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From Funchal: Madeira Peaks Mountain Walk

1. 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.

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Madeira East Island Tour and Levada Walk

2. 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 lunch in the northern part of the island. After lunch, carry on to the eastern part of the island, to the famous viewpoint of Pico do Facho. From here you will have incredible views of Ponta de São Lourenco, Machico and the airport. On a good day one can see the Desertas Islands as well Porto Santo, the small island adjacent to Madeira. The last stop will be a famous viewpoint above Machico. You will arrive back to Funchal by 17:00.

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Small Group Walks Rabaçal 25 Fontes

3. 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.

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Madeira: West Tour with Porto Moniz and Volcanic Pools

4. 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, such as Rabaçal, Risco, and the 25 fountains. Stop then for lunch (not included) and extra time at the seaside town of Porto Moniz, home to the largest volcanic natural pools of Madeira. On the descent toward the town, enjoy fantastic views, especially those of the volcanic pools in their entirety. In the good weather it is possible to take a dip, so come prepared. Next, enjoy a brief stop overlooking the black sandy beach and natural rock pools of Seixal village. Along the way, you'll have the pleasure of passing several waterfalls, most notably the famous and stunning Bride's Veil. Staring up at the water pouring down the mountain, you can see how the rock-face has been delicately sculpted by the wind and rain over millions of years to form what can only be described as the perfect art form. Following, visit the picturesque neighboring village of São Vicente, where you can check out a beautiful church dating from the 17th century before returning to Funchal.

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Madeira Island: Caldeirão Verde Levada Walk

5. Madeira Island: Caldeirão Verde Levada Walk

Caldeirão Verde means green cauldron in Portuguese and well describes the environs of this 6.5-kilometer walk. This half-day levada walk takes you through the highest area of Santana. A levada is an aqueduct or irrigation channel that is unique to the island of Madeira. This is without doubt one of the most beautiful levadas on Madeira. Located in the Laurissilva forest the highlights of the trail include fantastic views of São Jorge and a series of tunnels of natural basaltic rock. Start out in the emerald green Queimadas rainforest and enjoy scenic views over villages as you follow alongside the winding levada and through 5 short natural tunnels. When you arrive at Caldeirão Verde you’ll marvel at the majestic waterfall.

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Madeira Lakes - Levada Walk

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

7. 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.

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Madeira: Full-Day Rabaçal Valley Levada Walk

8. Madeira: Full-Day Rabaçal Valley Levada Walk

Begin your half-day tour with a drive before starting your levada walk at Paúl da Serra in the area of Rabaçal. Enjoy the amazing waterfalls and springs as you soak up your beautiful surroundings. On the walk, observe the Valley of Rabaçal with your mountain guide. Visit a fantastic waterfall before going down to the Levada of 25 Fountains. Along this levada, keep your eye out for a great variety of plants native to Madeira. Head to the waterfall of the Levada of 25 Fountains, and admire its pond.

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Queimadas Natural Park 5-Hour Guided Hike

9. Queimadas Natural Park 5-Hour Guided Hike

Spend time in nature during a 5-hour guided walk in Queimadas Natural Park. Travel from Funchal to the park and follow your mountain guide on a moderate trek through the wild. This walk winds along the walkway of the levada (irrigation channel) of Caldeirão Verde at an elevation of 3,248 feet (990 meters). The levada is an impressive work of art built in the 18th century, beginning in the main stream bed of the Caldeirão Verde brook. Passing through steep cliffs and mountains, it carries the water that runs off the highest mountains of Madeira, which culminates in the irrigation of the farm lands of the parish of Faial.  This levada is used for agricultural purposes, but it is also an important means of reaching the interior of the deep valley of the São Jorge brook on foot. It also offers a spectacular view of the mountainous terrain of the interior of the island. On your route, you will also have the opportunity to walk through tunnels carved by hand out of the rock.

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Madeira: Private Caldeirão Verde Guided Walk Levada

10. Madeira: Private Caldeirão Verde Guided Walk Levada

Queimadas’ House is a true fairy tale which sits in a green paradise. Walking until you reach a majestic waterfall, you will notice that your surroundings are remarkably green. Along the way you will be rewarded with magnificent views over the village of São Jorge, as well as the great neighboring mountains. The water is always present along the walk. You can see the water gushing from the walls, flowing on the "levada", and falling from the sky on raining days. It’s a fantastic trail, and is 100% safe all year long. You will find some tunnels along the way, so do not forget your flashlight and protect your head with a helmet. Arriving at Caldeirão Verde, you will be able to immerse yourself in the breathtaking views of the huge waterfall cascading over the cold and crystalline lagoon.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 680 reviews

Full itinerary. Delicious traditional lunch at local restaurant. Cristo de Rei made a great alternative (as wicker baskets were closed)- stunning location worth the steps. Also visited Porto de Cruz Sugar Cane brandy factory for tasting - delicious. It was fun to see the traditional houses in Santana (brief but sufficient visit), mnost of which have been converted into tourist shops. Then went for a walk in UNESCO laurel forest and along the Balcoes levada. Cherry on the cake visited Pico de Aerio. Would not hestitate to recomment this trip. Excellent tour group - Ilhala

We were delighted to be guided by Sara for the second time this week. The walk is less popular than the others, which is an advance as a smaller group and less other groups all trying to see the same thing at the same time. This walk took us to several lagoons and stunning waterfalls as we made our way around the valley. We would book more trips with Lido tours as they are located near our hotel so easy to access. A wider variety of walk options would definitely be a welcome addition for our next trip to Maderia.

A great and varied day, full of laughter, good food and insider information. Lucy never hurried us(we got back well after six) and always seemed to have another little surprise up her sleeve. The lunch in Santana (included) was excellent value and really tasty. Lucy was a mine of information and it is very clear she loves her island, and passes this love on to her guests. Thank you Lucy. Elizabeth

Had a very nice and beautiful walk with Richard. During the walk we also learned the history of the origin of the Levada's. A must if you are in Madeira!

It was really amazing trip with Tony and the group. The mountains and the views was incredible! And tasty lunch! Worth the money!