Walking holidays in Madeira

HIKING ON THE ISLAND OF ETERNAL SPRING

The blooming flowers all year round are probably the most popular feature of the main island of Madeira. However, there are many more reasons to explore this island on foot. Read here what you need to know about a hiking holiday in Madeira and what culinary highlights await you. Get to know our various trips and exciting, varied paths of all kinds.

Steep coasts & flower gardens

As the ‘flower island’ and known for its species-rich flora, Madeira presents itself year-round as a dream destination for ambitious hikers. Diverse paths, sometimes narrow and winding lead over this mountainous island. A good basic condition is needed. But the versatile island will reward you for your physical effort every day. In the dry east at Porto da Cruz you can relax on the black sandy beach. In the north, near Porto Moniz, the view sweeps over the entire north coast, in the mountainous region shady laurel forests await. The abundance of flowers is ubiquitous, even in and around the capital, Funchal. Madeira is like a breathtaking botanical garden.

Our individual hiking tours in Madeira

Around Madeira

Get to know the unique island in a one-week holiday? We have packed all places worth seeing into an 8-day individual hiking trip. Taste a ‘poncha’ and grab a toboggan and enjoy a speedy ride as a crowning finale.

  • All the important information and details about the hiking trip Around Madeira can be found here.

Around Madeira with charm

Our Madeira trip with charm offers the ‘extra’ comfort. You spend the night in a room with a sea view everywhere except in Sao Vicente. Our charming hotels are carefully selected and impress with their own black rocky beach, enchanting gardens and the constant sound of the sea.

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Mountain Hiking
Portugal

Around Madeira

8 Days | Self-guided tour
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Tour character
Mountain Hiking
Portugal

Around Madeira with Charm

8 Days | Self-guided tour
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Our guided group tours in Madeira

Guided group hiking along Levada trails on Madeira

Guided hiking tour Flower Paradise Madeira

Would you like to join a hiking group alongside a guide to help you master the different paths and get to know the island? Then our guided group tour is highly recommended. Choose from 2 different hotel categories and enjoy the trip without changing hotels. Because the small groups are very personal, we can respond to your wishes during the tour. The experienced hiking guide provides you with knowledge about flora and fauna, the country and its people and much more.

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Tour character
Moderate Walking
Portugal

Flower Paradise Madeira

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Guided group hiking along Levada trails on Madeira

‘Carefree travel’ on a hiking holiday in Madeira

Eurohike – that stands for carefree travel comfort, the best service and advice and uncomplicated travel. We take care of the hotel booking, well-prepared directions and travel documents, an absolutely reliable luggage transfer and ready for service every day! What is left to do you ask? Hike and enjoy!

Useful information about your hiking holiday in Madeira

Spectacular views down the steep cliffs of Madeiras north coast

Geographical information

The Madeira archipelago is of volcanic origin and consists of five islands. Madeira, the main island is the largest island and almost all of the 300,000 inhabitants live there. Because Madeira is closer to Africa than Portugal, it is geographically part of Africa, but politically part of Europe. Forces of nature formed the island, which rises steeply out of the Atlantic and it is enthusiastically visited by numerous guests. Rivers and streams cut deep gorges and steep cliffs were created by the constant beating of the waves. A thermal spring discovered near Funchal is the last witness of the volcanic pre-history. Madeira has only a few black, coarse grained beaches that are not so inviting for swimming. That is why rock bathing facilities have been created in many places, making use of the natural conditions, which make bathing possible.

Hiking along unspoilt Levada trails high above Machico

Madeira hiking trails

Madeira is the ideal hiking island. The Lavada trails are almost without any hills and along narrow irrigation channels. In addition, there are the old routes from place to place, which the people of the island used until only a few years ago. And last but not least, the lonely mountain paths of the goatherds open up almost every corner of the island. You are spoiled for choice between easy hikes in the middle of countless terraced fields and shady forests, dizzying levadas or adventurous coastal paths. Many routes lead through tunnels, so pack a torch and waterproof shoes.

A typical Madeiran menu

Starters

Bolo do Caco com Manteiga de Alho – typical bread with garlic butter

Meat

Espetada – grilled beef skewer

Cozido portugesa – various types of meat with sausage and vegetables

Picado – sliced beef with fries

Prego no bolo do Caco – beef steak in typical bread

Carne vinha de alhos – pork marinated in wine

Fish/Seafood

Bacahlhau – salted dried fish in different variations

Espada – black swordfish in different variations

Tuna – tuna in different variations

Lapas – mussels

Camarao – shrimp in different variations

Caramujos – small sea snails

Ovos de Epada – fish eggs

Dessert

Bolo de mel – honey cake

Pastel de nata – vanilla tarts

Bolo de berlin – vanilla donut

Drinks

Poncha – cane sugar schnapps with lemon/orange and honey

Nikita – beer, white wine and pineapple or vanilla ice cream

Sangria – white wine or red wine

Brisa – regional carbonated juices, speciality: passion fruit, apple, lemon

Coral Bier – regional beer

Stunning panoramic view down to Porto da Cruz

Small Portuguese dictionary

The national language in Madeira is Portuguese, but in more rural areas the language is characterised by regional dialects and idiomatic expressions. Basically, the Portuguese appreciate it very much if visitors make a little effort during their stay and acquire a few everyday words to use. Many Portuguese speak English. Here are a few helpful words and sentences.

  • I need help: Preciso de ajuda.
  • How much is this?: Quanto custa?
  • Cash: Dinheiro
  • Credit card: Cartao de credito
  • Excuse me, could you help me please?: Desculpe, pode-me ajudar?
  • Where is…?: Onde fica...?
  • How do I get there?: Como posso la che gar?
  • Do you speak English?: Fala Ingles?
  • Lady/Woman: Senhora/mulher
  • Mr/Man: Senhor/homem
  • Please: por favor
  • Thanks: obrigado (if you are a man) or obrigada (if you are female)
  • Fruit: Fruta
  • Bread: Pao
  • Fish: Peixe
  • Meat: Carne
  • Dessert: Sobremesa
  • Water: Agua
  • Juice: Sumo
  • Beer: Cerveja
  • Wine: Vinho
  • Coffee: Café
  • Could I have the bill please?: Traga-me a conta por favor.

 

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