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  • Hike Madeira: Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

    1. Hike Madeira: Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

    The sun rises over your hotel as you set out on your walking tour adventure. Leaving from the comforts of your room in Funchal on the Madeira Islands, we'll drive you up to the third highest peak in Madeira - the magnificent Pico Arieiro. You'll sip coffee or a drink on your way up to the base of the peak, looking out at all the stunning beauty this place has to offer. As we head from sea level up to the base at 5,964ft (1818m), you'll pass beautiful flora and fauna. Finally, we'll begin our mighty walk up the mighty Pico Arieiro up to the highest point on the island, the Pico Ruivo peak at 6107 ft (1862m). Finally, we'll walk down to Teixeira where you'll be comfortably transferred back to your hotel. And of course, no day of hiking is complete without a drink at a traditional bar, so we'll make sure to stop at one with a spectacular view to enjoy the closing of your day!

    It was so much fun! We had a beautiful weather and could see all peaks and mountains. It was truly magical

  • Madeira Walks - Rabaçal and the 25 Fountains

    2. Madeira Walks - Rabaçal and the 25 Fountains

    Rabaçal is a nature reserve on the island of Madeira that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. It is an area of intense natural beauty, brimming with waterfalls and unique flora and plant life, all of which you can experience on this wonderful guided walk. The 25 Fountains Walk starts by heading down the biggest valley of Madeira towards the Rabaçal reserve. Along the way you will walk along two of the oldest Madeira levadas each boasting a remarkable evergreen landscape with beautiful waterfalls scattered throughout. The 25 fountains refer to the 25 natural springs you will discover on the walk. Each spring falls into a small crystal clear lake surrounded by dense vegetation. Once you arrive here you may never want to leave! In this paradise-like oasis you'll be immersed in beautiful surronds, listening to the murmuring sounds of the water and the quiet chanting of the bi...

    Die Tour war unglaublich schön! Es war sehr informativ und der Reiseführer ging in einem angenehmen Tempo sodass alle gemütlich mithalten konnten. Man hatte auch genügend Zeit zum Foto machen. Der Reiseführer war sehr freundlich und witzig! Kann ich wärmstens weiterempfehlen!

  • Madeira East Island Tour and Levada Walk

    3. Madeira East Island Tour and Levada Walk

    This tour of the east side of Madeira island is designed to show guests how truly magical it is. Come and be awed by its spectacular beauty. To begin the day, pick-up is from the hotel at 8:00 to 9:00. The first stop will be at a viewpoint above Funchal. Continue to Camacha, famous for its beautiful wicker works, and stop to have a look around and then take a scenic drive up to Poiso where the start of the Laurissilva forest can be found. After this, make your way to the majestic views of Pico do Arieiro. Pico do Arieiro is the third highest peak on the island, standing 1818 meters. Next is what some consider to be the most beautiful spot on the island, Ribeiro Frio. Here you will visit a trout farm and do a levada walk to the Balcões. Following the walk, make your way to Santana to see its famous A-framed cottages and then continue along the northern coastal road to Faial. Stop for l...

    We had a fantastic trip with Lucy around East of Madeira. The happy bus took us above the clouds at Pico Arieiro, down to shady  Laurissilva forest   and along the north-east coast with beautiful villages. The tour is good value for money and will suit people who has limited time to explore the beautiful island of Madeira.

  • Madeira Day Trip: Levada Walk in the Rabaçal Valley

    4. Madeira Day Trip: Levada Walk in the Rabaçal Valley

    Depart Funchal and journey to the start of your walk, where you will follow the routes of the "levada" irrigation system developed in the 16th century by Madeira's first settlers. Descend from the plateau of Paul da Serra to the Rabaçal guesthouse and walk to the waterfall of the Levada do Risco. Continue towards the Levada das 25 Fontes, dominated by moorland at its highest point. Walk until you reach a small lagoon at the bottom of an enormous cliff, and marvel at the sight of 25 natural springs cascading into the lake. Return along a different path, passing through a tunnel that carries water to the south of the island. Admire a wide variety of endemic flora and fauna along the way.

    It was a nice and easy walk, a good family day out. Sarah the guide was really friendly and informative, told us a lot about Madeira. We enjoyed this walk and the beautiful nature! Highly recommended.

  • Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

    5. Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

    Just over three miles from the city of Funchal, the first stop is the famous, quaint fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, a favorite painting spot of the late Winston Churchill. Afterwards, travel up to the magnificent 1,902-feet high, glass balcony view point of Cabo Girão, famous for being the highest in Europe and second-highest cliff in the world. Traveling along the coast of the island, arrive shorty at the village of Ribeira Brava, where you can visit a church dating back to the 15th century. Next, make your way to the 3,303-feet high viewpoint, Encumeada, to enjoy beautiful views over both the north and south coasts of the island, as well as the valleys of Ribeira Brava and São Vicente. From an altitude of between 4,200-4,900 feet, find the tourist attraction Paúl de Serra and it's several levada walks that connect to different points of the island through the Laurissilva forest,...

    A really good way to know the island, plenty of things to see and our guide was really nice and friendly.

