Dreamstime M 1479554 Walkway Through Levadas Of Madeira

Located just north of the Canaries, Madeira is quite possibly the Atlantic’s most beautiful island. The scenery is quite spectacular and there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy it during our 4 guided walks. Much of the walking takes place alongside the island’s levadas; man-made water courses originally built to carry water to inaccessible farmland.

A levada is an open canal or irrigation channel very specific to the island of Madeira.
 Here we can see the Risco waterfall…

Walking the Madeiran Levada's

Today the levadas are one of Madeira’s greatest tourist attractions and walking along them is a unique experience. Please note that some of the levada walkways can be high, narrow and steep-edged in parts. As Madeira is a hilly island, some of the terrain can occasionally be rough with ascents and descents. Our 4 guided walks include:

Ponta de São Laurenço

Visiting some of the finest cliff scenery on Madeira, this walk explores the long thin peninsula at the eastern end of the island.

The trail follows São Lourenço Point, the easternmost peninsula of Madeira island, named after the ship sailed by João Gonçalves de Zarco, one of the three discoverers of Madeira, who on coming near this piece of land shouted to his ship “São Lourenço, that’s enough!” We may even be lucky enough to spot the world’s rarest seal, known in Madeira as the ‘sea wolf’.

Ribeiro Frio to Portela

Ribeiro Frio is a place famous for its diverse attractions. Here we can find a beautiful garden, a famous trout pond and the beginning of this wonderful walking trail. This walk in particular, is without a doubt one of the most beautiful in Madeira. You can enjoy the natural heritage of the island, since the trail is full of endemic species of regional flora and fauna.

The magnificent vegetation in this peaceful environment fills our eyes and the shining sun infiltrates between the laurels and other plants of this area. In this walk the hiker goes side by side with the levada that flows slowly along the trail. If we’re lucky we can see a trout swimming along that hides when it feels our presence.

 

Queimadas to Caldeirão Verde Walk

Starting at the Queimadas guesthouse and walking along the Levada of Caldeirão Verde, we make our way westwards through an emerald green paradise. Soon after the start we see the most spectacular views of the villages far below. A waterfall comes into view and soon after passing it, we go through some short tunnels and after a while we arrive at Caldeirão Verde, a majestic waterfall. This is a highly recommended walk where we can discover some of the most remote parts of the island.

Rabaçal & 25 Fontes Walk

The valley of Rabaçal is one of nature’s greatest celebrations. Descending from the plateau of Paúl da Serra, we arrive at the Rabaçal guesthouse from where we walk to the beautiful Risco waterfall. We then walk to the levada of 25 Fontes and after a while we reach a small lake at the bottom of a cliff which towers above us, from the cliff face, 25 natural springs cascade into the small lake. Walking back we go through a tunnel which takes the water to the south of the island.

Hotel Baia Azul

With direct access to Funchal’s famous Lido Promenade this popular hotel offers superb views over the Atlantic Ocean. It is a conveniently located and is just a 2.5km stroll away from the centre of Funchal or you can catch a public bus from the stop opposite the hotel.

Facilities include

Facilities include a restaurant, 2 outdoor heated pools, games room, sauna and health club and Wi-Fi.

Rooms Include 

Room facilities include, balcony, telephone, air conditioning, hair dryer, mini-bar and safe (extra charges may apply).

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

3 hours

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:

Jan, Feb, Mar 11°C,
Apr 14°C, May 16°C,
Jun 18°C, Jul, Aug 22°C,
Sep 21°C, Oct 16°C,
Nov, Dec 13°C

TIME DIFFERENCE

No time difference from the UK

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Useful Information

Transfer time
The transfer time from the airport to the hotel is approximately 25 minutes, depending on weather and traffic.

Optional or pre-booked excursions
Catamaran - embark and sail along the south west coast to Cabo Girão, the highest sea cliff from Europe (580 m). During the trip a cocktail will be served. Guests will enjoy the beauty of the Madeira coastline aboard a modern and comfortable catamaran. There is a strong possibility of watching the many forms of Madeira sea life, such as Dolphins, whales and turtles at close range.

Approximate cost: €35

Walking programme
Rabaçal & 25 Fontes Walk – 11km
The valley of Rabaçal is one of nature’s greatest celebrations. Descending from the plateau of Paúl da Serra, we arrive at the Rabaçal guesthouse from where we walk to the beautiful Risco waterfall. We then walk to the levada of 25 Fontes and after a while we reach a small lake at the bottom of a cliff which towers above us, from the cliff face, 25 natural springs cascade into the small lake. Walking back we go through a tunnel which takes the water to the south of the island.

Queimadas to Caldeirão Verde Walk – 13km
Starting at the Queimadas guesthouse and walking along the Levada of Caldeirão Verde, we make our way westwards through an emerald green paradise. Soon after the start we see the most spectacular views of the villages far below. A waterfall comes into view and soon after passing it, we go through some short tunnels and after a while we arrive at Caldeirão Verde, a majestic waterfall. This is a highly recommended walk where we can discover some of the most remote parts of the island.

Ponta de São Laurenço – 4km
Visiting some of the finest cliff scenery on Madeira, this walk explores the long thin peninsula at the eastern end of the island.

The trail follows São Lourenço Point, the easternmost peninsula of Madeira island, named after the ship sailed by João Gonçalves de Zarco, one of the three discoverers of Madeira, who on coming near this piece of land shouted to his ship “São Lourenço, that’s enough!” We may even be lucky enough to spot the world’s rarest seal, known in Madeira as the ‘sea wolf’.

Ribeiro Frio to Portela – 11km
Ribeiro Frio is a place famous for its diverse attractions. Here we can find a beautiful garden, a famous trout pond and the beginning of this wonderful walking trail. This walk in particular, is without a doubt one of the most beautiful in Madeira. You can enjoy the natural heritage of the island, since the trail is full of endemic species of regional flora and fauna.

The magnificent vegetation in this peaceful environment fills our eyes and the shining sun infiltrates between the laurels and other plants of this area. In this walk the hiker goes side by side with the levada that flows slowly along the trail. If we’re lucky we can see a trout swimming along that hides when it feels our presence.

What to wear
It is of paramount importance that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive. Experience has shown that wearing 2 pairs of woollen socks adds to comfort.

The weather, even in summer, is unpredictable – particularly in mountainous areas. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take:

Walking boots with good ankle support
Waterproofs – jacket and trousers
Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery
Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets
Shirts or t-shirts for walking in
Walking socks – several pairs
Lightweight fleece or jumper
Hat & gloves
Daysack/rucksack for walking
Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain
Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking
Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellent, etc.
Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses – the sun’s strength is often multiplied in mountainous areas.

Gratuities
We suggest a Group Collection to cover transfer drivers, and hotel staff of €20 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate Ϻdd on.

Temperature
Average daily maximum
20°C Nov

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price COMMENTS  
23 Nov 2018 30 Nov 2018 7 All Ages £ 1205 Medium BOOK
Medium
25 Jan 2019 01 Feb 2019 7 All Ages £ 1205 Medium BOOK
Medium

What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Twin/double room for sole use
  • Welcome drink
  • 4 guided walks
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Solos Board:
    All breakfasts & two dinners (dinners in local restaurants)

What's Extra:

  • Insurance see here
  • More to explore*:
    Catamaran Boat Trip
    * Subject to availability

Temperature:

  • Average Daily Maximum:
    20°C Nov

Walking Notes

  • Grade: Medium
  • Distance: 4 to 13km per day
  • Walking boots: Essential

 


Booking Conditions see here

Regional flights available on request, please call
0844 815 0005

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