Do I have to walk every day?
If you want to take a day out, there is the possibility of grabbing a lift with the support vehicle but this will have to be arranged locally. We obviously hope you'll be out walking all the days!
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
How difficult is the walking in Madeira?
The paths we use are generally flat and well maintained but some of the routes cross rougher terrain with longer ascents and descents. Some of the paths are quite narrow and require walking in single file. On several
occasions where the path becomes narrow and has a steep drop to one side, walkers need a head for heights. Handrails sometimes protect these sections but we do not recommend this holiday for vertigo sufferers. A few of the levada paths enter short tunnels through the rock but these are easily navigated with the aid of a torch.
Jim Carder - Sales
Do I need trekking poles for the levadas?
Poles are optional and down to your own personal preference. Some people find them handy, especially on the downhill sections or if you have weak knees! If you do take some, make sure you pack them in your hold luggage, as you won't be allowed take them on board.
Rachel George - Customer Operations
I'm vegetarian - is this ok in Madeira?
Madeirans eat a lot of meat and fish with rather plainly cooked vegetables. Hotel cooks are not normally geared up to providing separate vegetarian menus but vegetarians will normally find they get a balanced diet if they are prepared to be flexible. Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.
Juliana Gier - Customer Operations
Anything I should see around Funchal?
In Funchal there are number of things to do during your free time and we can recommend a visit to the Botanical Gardens (open from 10:00 – 17:00) – admission is free. There is also a spectacular cable car ride allowing you to appreciate some stunning panoramic views of the island’s valleys. A return journey is Eur 14.50 for adults and Eur 7.25 for children (open from 10:00 – 18:00).
Rachel George - Customer Operations
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