The Best Walks in Madeira

Footloose in Madeira? Walk This Way

Discover the best walks in Madeira with these guided walks and excursions.

Best walks in madeira

If you’re like us, then you’re all about seeing more, doing more, and feeling more on your holiday.

Holes in socks? Success. A day of walking in Madeira was well spent.

Afternoon tea? Earned it. Have a Madeira cake…or three.

Glass of wine? Essential. Savour those sweet Madeira tones.

Walking in Madeira is all about exploration, discovery, and reward. And we’ve got you covered with our beautiful guided walks and excursions.

Read on to discover the best walking experiences the island has to offer.


Guided Walks in Madeira

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All our Madeira holidays include guided walks which can be added on at the time of booking. This means you can explore the island in the very capable hands of a professional and passionate local guide.

We advise you to wear suitable shoes with good grip, wear appropriate clothing (leave the denim at home), and bring your sun cream because a happy walker is sun-kissed and not sunburnt.

You’ll also need:

  • Sun glasses
  • A rain jacket
  • A warmer layer
  • A rucksack
  • At least a litre of water
  • A snack (we never forget those)

Here are some of the walks you can do with us...


Caldeirão Verde Walk

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Grade: Moderate Distance:13km

Duration: Approx 8 hours (walking time approx. 4 hours, 30 minutes)

Ascent/descent: 100m ascent and descent

Terrain: Mostly level, uneven in a few places

Come along with us on this full day walk where you’ll be treated to breath-taking sights. Along the way you’ll encounter a waterfall, catch wonderful views of the charming village of São Jorge, and see a beautiful variety of plant species and fauna.

Halfway through this walk, you’ll be taken to a Levada located in the Laurisilva Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999. You’ll need a torch for this part, as along the way you’ll go through some tunnels - Indiana Jones khaki trousers and fedora are optional however.

The walk finishes at Caldeirão Verde where you can set your sights on a stunning cascading waterfall. You’ll want your camera (or phone) at the ready.


Paradise Valley Walk With an Afternoon Tea

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Grade: Easy

Distance: 5km

Duration: Approx 4 hours (walking time approx 2 hours)

Ascent/descent: Walking path is on a low level

Terrain: Mostly level but can be uneven in some places

On this easy walk you’ll be treated to marvelous views of the mountains and sea while strolling along a charming levada. As you make your way to the rock valley, you’ll get to see a wide range of wildflowers and incredible landscapes.

The final stop will be at the cosy local tea house, where you’ll not only have the chance to soak up the picturesque views and explore their herb garden, but also indulge in a delicious afternoon tea. Take your pick from sweet potato bread, scones, cakes and fruit of the season.




How To Book Our Guided Walks

Booking our guided walks is simple. You can add them onto your booking online or after you’ve booked through ‘Manage My Booking.’ Pre-booking is strongly recommended due to limited spaces on these walks.


Madeira Walking Excursions

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If you’re looking to add an extra spring in your step then our Madeira walking excursions are just the ticket to uncovering more of the Island’s natural gems.

Like our guided walks, these can be added on at the time of booking your holiday, but come at an additional cost. If you want to see more and do more on your Madeira holiday, then our excursions are the perfect choice for you.


Maroços And Mimosa Valley Walk

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Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 5km

Walking Duration: 2 hours

Departs: Wednesday Morning

Take a serene stroll through the enchanting Mimoa Valley, where you’ll trace the path of a time-honoured 16th century irrigation system known as a Levada.

No visit to Madeira is complete without walking one of its famous Levada trails and on this excursion, you’ll be treated to a rich display of the island's beautiful flora and fauna.


Ribeiro Frio National Park

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Difficult: Easy to Moderate

Distance: 11km Walking

Duration: 4 hours

Departs: Monday and Friday

Prepare for an action-packed day on this excursion to the wild wonders of Ribeiro Frio National Park.

It’s a beautiful place set in a deep valley surrounded by mountains and is home to Maderia’s UNESCO protected Laurel Forest. Enjoy the peace and quiet, check out the beautiful waterfalls, and capture once-in-a-lifetime views.


Rabaça and The 25 Fontes

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Difficult: Moderate
Distance: 11km
Walking Duration: 4 hours
Departs: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

Step into one of Madeira’s hottest walking spots - it’s a date with nature you won’t want to miss.

The trails from Rabaça take you through dense green vegetation and into the impressive Calheta mountains. There’s a stunning waterfall walkway on route (hold on to your hats) and you’ll get to discover the Levada, Lagoa das 25 Fontes.


Santa Cruz Walk

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Grade: Easy

Distance: 2km

Duration: Half day, 4 hours (walking time 1 / 1.5 hour)

Get ready to explore the picturesque town of Santa Cruz. It’s one of the oldest settlements on the island and is brimming with culture and history.

This guided walk will take you on a journey from the ocean’s edge to the mountain top, where you’ll encounter lots of history, nature and local cuisine.

Starting with a leisurely stroll along the beautiful promenade, you’ll get to visit beautiful gardens, explore the quaint market, and step into a 16th century church.

A short 15 minute coach trip will then whisk you away to the charming village of Guala. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of wine, and a delicious cheese board served with locally-made sweet potato bread.

How To Book Our Excursions

You can add an excursion onto your booking online at an additional cost, or after you’ve booked through ‘Manage My Booking.’ We recommend booking early to secure your spot.


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Discover the quiet, coastal location of Caniço just a short distance from the city of Funchal. Book your holiday today with Inghams.

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Why Book With Inghams?

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✔️ With over 85 years of experience you can trust us to deliver your perfect holiday.

✔️ You'll have the reassurance and expert guidance of our reps when in resort.

✔️ New: enjoy two guided walks per week in selected resorts*.

✔️Flights from your choice of 15 regional airports, transfers and accommodation are included in your holiday.


Travel With Confidence

When you book with us you can travel with confidence. We've got you covered from the moment you step out of your front door to the moment you return with incredible memories. 

You're in safe hands.


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Terms and Conditions

**Up to two guided walks per week are included in the following resorts: Mayrhofen, Seefeld, Saalbach & HinterglemmChamonixMorzineLimone, Merano, Selva, Kranjska GoraGrindelwaldWengen, Zermatt, Funchal and CaniçoAll walks are subject to availability of local guides, weather conditions and maximum numbers. Where we cannot confirm your preferred option in resort, we will endeavour to offer an alternative subject to the above conditions. 

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