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The Island

Madeira is an island of fascinating natural beauty and enticing climate. It rises steeply from the Atlantic Ocean standing with its small island neighbours in splendid isolation off the coast of Europe and Africa. An island of volcanic origin it is a haven for those seeking a relaxing holiday in close proximity to nature.

A network of levadas, built to carry water from the springs in the north to irrigate the cultivated areas of the south, contour along the mountain sides, their banks planted with wild hydrangeas lilies and agapanthus. Its mountains are rugged and inspiring, often with splendid sea views. Gardens and parks are everywhere planted with all manner of exotic trees shrubs and blooms.

Madeira has had close links with the U.K. since the birth of its wine trade in the 17th Century. Madeirans are friendly and welcoming people and English is widely spoken.

Funchal

The historic and beautiful town of Funchal, set in a natural amphitheatre by the sea in the south of the island, is an ideal location for your stay. It has a lively commercial centre with contrasting quiet pedestrianised streets and squares (many painstakingly restored with mosaic-like miniature cobblestones) and an abundance of parks and gardens.

The Old Town is atmospheric with its street flower-sellers, narrow streets and period buildings. Its vibrant restaurants specialise in delicious fresh fish, kebabs and marinated pork and very many have folk groups and dancing. A cable car will take you quickly up to Monte with the option of returning by wicker basket!

The Walking



Walking is traditionally the most common outdoor activity in Madeira. A number of walks follow levadas gently downhill and are one-way in nature. The paths are generally of good quality with some uneven sections and also tunnels. They are a joy to walk along with the constant stream of water bubbling on one side and on the other ever changing views of deep valleys and hillsides generally with the sea in the background.

Madeira is, however, more than just levadas offering dramatic cliff top walks along zig zag paths above the bubbling sea below and more challenging treks in the central mountain ranges. There is also plenty of easy terrain suitable for even the least experienced walker.

Some walks, especially those which follow the levadas, do require a head for heights. Many less confident walkers often choose to take a week’s guided walking before embarking on a second self guided week. If you only have a week, we can arrange a couple of guided walks to get you started.

 

Guided - Independent Holidays

We believe using local guides is the best option for guided walking in Madeira. Our guides, who speak fluent English, believe in the New Experience philosophy that walking is to be enjoyed not endured.

During a 7 night holiday there will be 4 (or 3 and 2 half days) guided walking days along levadas, with an option of additional days which can be booked in advance or arranged locally. Each day’s walking is between 6 to 11 miles and is easy to moderate, mostly on good paths following contours. However, there are vertiginous sections on some of the walks. A minibus, included in the price, will take you to the beginning of each walk and pick you up at the end, largely avoiding out and back walks.  These guided independent holidays are available all year round at all of our hotels. 

Guided - Group Holidays

For dates and details of group departures please click here. You may, of course, choose your own departure airport. We still use local guides, and we also send an escort for these holidays to Madeira. 

Self Guided

Available all the year around. Our Walking Booklet has contrasting island walks with a selection of routes of all grades using levadas, coastal paths and mountain trails. The choice is sufficient for two weeks of walking. Madeira has an excellent public transport system that allows you to undertake both circular and one way walks. The description of each walk will indicate if it has vertiginous sections.

Getting About

On guided walks you will be collected from and returned to your hotel. Self guided walkers use the inexpensive and extensive public transport system to reach the start of walks, most of which finish at a different location from where you can return to Funchal by bus - we provide a timetable. A representative of our local partner (a specialist walking company) can deliver you to and collect you from any point on the island by previous arrangement for an extra charge.

Walk Grading

Guided - Easy & Moderate

Self Guided - Easy, Moderate & Challenging

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Hotel Orquidea *** - 3 Star

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Ideally located in the heart of Funchal this recently renovated hotel has a modern and efficient atmosphere. It has a sundeck on the roof to relax and rest those weary legs.

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Hotel Quinta da Penha de Franca **** - 4 Star

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Madeira has a pleasant climate well suited to year round walking summer temperatures averaging 22°C (70°F). Winter temperatures average 16°C (60°F) making it a particular attraction for those wishing to seek respite from cold or dismal days at home. The south the location of the majority of our walks rarely sees rain in the summer and usually has only moderate rainfall in other seasons. The north side which is more exposed to the prevailing wind has more rain.



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Madeira is well served with flights from the UK. There are flights from most major airports. Transfers between the airport and the hotel are included in the price.

There are flights as follows:

Non stop from Heathrow Gatwick Stansted Luton Exeter Bristol Bournemouth Cardiff Birmingham East Midlands, Manchester, Leeds** Edinburgh* Glasgow, Aberdeen* and Dublin. Connecting flights from the Isle of Man, Inverness, Belfast, Jersey, Guernsey and Newquay

* Winter only ** Summer only

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Madeira  

Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation with half board* (except Hotel Lusitania which is B&B only)

  • Transfers between Funchal airport and hotel 

  • Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

* Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Optional:

  • ‘With flights’ includes typical flight prices* from London Gatwick to Funchal (exact prices for your dates are available on request)
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Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

Please note these prices may differ from our current brochure price list and are the current correct prices

All prices valid for 2017/18

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on a shared twin/double standard room.

Hotel Residencia Lusitania

Dates

7 nights B&B

 With Flights

7 nights B&B

Own International Flights

Extra night Per person

Single supplement per night

Guided Walking Supplement per week

All Year

474

279

23

15

125

Supplements may apply for Easter, Christmas and New Year POA

Hotel Orquidea***

Dates

7 nights half board

 With Flights

7 nights half board

Own International Flights

Extra night

per person

Single Supplement per night

Guided Walking Supplement per week

01 Nov - 23 Dec

644

449

46

16

125

02 Dec – 05 Jan*

929

734

88

16

125

06 Jan – 28 Mar

644

449

46

16

125

29 Mar – 30 Apr

679

484

51

16

125

01 May - 31 Oct

694

499

48

16

125

*Gala Dinner extra POA

Hotel Quinta Da Penha De Franca****

Dates

7 nights half board

 With Flights

7 nights half board

Own International Flights

Extra night

per person

Single Supplement per night

Guided Walking Supplement per week

01 Nov – 19 Dec

754

559

63

41

125

20 Dec – 29 Dec

844

649

77

37

125

30 Dec – 27 Jan*

754

559

63

41

125

28 Jan – 10 Apr

794

599

69

39

125

11 Apr – 30 Apr

844

649

77

37

125

01 May – 31 Oct

794

599

69

39

125

Supplements may apply for Easter, Christmas and New Year POA

Room Supplement (per person per night):

  • Terrace or Sea View £14

  • Superior balcony side sea view £17


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