs such as the Faja dos Padres which stands at 250 metres high offering a jaw dropping view over the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean.


Funchal, a walk in the Portuguese colonial past!

Funchal is the capital city and the starting point of your Madeira walking trip. Stretching from the beach up to the hills, this emblematic city is a harmonious mix between a rich colonial past and modern-day life. It is a city to be discovered on foot, with sites such as the old town of Sé, the Sao Joao and the Sao Tiago fortresses, the Sao Lourenço Palace and many more. You can easily spend a day or two exploring the city

 

A unique hiking destination

3 words to sum up a walking holiday in Madeira: green, hilly and plenty of water! What makes walking in Madeira so unique are the iconic levadas – the small canals that were built to collect the water dripping down the mountains and use it to irrigate the fields and land. These levadas now form a network of hiking trails throughout the island.