Discover the west coast of Madeira

  • Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Funchal / Estreito da Calheta
  • Distance66 km/ 41 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
    All Year Round
  • Availability
    All Year Round
  • Price From $1,378

Fall in love on this walk with Madeira's West Coast, a place that will enchant you with its natural beautyand is always illuminated by the sun's rays. You can move from the rugged coast to the lush interior, where you will meet the hamlets and villages of the so-called "Flor" island.

  • Madeira's levadas, a network of traditional irrigation channels, will chart your way to the most incredible viewpoints.
  • You will have easy and moderate walks that will allow you to get to know the southwest of Madeira.
  • You can relax at the end of the day with a glass of local wine.
  • You will discover Funchal, the capital of Madeira and Ponta do Pargo, the westernmost point on the island.
  • You will finish this wonderful adventure in the coastal village of Estreito da Calheta.




  • Accommodation in en suite rooms in charming hotels
  • Daily Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers between accommodations
  • Transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Transfer to and from Funchal Airport
  • Information dossier with maps and routes
  • 24-hour telephone support
  • Sustainable travel, we compensate the CO2 emissions of your trip
  • Taxes


  • Travel insurance
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Additional nights


General information

The accommodations with which we collaborate have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort available.

Our team checks in situ the quality of all the accommodations offered, so that you have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

The accommodation that we will book for your trip will be selected taking into account our commitment to you: guaranteeing comfort, calm and enjoyment throughout your trip.

We work with quality hotels and country cottages with limited capacity, so we invite you to confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

The name of each accommodation will be provided to you a few weeks before your trip begins.

Room types

It is possible to book this journey in single, double or triple rooms.

All rooms have private bathrooms.


Travel & Transfers

To get to the starting point of this Madeira hiking route the best option is to take a flight to Madeira International Airport (Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport).
This airport receives direct flights from many European capital cities.You can also get there via Lisbon Airport (Portela Airport), the capital of Portugal. 
From the airport you will have an included transfer to your first accommodation in Funchal.
When you finish your trekking trip, you will have another transfer included to take you back to the airport for your flight to your home city.


Absolutely! Each traveller has included 1 piece of luggage that we will transfer between your accommodations. It's important that this piece of luggage meets the following criterias:

  • Maximum weight of 45 lbs (20 kg).
  • Must be only 1 piece of luggage without any attachments or accessories.
  • Should not contain valuables, fragile items, food or medications.
  • Must be correctly identified (booking reference of your trip and the full name of the trip holder).

The approximate luggage delivery time will be at 4:00 PM.

Spring and autumn are usually the best times of the year, as this is when migratory birds can be spotted.In particular, between April and June, and the end of September to December are good times to travel. In summer, the climate is warmer than at other times of the year.

The island is characterized by its humid climate and can often affect the roads, so it will be necessary to make changes to the walking itineraries.

We will be constantly updating you so that you make the most of your time on the island, so it is important that you have a flexible attitude and that you are always willing to have your plans vary.

The weather during the winter months is very pleasant and is perfect for walking.

This route is classified from easy to moderate, with journeys between 14 and 15 km (8.6 to 9.3 miles) and with ascents and descents of approximately 400 metres per day. Some of the days will be a little more difficult. 

Since the routes are undulating, we recommend practicing a few days before the trip, making ascents and descents, so that you feel much more comfortable during your walks.

This trip is not suitable for people who are afraid of heights.

We suggest you book once you have decided on your plans, as this is a very popular region.

We will always be updating availability on our website and we will try to adapt to your plans, so please, do not hesitate to ask.

In seasons when numbers are high, such as the Flower Festival, we may have you stay in hotels and alternate country houses but they will be of the same or higher standard of those on the itinerary.

You will need good walking shoes or boots, comfortable clothes, waterproof jacket and pants, a backpack, gloves/hats, etc.

There will be tunnel paths along the levada routes, so make sure you have a torch. We also recommend that you bring a walking stick.

Yes, this is a requirement when booking with us. It's important that this insurance covers your activities, emergency evacuation, and hospital care.

As a guide, we recommend that the minimum age of the traveller be no less than 12 years old.

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The administration was good before our trip and our questions were answered quickly. The accommodation was also good. We had no problems with the baggage transfer too.
Our group of 5 had a really great experience with orbis ways. Our contact person was helpful via email and via phone. Great accommodations and each host was helpful and generous with kindness.
I travelled last week to Madeira with Orbis Ways and it has been an amazing experience. Accommodations were exceptional, and everything was explained very well, apart from that the Island is amazing, must be seen at least once in a lifetime. Dinners were very good, with local fresh homemade food! Very recomending!!!
Excellent trip. Excellent communication with Orbis. Lovely accommodations. Luggage transfer was always done well and the overall trip was excellent. I cannot wait to do another walk in 2023 and will use Orbis ways 100%.
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