Portugal -Madeira - Self-guided walking tour Picos and Levadas

Portugal -Madeira - Self-guided walking tour Picos and Levadas

Self-guided hiking tour in Madeira Island Portugal

Small volcanic Island with exuberant vegetation, Madeira offers amazing and impressive landscapes to the ramblers . Mineral ridges rise up from Primary Forest, the Laurisylva, featuring on the Unesco World Heritage list, and finally end in deep lush valleys, the “Ribeiras”. A patchwork of tropical terrace cultivation stretch out to the sea, and around the hamlets. Baroque churches and Quintas hidden beneath vibrant bougainvillea are the witness of the Colonial past. The Banana trees, sugar cane, “igname” cultures are irrigated by the “levadas” or irrigation canal dug on the mountain slopes and doted with blue hydrangea and bright viper’s bugloss.

Day 1

France - Madère - Machico Fly to Madeira. Transfer from the airport to Machico, the former capital, in the Southeastern coast. Night in Machico. Dinner on your own in one of the friendly restaurants on the bay (not included)

Day 2

Boca do Risco – Porto da Cruz- walk : 4h45, elevation gain : +150m/- 350 m. (+500 ft/-1150 ft) The trail winds its way through terrace cultivations and leads to the wild coast called Boca do Risco. The footpath lined with eucalyptus offers impressive views over the wild rugged Northern Coast. The walk ends in Porto da Cruz a fishermen village where you can enjoy the natural swimming pool in the Ocean and the beach.

Day 3

Pico do Arriero - Pico Ruivo - Santana – walk :6h00, elevation gain + 750m / -750m (+2460 ft/-2460 ft) Dramatic stage on the central ridge pathway. The departure point in Pico de Arriero starts on a trail built in rugged volcanic surroundings with rocky peaks and deep canyons. On clear weather the all-round vision enables to see as far as Porto Santo island. Transfer to Santana or Ilha in a Guest House with local dinner.

Day 4

Ribeira Funda - São Jorge- walk : 4h elevation gain :+ 500 m/- 400 m (+1640 ft/ -1315 ft) From the Northern coast, the enchanting descent towards the sea winds its way through terrace cultivations and along a footpath lined with schrub and a magnificent vegetation. Admire an unexpected swinging fishing port suspended over the sea, and reach Santana on a steep winding track bordering the Ocean. Transfer to Santana or Ilha in a Guest House with local dinner.

Day 5

Achada Teixeira – Encumeada- walk : 6h30 / elevation gain + 500 m/ - 1000 m.(+1640 ft/ -3300 ft) From Achada Teixeira you will cross the ridges from East to West with dramatic views on the island and reach the Encumeada Pass. Night in the mountain in Ecumeada.

Day 6

Lombo do Morro - Bica da Cana - Paul da Serra – walk : 5h30 / elevation gain + 250 m, - 500 m (+820 ft/ - 1640 ft) Transfer to the Southern side to follow the small path towards the North through the heart of the Laurisylva, the waterfalls at the foot of Paul da Serra plateau, dotted with giant blueberries and finally reach one of the most important levadas of Madeira. Dinner and night in Encumeada.

Day 7

Encumeada - Pico Grande – Funchal – walk : 6h00 / elevation gain + 200 m/-700m.(+650 ft / - 2300 ft) The hiking trail on the foothills of Pico grande goes down to Boca da Corrida With breathtaking views on the rocky crests and Curral. One of the most beautiful hike of the island. Transfer to Funchal and night in a 2 star hotel in the historic center of the capital. Dinner on your own.

Day 8

Funchal – France Transfer to the airport to fly back home.

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Self guided WALKING
Duration :
8 Days
From :
790 €

Included : (see details in Dates and Prices section)

2 star hotels and guest houses- Half Board

Ensuite bathroom

Luggage transfer

24/24 Assistance 

An English road book and a map.

English speaking assistance for your reservation



Starts in : Madeira

Ends in : Madeira.

Access : From Lisbon airport.


Information : click on "ask for more information"


Phone Cecile : +33 5 58 48 71 65




Rural valleys and wild canyons 

Hiking on coastal path and Central Crests 

Dramatic views

Seaside and moutain accommodation

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