Our self-guided Madeira walking holiday is a wonderful, flexible way to explore the levadas at your own pace.
The island 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 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.
We’ll normally begin the planning process for your Madeira walking holiday with a telephone chat, so we can get a feel for the type of walks you prefer before we put together a suggested day-by-day itinerary. You can include a hire car to allow you added flexibility, or our drivers are available to transfer you to-and-from your walks if you’d prefer not to drive. 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 best restaurants – and we can personalise your holiday if you’d prefer a more 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: direct return flights from the UK. Accommodation in twin/double en-suite rooms on a B&B basis, return airport transfers and car hire.