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Flower Island of Madeira

Tour details

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Activity type
Self Guided Walking
8 days & 7 nights
Moderate to Strenuous
January - December


Day 1: Porto da Cruz
Day 2: Machico
Day 3: Sao Vicente
Day 4: Porto Moniz
Day 5: Calheta
Day 6: Funchal
Day 7: Monte
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Flower Island of Madeira

Walking in Madeira offers a versatile scenery and a pleasant climate all year round. On our Flower Island of Madeira walking holiday you will follow Madeira’s unique network of narrow irrigation channels known as levadas, and the ancient coastal footpaths in north-eastern parts of the island. Some of the walks are circular and you will be based in two charming hotels.

Itinerary for Flower Island of Madeira

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Day 1: Arrival in Machico

Our driver will pick you up from the airport and take you to the first hotel of this programme, located in Machico, where you will spend the first three nights. If you arrive early, you’ll have a chance to relax by the swimming pool, walk along the beach or wander around the typical Portuguese town of Machico.

  • Overnight in Machico

Day 2: Levada dos Maroços and Caniçal – Machico

Madeira’s famous levadas are narrow water channels, and the island proudly boasts more than 1400 km of them. A short morning transfer has been organized for you to Maroços. From there you will follow your first levada back to Machico. The views of the bay and Machico are second to none!

  • Walking for the day: approx. 4.5 to 5 hours, 15 km, ­↑­­­­150 m ↓400 m
  • Overnight in Machico

Day 3: Ponta de São Lourenço

The São Lourenço Peninsula is a must-see in Madeira. It is said to be the driest point on the island and you will notice that as you begin to walk toward this magical space, a protected Partial Natural Reserve. A transfer will be arranged for this morning and you will return by public bus in the afternoon, unless you have arranged a taxi transfer on your own.

  • Walking for the day: approx. 3 hours, 7 km, ­ ↑350 m ↓350 m
  • Overnight in Machico

Day 4: Machico – Porto da Cruz – Santana

Today’s route is a bit demanding but well worth it, if you take into account the amazing views you’ll have of the northern coastline.  A taxi will take you to the start of the walk, between Machico and Caniçal. You begin by following the Levada do Caniçal, mainly flat. Next you do a more challenging section: first on dirt tracks out to the ocean, then on a lovely path along the coast. The Boca do Risco vista point is a good spot for a picnic, before continuing along the Vereda de Larano, a beautiful path cut into the cliffs, to reach Porto da Cruz. A taxi will pick-you up there and take you to your next accommodation, in Santana.

  • Walking for the day: approx. 5.5 to 6 hours, 15 km, ­ ↑400 m ↓750 m
  • Overnight in Santana

Day 5: Levada do Furado

Morning transfer to Ribeiro Frio, where the Levada do Furado walk begins. From the very beginning, you will feel like you are walking in a fairy-tale woodland: Madeira’s laurel forest, a UNESCO heritage site. The route is mainly flat along the levada, but you gain altitude gradually (path later protected by a handrail), allowing for majestic views of the coast and the laurel forest covering Madeira’s canyons and hills. Once in Portela, you can either take a taxi (not included) or continue on a cobbled (at times, slippery) path to Porto da Cruz. A pre-booked taxi will take you to Santana after the walk.

  • Walking for the day: approx. 5 to 7 hours, 16 km, ­ ↑370 m ↓875 m
  • Overnight in Santana

Day 6: Caldeirão Verde

The Parque Florestal das Queimadas will be the starting point for today’s route, and the taxi will drop you there in the morning.  First stop: a cosy bar inside a typical Madeiran house! You’ll follow the Levada do Caldeirão Verde to reach the waterfall, then retrace your steps and make a detour to the village of Ilha, where the taxi will pick you up in the afternoon. Remember to bring a torch and water-proofs on this walk! Though you will be walking along cliffs, the path is protected by handrails.

  • Walking for the day: approx. 5 hours, 13 km, ­ ↑70 m ↓600 m
  • Overnight in Santana

Day 7: Santana – Arco de São Jorge: the Caminho Real

  • For the last route, you will walk part of the Caminho Real which, with a total distance of 182 km, completely circles the island of Madeira, linking the major harbours and villages. Starting in Santana, today you’ll walk through a series of ruins, landscapes, villages and traditions to each Arco de São Jorge.  A taxi will take you back to your hotel in Santana.
  • Walking for the day: approx. 6-7 hours, 13 km, ↑550 m ↓900 m
  • Overnight in Santana

Day 8: Departure

Your arrangement comes to the end today after breakfast. A complimentary transfer back to the airport is included.

Hotels for Flower Island of Madeira

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Accommodation is in two charming 3-star or 4-star hotels. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

Sample Hotels: Dom Pedro Ocean Beach Hotel in Machico (3 nights), Hotel O Colmo in Santana (4 nights)

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.


Breakfast is included every day. When no restaurant location is available on route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before.

Travel for Flower Island of Madeira

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Airport Transfers

Complimentary arrival and departure transfers from/to Funchal Airport are included.

Baggage Transfers

The luggage transfers when changing hotels are included (maximum one piece of 20 kg per person).

Travel Insurance

A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have a valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with World Nomads Logo to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.

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Trip Info for Flower Island of Madeira

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate to Strenuous

This holiday is appropriate for seasoned walkers and requires a good level of fitness; average walking time is 5-6 hours per day. The daily routes run along well-built and very diverse paths, which can however sometimes be quite narrow. Lots of paths run along the exposed coastal cliff edges and also along Levadas (irrigation canals), where a head for heights and firm-footing are essential in some sections (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

The routes are on waymarked paths and trails and you will be also provided with all the information and GPS tracks necessary to navigate you. You can also call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime if you need assistance.

When to Go

This trip is available during the whole year.


Due to its mountainous topography, the island has diverse microclimates. The difference in altitude makes it possible in winter to find snow on the top of the mountains, as in Pico do Areeiro, but sunny weather and 23 ºC at sea level or below the ‘banana line’. The bay of Funchal, protected by the highest peaks, enjoys the most sunshine. Further down the south west coast, at Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Madalena do Mar, Calheta, Jardim do Mar and Paul do Mar, backed by the lower hills of Paul da Serra, the sun shines brighter during the summer months, and it’s sunny and pleasant throughout the winter.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 20 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Flower Island of Madeira

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  • 7 overnight stays with breakfast included (3 or 4-star hotels)
  • Luggage transfers when changing hotels
  • Transfers according to the programme
  • Detailed digital holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions, road notes and maps. Please note that the info pack is emailed to you prior to departure and no printed documents are mailed or provided on site
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office


  • Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable.
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers. As costs are not shared, a supplement is payable on the standard trip cost.

Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.

Options and Extras

  • Extra nights

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Local tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price


  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

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