Overview

Explore the best levadas trails on our seven night guided Madeira walking holiday.

Madeira is famous for it’s levadas – an ingenious system of irrigation channels which transport fresh water from the high mountains to the towns and villages down on the coast. The levadas constructed by the first settlers were quite rudimentary but as techniques and technology evolved, more sophisticated hard-wearing channels were constructed from the basalt bedrock. The happy by-products of these fascinating and hard-fought feats of engineering are the levada walking trails, which allow 21st Century visitors to explore some of the most beautiful and remote areas on the island.

We’ve included a nice range of trails in this week-long Madeira walking holiday which will allow you to explore the whole island – from the gently scenic south coast Levada dos Prazeres trail, to the more challenging Caldeirao Verde walk in the north. Being based in Funchal means you’ll have some of the island’s best restaurants to choose from in the evening – and we’ve recommended a stay at one of our favourite hotels on the island: Quintinha Sao Joao.

As always, we can personalise your holiday if you’d prefer not to walk every day, or if you’d like to stay for more than a week – just fill out one of our enquiry forms and we’ll do the rest.

Itinerary

You’ll begin your holiday by flying from the UK to Madeira. Our driver will collect you from your flight, for the twenty-minute transfer to your accommodation in Funchal. If you’re arriving in the evening, we’ll usually recommend including dinner at your hotel.
For your first walk of the week, you’ll head to the south-eastern peninsula of the island, to spend the day walking the Ponta de Sao Lourenco.
Distance: 8km
Walking time: 4 hours
Grading: moderate
Your second walk's an easy, half-day stroll along the Levada dos Prazeres on the south-west coast.
Distance: 6km
Walking time: 2 hours
Grading: easy
You'll nead north for today's full-day walk: following the Caldeirao Verde Levada.
Distance: 13km
Walking time: 5 hours
Grading: moderate
Today’s walk follows Madeira’s oldest and longest water channel: the Levada do Norte.
Distance: 6km
Walking time: 2 hours
Grading: easy
Back up to the north coast, to walk the Levada do Rei.
Distance: 10km
Walking time: 4 hours
Grading: moderate
Your final walk's a half-day wafollowing the Levada dos Marocos.
Distance: 6km
Walking time: 2 hours
Grading: easy
You'll be tranasferred to the airport for your flight home.

From £1500 per person

We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.

INCLUDED: direct return flights from the UK. Accommodation in twin/double en-suite rooms on a B&B basis. Airport transfers, transfers to and from your walks, a picnic lunch on full-day walks and an English-speaking guide.

Location

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