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15 days trekking on Madeira 

Discover Madeira's beauty on your own

You climb the highest peaks and walk along spectacular levadas - you will get to know the subtropical island on your own and at your own pace: from the bizarre volcanic landscape in the east, over terraced fields and original locations on the north side to the waterfalls in the green cauldron.

Although you are almost always in alpine terrain, the sea can be seen from almost every part of the island. Mysterious evergreen laurel forests covered with moss and lichens, turquoise-blue ocean and barren rocky landscape alternate with each other and provide new impressions every day that you can't get enough of.

We bring you in the morning in each case to the starting point of the hikes and pick you up at your end point again. The luggage will be transported to the next hotel. One of our travel companions is always available for you by phone.

You walk alone and yet everything is organized

Enjoy only the pleasant on your hiking holiday

You will get an unforgettable impression of the diversity of the landscape, the different character and the daily life on the island. Let yourself be enchanted by the beauty of the massif and discover the lush tropical vegetation - a unique experience for all the senses!

This is how your trekking week could look like!

1. Day: Bem Vindo - Welcome

After the airport transfer you can enjoy the Mediterranean ambience Machicos or a first bath in the sea (on one of the few sandy beaches of Madeira).

Hotel in Machico

2. Day: Ponta de São Lourenço

You walk through the barren volcanic landscape of the eastern cape. Tuff and basalt shimmer in the sunlight and are a great photo opportunity. Afterwards you can walk from Caniçal over the Pico do Facho to your hotel

Hotel in Machico B/D

3. Day: From Machico to Porto da Cruz

From Machico you first walk along the levada to the Boca do Risco pass. With spectacular views of the northeast coast, continue along the old wine transport route to Porto da Cruz.

Hotel in Santo da Serra   B/D

4. Day: From Portela Pass to Ribeiro Frio

You walk along the Levada do Furado through lush vegetation and dense 'laurissilva' forest. Blueberry and Erika trees line your way. Make a worthwhile detour to the Viewpoint Balcões, from where you have a magnificent view of the mountainous Madeira.

Hotel in Santo da Serra  B/D

5. Day: To Caldeirão Verde and Caldeirão do Inferno

Today you walk along the levada under laurel trees. You can expect untouched nature and a spectacular waterfall.

Hotel in Santana  B/D

6. Day: The King's Tour from Ilha to Pico Ruivo (1862m)

The ridge path is one of Madeira's great mountain tours and offers great views of the north and south sides. It always goes steadily uphill to the Pico Ruivo. Then it goes down to Achada do Teixeira.

Hotel in Santana  B/D

7. Day: The Royal Tour from Pico Ruivo to Encumeada Pass

You start at Achada do Teixeira and walk over the peak of Pico Ruivo to the Torrinhas Pass. The ridge trail to the Encumeada pass is one of Madeira's large, almost alpine mountaineering tours, offering views of the north and south sides of the islands.

Hotel in Encumeada  B/D

8. Day: From the Boca da Encumeada to Fajã Escura

The pass hike on the old pilgrimage route at the foot of the Pico Grande leads from the Encumeada Pass into the Nuns Valley. There you either pick up the bus or you climb up to Eira do Serrado directly to the hotel.

Hotel Eira do Serrado B/D

9. Day: The chestnut path over the pass of lovers

Today you walk on the old chestnut way. This route used to be the main route to the Nonnen valley and leads from Curral das Freiras to Corticeiras. You stay on the south coast in Ponta do Sol.

Hotel in Ponta do Sol B/D

10. Day: From Ribeira Brava to Cabo Girão

The hike starts on the path of 1,700 steps to the Levada do Norte, which leads leisurely through an agricultural area to Cabo Girão, the highest cliff coast in Europe.

Hotel in Caniço de Baixo B

11. Day: Free

Hotel in Caniço de Baixo B

12. Day: Vereda do Fanal (Tour with guide) or free

We drive to the plateau Paul da Serra. Our route takes us over the Pico da Fajã da Lenha with a changing view of the area of Rabaçal or the east side to Chão da Ribeira. In Fanal, over 500 year old stinkberry trees add to a magical fairytale forest. Continue to Porto Moniz. Treat yourself to a dip in the natural swimming pool.

Hotel in Caniço de Baixo B

13./14.Day: At leisure

Here you could visit the capital Funchal with the market hall, downtown, drive to Monte, stroll through the city or make the hike Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo.

Hotel in Caniço de Baixo B

15.Day: Adeus – See you soon

Departure or extension. We take you to the airport and say thank you again that you were our guest

Our services:

  • 14 nights in a double room (shower / WC)
      - 2 x Hotel in Machico
      - 2 x Hotel in Santo das Serra
      - 2 x Hotel in Santana
      - 1 x  Hotel Encumeada
      - 1 x Hotel Eira do Serrado
      - 1 x Hotel Ponta do Sol
      - 5 x Hotel in Caniço de Baixo
  • 14 x breakfast
  • 8 x dinner on the trekking tours
  • 9 medium to demanding hiking days according to program
  • Airport transfers on Madeira, luggage transfer between the accommodations and transfer to the starting point of the hikes and back to the hotel
  • Compass, hiking map
  • 2 x flashlights
  • from 2 persons daily - all year round
  • from 1295, - Euro p.P. including VAT without flight