Walking the Levada Trails of Madeira in 8 days

  • Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Machico / Funchal
  • Distance 58 km / 36 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
    All Year Round
  • Availability
    All Year Round
  • Price From $1,633


The island of Madeira is globally famous for its immense quantity and variety of flowers, as well as for the contrast of colours offered by its green mountains and the blue of the Atlantic Ocean. You will enjoy routes through its traditional 'Levadas', the irrigation channels that are characteristic of the island which form an extensive path that surrounds it. 

You will travel through the centre of the island, crossing through small colonial villages, with their native flora and fauna and with their wide valleys surrounded by flowers of all kinds that will make your trip very special.

  • You will discover the spectacular Cabo Girao cliff.
  • You will enjoy spring and summer temperatures almost all year round.
  • You will tour fishing villages such as Canical, Machico and Camara de Lobo.
  • You can visit the famous Mercado dos Lavradores in Funchal, in the island's capital.
  • You will walk along the San Loureno Peninsula, an area of special natural beauty and different from the rest of the island.

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    • Accommodation in en suite rooms in charming hotels
    • Daily Breakfasts
    • Evening meals on days 3, 4 and 5
    • Luggage transfers between accommodations
    • Transfers as specified in the itinerary
    • Transfers 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
    • Extra nights


    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 walking trail in Madeira, the best option is to take a flight to Funchal International Airport.

    This airport receives direct flights from many European capital cities. You can also get there by making a stopover at Lisbon Airport, capital of Portugal.

    From there, you will have a transfer included to your first accommodation in Funchal.

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

    This route is graded as of medium-low difficulty, so it is suitable for people of all ages. There is no need for regular physical activity to travel on this route.

    Since on certain dates the occupancy of accommodation in Madeira is very high, especially in high season and on special dates such as the Flower Festival, one of the most popular on the island.

    We suggest you make the reservation as soon as possible, as soon as you have decided your travel dates. This will allow us to offer you the best accommodation options. In any case, if we have to locate you in alternative accommodation, they will always be of the same category or higher.

    We suggest you wear light and quick-drying clothes, a pair of shoes suitable for walking (if it is the winter season, it would be better with a pair of boots), a jacket and waterproof trousers.

    Depending on the season that you choose, these items may vary.

    Remember that with Orbis Ways you will have the baggage transfer service between stages already included, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 pack of up to 20 kg per person).

    For this reason, we suggest you take a second backpack that you can load up daily, much smaller, to carry water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, along with some food and cash.

    You will be able to start this walking trail in Madeira during any month of the year, thanks to the area's tropical climate, which will offer you spring and summer temperatures almost all year round. If you go in winter season, although it will not be cold, we do recommend that you bring the necessary equipment: a pair of boots and an anorak.

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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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    I did the wonderful walking holiday trip of 8 days Mont Blanc...the experience was incredible, from the beginning everything chosen in the dossier was beyond expectations, providing all the necessary information.I am very grateful for the wonderful and detailed attention of Jhonay. Also the accommodations chosen were very comfortable!I have no doubt that I will repeat as soon as I can, the routes are spectacular!
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