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Top 5 Highlights of Madeira Tours

Traditional Villages: The villages of Madeira nestle among breathtaking landscapes and offer a glimpse into the island’s rich cultural heritage. Boasting traditional houses adorned with colourful flowers and narrow cobbled streets, it almost feels as though time has stood still. From the vibrant Paul do Mar, known for its striking beauty, to the picturesque Faja da Ovelha and the fisherman’s village of Canical, each has its unique charms. The warm hospitality of the locals also adds to the allure of Madeira tours.

Pico Grande: Pico Grand is a majestic peak which rises proudly above Madeira’s stunning landscape. The mountain is a place of cultural significance, and it has long played a role in the folklore and traditions of the local community, making it an integral part of the region’s identity and history.
Explore the trails that wind along Pico Grande and from its summit, immerse yourself in panoramic views across Ribeira Brava, Nun’s Valley and Pico Ruivo.

The Lakes of Madeira: Madeira is famous for its natural beauty, and its waters are no exception. This beautiful walk takes you above the ancient Rabaçal valley of the western plateau to the emerald-green waters of Lagoa do Vento, passing rock pools and cascading waterfalls, which have formed over millions of years. Along the way you can enjoy a refreshing dip, see wonderful flora and fauna and soak up fabulous views.

Sao Jorge: Sao Jorge is a beautiful coastal village with natural landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Known for its impressive cliffs and picturesque valleys, the region is a haven for hikers and nature lovers. The charming village introduces you to traditional Madeiran life, with its narrow streets, old stone houses and friendly locals. You can also explore the nearby Laurisilva Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and indulge in Madeira’s delicious traditional cuisine.

Exploring Funchal: Funchal, the lively capital of Madeira, is a captivating city that stands on the picturesque coastline. As well as boasting crystal-clear waters and golden sandy beaches, it’s also renowned for its charming old town made up of cobblestone streets and colourful buildings. As you stroll through its narrow alleyways you’ll discover quaint shops, local markets and mouthwatering food stalls selling traditional delicacies. On our Madeira tours don’t miss the chance to visit the São Tiago Fortress or the Madeira Story Centre, which provide insights into the island’s history and traditions.

This was my fourth Exodus trip and my first travelling solo. I had very good experiences during the first three trips and thought that I knew what to expect and would be safe travelling solo as a female. I walked Amalfi with Tony, Cinque Terre with Michaela and the Camino Trail with Miguel and they all were very organized and met with the group to have a introductory and informative meeting before we started our walk and would often have dinner with the group each night. This did not happen in Madeira. Our meeting was supposed to happen on Saturday, April 13th, the day before our walk began, but Bruno our leader could not get the group all together. He blamed it on miscommunication from some woman at the agency. Our first meeting happened the morning of our first walk. Our group didn’t start having dinner together until the fourth day of our trip. Bruno didn’t have any meals with the group and travelled from his own home to meet up with us for our walks. He said that Exodus would not cover the cost of a room for him. As a solo traveller, I was getting bored of eating dinner alone and I took this trip because I thought all of the trips ran in a similar way. Bruno didn’t know my name, he called me lady when addressing me on one of our walks later in the week. Thursday was his day off and the group was leaving Port Muniz by taxi and travelling to Funchal. There were two confused taxi drivers who picked us up we were not all staying in the same hotel. The group was split in half, some were staying at a hotel mentioned in the trip notes, while the others were staying at another hotel that was not in the trip notes. All of the highlighted names on the list were staying in the same hotel, my name was highlighted, but when we arrived – there was no reservation for me! I was lucky to be travelling with the one person (Trevor) who took a photo of the list and had the other hotel name. They lovely receptionist at the Terrace Mar sorted it all out and I had a place to stay. Bruno was aware of the mix up at the hotel but never addressed it with me. I was very lucky to be travelling with such a good group of people.
We were on our own to purchase lunches but the grocery stores do not have pre made sandwiches or salads. You buy bread, meat and etc. to make your own. One of the hotels did not have a mini bar but offered to store your lunch in a fridge.
The pace of the walk was a little slow for me but the scenery and the weather was beautiful. After a long day in the sun when you want to grab a cold drink, hop in the pool, Bruno would end the day with a long meeting.

Michelle MacEachern Walking the Island of Madeira

Many changes to trip notes – including days walking and lack of public transport

jenny pulman Walking the Island of Madeira

A varied selection of walks around the island. 3 out of 4 hotels were excellent – the second one was a bit dark and cold. Length of walks were good – about 7 miles. Pace for me was a bit slow. One of the walks (high up near the tops) was frustrating as there was no view over the hedges. The replacement walk as the highest peak was closed was in fact my favourite (on the Friday)

Val Wallace Walking the Island of Madeira

FAQs on Madeira Tours

When is the best time to visit Madeira?

Madeira boasts a mild subtropical climate, making it a year-round destination. However, the spring and autumn months, from April to June and September to November, are often considered the best time to visit. During these periods, you can enjoy pleasant temperatures and fewer crowds. Owing to the island’s micro-climates, you’ll find the weather can vary depending on where you visit. When walking in the mountains it’s likely you’ll experience cooler temperatures and fog.

What are the best things to see on Madeira tours?

Blessed with beautiful landscapes and rich culture, Madeira is home to wonderful attractions. Some of the must-see places include the vibrant capital city, Funchal, with its historic centre and ornate gardens; Pico Ruivo, Maderia’s highest peak which offers breathtaking panoramic views; and the coastal town of Porto Moniz. Nature lovers should head to the magical Fanal Forest to see the unusual mist-shrouded trees and volcanic crater. Alternatively, hike among the hills of Machico for some of the best views of the island.

What are the best hiking trails in Madeira?

Madeira is a paradise for hikers, with its diverse landscapes offering a multitude of trails for all levels of expertise. One of the most famous hikes is the Levada walks, which are irrigation channels that crisscross the island, providing incredible views of the mountains and coastline. The challenging Pico Ruivo hike also rewards you with magnificent vistas, while the Vereda do Fanal guides you through an ancient laurel forest.

What is the traditional food in Madeira?

The cuisine of Madeira showcases a blend of Portuguese and international influences. The island is known for its freshly caught seafood, including specialties like espada (black scabbardfish) and lapas (limpets). Don’t miss the opportunity to try the famous Madeira wine, renowned worldwide for its unique flavours. The local dish of espetada, skewered beef cooked over an open fire, is also a must-try. You’ll also find honey cake and bolo do caco, a typical Madeiran bread, in many restaurants and local markets.

What is the most picturesque village in Madeira?

Ponta do Sol is often considered the most picturesque village of Madeira. This hidden gem captivates visitors with its raw beauty and sprawling coastal views and is referred to as the sunniest village on the island. The picture-perfect village provides a tranquil escape from the city, with its cobbled streets, pebble beach and pastel-coloured buildings.

How long do you need for hiking tours in Madeira?

Depending on how much of the island you’d like to see on Madeira tours, we’d recommend a minimum of eight days, as this allows you to explore some of the most beautiful walking trails. You’ll also have chance to stop off at local villages and discover the charms of the capital city, Funchal, at your own pace. As well as discovering the natural landscapes, you’ll have plenty of time to immerse yourself in the culture and history of the island.

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