  • Small Group Walks Rabaçal 25 Fontes

    6. Small Group Walks Rabaçal 25 Fontes

    The Rabaçal 25 Fontes walk starts in the Rabaçal, a walk through the middle of the Laurissilva forest, through the irrigation canals that reach the lagoon from the 25 Fontes. The origin of the name of the Levada of the 25 Fontes is due to the fact that there is a lagoon with 25 springs at the end of Levada, it is the most beautiful point of the whole walk with a large waterfall falling into a small lagoon. Throughout the tour you have an immense variety of species of flora and fauna  to gaze at on the island of Madeira. This Levada has a small passage from the north coast to the south coast, with a very interesting history due to its origin and the way it was built. It is one of the most famous of all the islands because of the unforgettable landscapes and sensations along the whole walk.

    Very well organised small (8) guided tour led by experienced & knowledgeable guide Luis from Explore Nature. Despite wet weather conditions Luis led us on a very interesting route to:from the 25 Fontes lagoon. The steep paths were challenging at times but very manageable & no-one was rushed. Nice cafe/bar stop pre & post walk. Highly recommend as a ‘’must see’ levada

  • From Funchal: 25 Fountains Levada Walk and Jeep Safari

    7. From Funchal: 25 Fountains Levada Walk and Jeep Safari

    Depart Funchal and journey west to the Paul da Serra viewpoint in Calheta. Upon arrival, embark on a hike of the famous Levada das 25 Fontes e Risco walk and encounter the amazing waterfalls that give the nature trail its name. Then, go to Pico da Urze for lunch in a typical restaurant at your own expense. Continue off-road to the village of Ponta do Sol to see the stunning south coast of Madeira. Get bird's eye views from the coastal town of Ribeira Brava. Make your way to the highest cliff in Europe at Cabo Girão for stunning vistas 580 meters above sea level.

    Our tourguide Ruben was amazing. He was extremely friendly and shared a lot of knowledge about Madeira with us. We will definitely recommend this trip to friends and family.

  • Madeira Island: Ponta de São Lourenço Small Group Hike Tour

    8. Madeira Island: Ponta de São Lourenço Small Group Hike Tour

    Start your day of outdoor adventure with a pick-up from your accommodation where your driver will be to waiting to meet you. After a short meet and greet you will set off on a brief, scenic drive to your hiking destination - Ponta de São Lourenço.  Ponta de São Lourenço is the most easterly part of Madeira Island and home to some of the island's most spectacular views. Here is where your 4-hour hiking trip will take place. Enjoy the guidance of a professional, local guide who was born and raised on the island and will, throughout the course of the day, be eager to share with you fascinating information about the island's history.  Commence your hike in a small group under the supervision of your guide. As you embark on your 4-hour trip you will have the chance to marvel at the abundance of flora and fauna that call Madeira Island their home. Get the chance to witness panoramic views th...

  • Madeira: Rabaçal Valleys 3-Hour Guided Walk

    9. Madeira: Rabaçal Valleys 3-Hour Guided Walk

    Enjoy a 3-hour levada (aqueduct) walk with fascinating landscapes incorporating tremendous valleys, spectacular waterfalls, infinite laurel, header forest, and beautiful springs. This and much more is what the Rabaçal area has to offer. At this height the landscape is dominated by moorland, which includes Erica arborea and Erica scoparia as well as Madeiran whortleberry. This vegetation alters with the altitude as it reduces other predominate species, including the rare mountain mocano (Pittosporum coriaceum). This area includes Madeira’s Laurisilva Forest, which has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.

    The walk was great. A steady downhill to start then flat but uneven path to the fountains. The hills were shrouded in mist making the temperature just right for walking. We stopped off for coffee before and after the walk.

  • Madeira Lakes - Levada Walk

    10. Madeira Lakes - Levada Walk

    This is a walk unlike any other – many guests say that it is the walk they have enjoyed the most. Deep in the valley of the western plateau, you will marvel at rock pools that have been carved over millions of years by the water as it runs towards the sea, forming magnificent waterfalls and cascades. If you choose the summer to do this tour, be sure to bring your bathing suit and take a refreshing dip in the invigorating and crystal clear mountain waters. This is a moderate difficulty walk so you will experience diversity in walking through various types of terrain from the flat terrain of the levadas to the challenging mountains, along unmarked paths as we make our way up to the oldest mountain in the western side of the island. A truly unforgettable experience!

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This hike was amazing and definitely one of the highlights of my trip. The views are fantastic, we were lucky to get a clear day but was a bit hot hiking in the Madeira sun in the later part of the walk. The first part of the hike is not too bad, mostly down and flat sections with some steps. The second half of the walk is the most challenging and you do have to have a relatively good level of fitness for this section. There are metal steps going up and then a lot of other steps during the rest of the walk. It is challenging but absolutely worth it! If your looking at this hike then book it!

We had a fantastic trip with Lucy around East of Madeira. The happy bus took us above the clouds at Pico Arieiro, down to shady  Laurissilva forest   and along the north-east coast with beautiful villages. The tour is good value for money and will suit people who has limited time to explore the beautiful island of Madeira.

We had an great experience with Lido Tours. It was a beautiful walk and Sarah told us so much about the levada’s, flora and fauna and Madeira in general. She is the best!! I highly recommend this walk, it’s about 12km and there is enough to see. It’s a lovely environment to walk through.

The landscapes are literally breathtaking, I highly recommend it. Regarding the walk itself, come prepared because it is challenging!

It was so much fun! We had a beautiful weather and could see all peaks and mountains. It was truly magical