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Guided walking holiday in Madeira, Portugal

Portugal • Madeira • SERRA DE AQUA Walking Holiday

Your guide, Stefano Spinetti, with loyal AA guest Catherine!A coastal view on our walking holiday in MadeiraA woodland path on our walking holiday in MadeiraExotic plants all over the islandTry a chairlift....if you dare!Friends reach the summit!Gorgeous coloursUp above the clouds on this walking holiday in MadeiraA coastal view on our walking holiday in MadeiraFunchal market day!Beautiful scenesVaried landscapes across the island
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By waterways through a botanical paradise 
A spectacular walking holiday with dramatic coastal scenes, sky-scraping mountain peaks, dense evergreen valleys, a magical network of levada walkways and abundant exotic plant life – Madeira is known as ‘God’s Botanical Garden’. Top it all off with a rich marine environment – this truly is the Pearl of the Atlantic

A typical itinerary on this walking holiday in Madeira

Arrival day

We drive to the Pousada dos Vinhaticos and arrive in time to explore before dinner.

An introduction to levadas

We follow a fast-flowing levada (irrigation channel) through the dappled light of the laurel trees, delighting at the ever more dramatic views.

Water leaving the levada – a typical scene on this walking holiday in Madeira

High peaks levadas

We walk to one of the most remote parts of the island, with fabulous views of villages, mountains and waterfalls.

Water water everywhere...

Rabacal Valley is a natural wonder. From its pousada we walk to a waterfall. Later, we reach a lake below a cliff from which 25 natural springs cascade.

Woodland levadas

From the east point of the island, the minibus gives us a good start for our climb of Pico Ruivo, the tallest peak on the island with breathtaking views.

Free day

Relax and swim, discover Funchal, or visit tropical gardens.

Lonely levada and hot springs

From the island’s northeastern most point, we walk through cliff tunnels, back to Porto Moniz, a natural spa. Why not end your day with a dip in the hot springs.

Departure day

Guests are transferred to the airport to suit their travel plans.

Note: This is a selection of the many options available on this walking holiday in Madeira. Weather conditions, group interests and the tutor will influence the final itinerary.

Where we stay on this walking holiday in Madeira

Pousada dos Vinháticos

Just 20 minutes from the capital town of Funchal, and set high in a valley amidst lush vegetation, this mountain retreat offers superb views, a place to relax and easy access to some of the great walks and painting locations of the island.

Pousada dos Vinháticos is a small rural retreat. It is a simple, comfortably furnished and cosy hotel, run by friendly, hospitable people and serving good food and wine. All the rooms are en-suite and have spectacular views from the windows. It’s an authentic and ideal base for a walking holiday in Madeira
Bedroom in Pousada dos Vinháticos, a comfortable and authentic base for our walking holidays in Madeira The lounge in Pousada dos Vinháticos, a comfortable and authentic base for our walking holidays in Madeira
Airport transfer time
Approximately 40 minutes
Dates and prices
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What's included
5 full days of walking with professional local guide
7 nights in en suite accommodation
7 breakfasts and 5 lunches
6 dinners with wine
Personal welcome at Funchal airport
Air-conditioned vehicles
Fabulous local dishes at hotel
Wine and cheese tasting
Walking the levadas
Where we stay
Getting there
Mostly stony tracks and paths. Some steep climbs.

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