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Madeira's Waterways & Flowers
Madeira's Waterways & Flowers OverviewClassic levada walks through varied scenery of Portuguese mountains and coastline interspersed with stays in high-quality hotels.
- classic levada walks
- varied mountain and coastal scenery
- stay in Funchal
- high quality hotels
- self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
The beautiful island of Madeira is a mecca for walkers, nature lovers and those with a sense of adventure. Following the remarkable levadas around the contours of the steep mountains of the interior offers the chance to explore far and wide without the effort of too much climbing, yet rewarding with far-reaching views along the coast and into secret valleys. Add to this a rich and varied history and welcoming hotels serving delicious Madeiran cuisine, and you have all the ingredients for a wonderfully relaxed walking break amid dramatic landscapes.
After a night on the north coast in the traditional village Porto da Cruz, you begin to make your way south, following the flower-lined levadas through ancient laurisilva and tropical forest. As a complete contrast, explore the treeless Sao Lourenco peninsula, then discover the artisans of Camacha, famed for their wickerwork, before reaching the island’s charismatic capital, Funchal. You arrive by cable car – or toboggan – and have plenty of time to wander its historic streets and markets, before a final spectacular walk that ends on top of Europe’s second highest sea cliffs.