Discover the west coast of Madeira

  • Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Funchal / Estreito da Calheta
  • Distance 66 km / 41 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
    All Year Round
  • Availability
    All Year Round
  • Price From $1,033

Overview

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.

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation
    • Breakfasts
    • Transfer to and from Funchal Airport
    • Transfers as specified in the itinerary 
    • Luggage transfer between stages
    • Information dossier with maps and routes
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Taxes included

    Excluded

    • Unspecified transfers
    • Unspecified meals
    • Drinks and snacks
    • Personal equipment
    • Tourist taxes

    Extras

    • Travel insurance
    • Cancellation insurance
    • Additional nights

    Accomodation

    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.

    Map

    Travel & Transfers

    To get to the starting point of this walking holiday on Madeira's West Coast, you must take a flight to Funchal Airport, Madeira's only international air terminal. Then we will take you to your hotel, located 20 minutes away.

    When you finish your trip, you will have a transfer included that will take you back to Funchal Airport to take the flight to your home city.

    FAQs

    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, it's included. We will transfer the luggage between each accommodation according to your itinerary. Each person can take a suitcase up to 20 kg (45 lbs).

    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.