Madeira is renowned for its walking trails – a hikers paradise of waymarked trails which follow the island’s famous levada network.
When the first settlers arrived on the island in the 15th Century, they immediately began constructing the first rudimentary levadas – irrigation channels used to transport fresh water from the mountains inland to the settlements on the coast. As the population grew, so did the irrigation network: today there are over 2100km of levadas; remarkable when you consider the island is only 56km long and 21km wide.
Our walking holiday allows you to explore the levadas at your own pace. We’ll normally begin the planning process with a telephone chat, so we can get a feel for the type of walks you prefer before we put together a flexible day-by-day itinerary. You can include a hire car for added flexibility, or our drivers are available to transfer you to-and-from your walks. We’ll normally base you in one of our favourite Quintas in Funchal so you can spend your evenings relaxing in some of Madeira’s bets restaurants – but we can personalise your holiday if you’d prefer a nice, quiet rural location.
Just to add: if you’d prefer to walk with our resident guides, take a look at our Guided levada walking holiday.
From £1300 per person
We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.
INCLUDED: International flights from LGW (guide price). Accommodation in twin share, en-suite rooms on a breakfast only basis. Return airport transfers. Car hire for 6 days (Renault Clio or similar - group B), including delivery and pick up from your accommodation. Cost includes SCDW (super collision damage waiver), one driver, SatNav, but no PAI (personal accident insurance) or fuel.