Madeira offers a great variety of walks, which we have organised into the shorter Half Day (HD) walks with up to 2h30 walk and the longer Full Day (FD) walks with upto 4h30 walking. All are recomended walks (PR) as identified by the Tourism Board.
Madeira "levada" walks are the walks which run along the "levadas", waterchannels first developed to bring water (mostly from the north of Madeira) to the plantations (mostly on the south of Madeira) and now also offer great walks through Madeira´s nature, heritage and local communities.
The mountain walks are known as "veredas", many were paths used to cross Madeira island before the road netwrok was developed.
The "Caminho Real" were roads built when the king visited the island. There is an ongoing project to recover these routes and paths and we hope to publish these soon.
Half day walks
Amazing Vistas (Levada do Castelejo) Monday – Half Day walk The setting is magnificent! Walk through cultivated terraces on a flower lined Levada that winds along an escarpment with breathtaking views: the high peaks inland and the Penha da Águia (Eagle’s Rock) standing proudly on the edge of the Ocean and over the picturesque fishing village of Porto da Cruz.
A leisurely walk through the emerald green paradise valley with captivating views over quaint isolated villages and Camacha. The flower lined levada trickles along underneath a canopy of Eucalyptus and Oak trees. Enjoy the abundant flora and patchwork landscape that makes this walk delightful.
Through one of Madeira’s lush valleys above the Southeast coast, this breathtaking walk begins at the village of Maroços and spirals along the picturesque terraces above Machico.
This breathtaking walk begins at the village of Maroços and spirals through the picturesque terraces above Machico. The flower lined levada winding through cultivated terraces will captivate you with beautiful views over Machico and the Atlantic Ocean.
A pleasantly docile levada walk for young and old. Our walk begins at Boa Morte and progresses towards Cabo Girão on the south coast. You will be spellbound by stupendous views over rural villages, fertile terraces, vineyards and the different hues of the Atlantic Ocean south of Madeira.
Full day walks
This magnificent mountain walk begins at the mighty Pico Areeiro and heads off into the interior through jagged pinnacles and enormous towers of volcanic rock embellished with lava veins. Our exhilarating journey takes us to the highest point on the island, the soaring Pico Ruivo before we descend to Achada do Teixeira.
Rabaçal Lakes and Fountains (Rabaçal – Risco – 25 Fontes) Explore the evergreen and Luxuriant Rabaçal valley located within the Madeira Natural Park, on the northwest of the island. Discover the concealed treasures of the indigenous Laurisilva forest with its abundance of mosses, lichens and ferns. As you stroll along the Levada to Risco and the 25 Fountains you’ll be bewitched by the cascading waterfalls, singing fountains and the tiny translucent lakes.
A great levada walk on the North Coast of the island, offering great views over Madeira´s rural agricultural activities as well as luxurious endemic forest
Enjoy the tranquillity and peace of your surroundings as your eyes feast upon sensational views while you amble along the levada that meanders through the ancient Laurisilva forest, UNESCO World Heritage. Enjoy the array of flora and bird life - Madeira’s natural heritage as its best.
Queimadas – Caldeirão Verde Levada Walk Make contact with the verdant Laurisilva forest as you walk along this historical levada and “vereda” through a densely wooded landscape that captures the imagination. The views over the island’s North coast are breathtaking, as you wind your way into the remote heart of Madeira.