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Funchal: Sunrise Hike from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

1. Funchal: Sunrise Hike from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

Enjoy an affordable and flexible transfer to Pico do Arieiro to enjoy a sunrise hike all the way to Pico Ruivo. Trek up to the highest and second-highest mountains on Madeira at your own pace and enjoy pickup and drop-off at your accommodation. Instructions will be given by the host, regarding schedules and where you will pass by. The day before the hike, you will receive the exact pickup time and a weather forecast, in order for you to be as prepared as you can be! Get picked up at your accommodation in Funchal and dropped off at the entrance to Pico do Arieiro to begin your self-guided hike. Experience the most amazing natural scenery as you walk from mountain to mountain on the #1 hiking trail on Madeira Island. Once you're finished exploring, the end of the hike and pick-up location is at Achada do Teixeira, in the parking lot area. On the way back to your accommodation, pass through the city of Santana for close-up views of the traditional triangular homes and you will have a tasting and the end of the hike, produced by locals. Hike information: Distance: 10km Availability: Sunrise Hike (05.00 - 13.30) or Morning Hike (09.30 - 17.30) Elevation Gain: 1862 m / 1540 m

Hike Madeira: Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

2. 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!

From Funchal: Intermediate Canyoning Adventure with Transfer

3. From Funchal: Intermediate Canyoning Adventure with Transfer

Start with pickup from Funchal, Canico or Câmara De Lobos and drive to the canyoning location. Meet your guides and receive all your equipment for the activity. Take a 20-minute walk to the entrance of a stream where the first safety briefing will take place. Along the way, abseil down breath-taking waterfalls, jump and swim in beautiful natural pools, always surrounded by incredible landscapes. With natural water slides, abseiling, and jumps into natural rock pools the canyons are sure to make your heart skip a beat. The beginning of the stream has some vertical challenges (20m), small walking sections, and many play areas. The river will be flowing by the entire time with several optional jumps. The challenge continues following a quick snack break with waterfalls. Guides will take pictures and videos of your experience throughout the day, to be sent to you afterward. At the end of the trip, there will be transportation to bring you back to the park where you began your adventure.

From Funchal: Madeira Island Canyoning for Beginners

4. From Funchal: Madeira Island Canyoning for Beginners

Let your guide share their passion for canyoning with you on this beginner-level tour from Funchal. Slide and swim through lush natural settings on the beautiful island of Madeira.  Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Funchal and transported to the canyoning starting point. Get acquainted with the necessary gear and do a short walk to ensure that all the equipment has been properly adjusted. Listen to a short briefing on the trip. Start your adventure of crossing water lines, swimming, sliding, abseiling, and jumping. Marvel at the diversity of landscapes and the rich flora. Replenish your energy with a snack and water stop. Take home photos and videos of your trip. Have more snacks before heading back to your hotel in Funchal.

Madeira Day Trip: Levada Walk in the Rabaçal Valley

5. 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.

Madeira Walks - Rabaçal and the 25 Fountains

6. Madeira Walks - Rabaçal and the 25 Fountains

Discover the waterfalls of Rabaçal on this guided hike. Enjoy hotel pickup and drop-off in an airconditioned bus from several points on the island of Madeira. Immerse yourself in the unique flora and fauna of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and sit back and relax on the drive to the Rabaçal reserve. Follow your guide on a trail of intense natural beauty that is brimming with waterfalls. Look for local flora and fauna as you walk through this lush wonderland. Pass by 25 natural springs which fall into a small crystal clear lake that is surrounded by dense vegetation. Listen to the falling water and the chirping of birds. Return to your accommodation by bus at the end of your tour.

From Funchal: Pico Do Arieiro and Sunrise Hike To Pico Ruivo

7. From Funchal: Pico Do Arieiro and Sunrise Hike To Pico Ruivo

Enjoy a convenient transfer in a 9-seater minivan from Funchal or Canico to Pico Do Arieiro, the 3rd highest mountain on the Island. Hike to the top before sunrise, and take in the myriad of colors that paint the sky. Walk at your own pace, and discover Pico Ruivo. Get picked up in Funchal or Canico and head to the hike starting point. Once there, prepare yourself to rise in altitude with the sun rising behind you, and find yourself in a new place. Begin the hike, and take you time to freely set your own pace, or join others in a group. It takes 4 and a half hours to complete the hike, with much space for slower hikers. You will hike from Pico Do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo, the highest mountain on Madeira Island with 1862 meters of altitude. And then, to Achada Do Teixeira (the ending point of the hike). There, you will take a ride back to your accommodation. On this path, you will see the most breathtaking views because of the weather diversity along the hike. Feel as though you are walking above the clouds and on the challenging path you will find a few tunnel walks and the famous stairs to heaven.

From Funchal: Madeira Peaks Mountain Walk

8. From Funchal: Madeira Peaks Mountain Walk

Hike through the three highest peaks in Madeira. See rock formations that look like giant sculptures stretching towards heaven. Get breathtaking views on almost every step of your journey. Discover a profusion of unique plants and fragile flowers in their natural habitat, and be dazzled by the myriad colors in the springtime. Walk through Madeira's oldest heather forest near Pico Ruivo, and see ancient trees that were alive when Zarco landed on Madeira for the first time. Admire the peak of Pico Ruivo, famous as the highest point on the island and known for its views from coast to coast.

From Funchal: Ponta de São Lourenço/Caniçal Full-Day Hike

9. From Funchal: Ponta de São Lourenço/Caniçal Full-Day Hike

Join a tranquil walk along a trail at the eastern end of the island in Caniçal, part of the Natural Park of the island. On this full-day walk, take the opportunity to see both the north and south coasts of Madeira. Discover and enjoy the unique fauna and flora, including hundreds of species, or take a moment to explore the curious rock formations, created as a result of the volcanic origin of the island. Witness the rocky and contrasting alternative to the evergreen levada paths. Enjoy magnificent views over the Desertas islands in the south, and Porto Santo to the north, excellent sights which are present all through your walk.  At the end of the walk, take the chance to go for a swim in the clear ocean, making your tour a unique and memorable experience.

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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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,082 reviews

We went canyoning for our first time and it was an amazing experience! Guys are great at what they do, you can feel they love it and safety is always first. They are happy to show you around and let you have the full experience. Go try! Easy enough for beginners and exciting as well! The views around are like nothing else you can see just walking around the trails

Fabulous day of canyoning - abseiling, jumping, sliding, hiking, climbing, scrambling. Loved it all. The tour leaders were amazing made us feel safe and were friendly and helpful throughout taking an array of photos and videos. Would definitely do it again highly recommend.

This was a great experience- well worth the early get up! Plans were communicated well prior to the day and Filipe was really fun and knowledgeable. I feel the walk is better done self guided as you can go at your own pace. Would highly recommend!

The walk is lovely, just a shame the waterfall is overcrowded. Charlotte was brilliant!

Tony was a great guide, and there have been some lovely spots to visit and enjoy.