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Eastern Madeira

Famed for its levadas originating in the 15th century and rare endemic species of flowers that grow in ancient laurel forest, Madeira is an excellent walking destination with a steady year-round climate.

  • Madeira

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board. Dinners taken in local restaurants.
  • Landscape

    Coast & Islands

    Mountains

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Walking grade

Grade 5

This is a grade 5 walking holiday with full days of walking. Madeira is a mountainous island with peaks rising to around 1870m. The scenery  is very dramatic and the excellent network of footpaths allows access without difficulty. There are several types of paths on Madeira: almost completely flat levada paths which run beside the water channels criss-crossing the island; mountain paths through the central area around Curral das Freiras or the major peaks which can be steep at times; engineered paths, sometimes along cobbled or vehicle tracks, and coastal paths which undulate high above the sea. Walk along the coast, in the mountains, passing villages, waterfalls and enjoying truly magnificent views. Some of the walks along the high peaks are dependant on weather conditions so may not be possible. Some days are half days whereas other days will be full days. Some walks may have optional opt out points, please speak to your leader for more information. The maximum altitude we reach on this holiday is 1,870m. 

To enjoy the walks you need a good head for heights as some paths are very narrow with large drops on one side, and to be prepared for occasional long descents of around 1000m. Although the holiday is a Grade 5 there are some walks that are more like a Grade 6 due to long descents of up to 1,250m. 

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Stay in a centrally located hotel in Funchal, within walking distance of the main town and local restaurants.
  • Dinners in local restaurants in central Funchal.
  • Walk the dramatic North Coast path to Porto da Cruz.
  • Follow the levadas as they crisscross their way across the island.

If you are looking at this one week holiday why not make your stay two weeks by joining us on Complete Madeira. 

If you enjoy walking, have a good head for heights, and have never visited Madeira before, then one of your best holidays still lies ahead of you. Madeira in Portuguese means wood, rightly named after its vast forests stretching across the island. It is the perfect walker’s island, with an extensive network of well maintained footpaths through very varied terrain. The famous levada footpaths run beside water channels which cut through the mountains, linking the relatively wet north half of the island with the reasonably dry south, bringing water to the most populated parts of Madeira.

Down by the coast is the subtropical vegetation of banana palms and custard apples. On the lush terraced slopes agapanthus and an array of colourful flowers like hydrangeas and bird of paradise plants brighten the way. Higher up there are forests of laurisilva before the peaks pushing towards 2000m offer panoramic views across the island and beyond to the Atlantic. Madeira has a comfortable all year-round climate, making it the ideal walkers paradise.  

Funchal, with its dramatic mountainous lush green backdrop, is decorated with white and black mosaic footpaths, picturesque colourful squares filled with history and terracotta roofed houses dot the mountainside, making for an attractive city. Its indoor market is a must see, along with its pretty little narrow backstreets filled with shops and restaurants. The cable car whisks you high above Funchal for fantastic panoramic views of the rolling city. Funchal is the ideal centre for exploring the more challenging walks of Madeira.

The hotel could not be in a better location in Funchal, just a stone's throw from exuberant streets filled with restaurants, shops, fish and flower markets, and the cable car up to Monte. This 1960's themed hotel is a real gem and gives you the ability to explore Funchal further. It's close enough for you to enjoy evening strolls into the main streets where you will be immersed in the friendly local atmosphere and sample local cuisine in traditional restaurants. Funchal really is a truly splendid place to be as the sun goes down over the harbour! 

It’s difficult to choose the best walk. Is it the high level walk between the island’s two highest peaks, Pico Arieiro and Pico Ruivo, sometimes above the clouds? Or how about the high-level traverse from Boca do Risco along the North Coast path, finishing in the seaside town of Porto da Cruz? Every walk in Eastern Madeira offers dramatic scenery and unique panoramic views!

Although this holiday is Grade 5, some of the walks from Funchal could also be described as Grade 6 due to some longer descents. Please see our Holiday Information Sheet for more details.

  • Return flights from London to Funchal Airport.
  • Airport transfers.
  • En suite three-star accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Half board with dinners taken at local restaurants.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/taxi.
  • Services of a Classic Tour Leader.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Funchal

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

On arrival in Funchal Airport, transfer by private coach to your hotel in the centre of Funchal, ready for your adventurous week ahead.

Transfer Time = 40m

Day 2 to 7

Discover Funchal and Eastern Madeira

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

During your time in Madeira, you will explore the island through a variety of walks which may include one or more of the following. Some walks may be substituted due to weather conditions, or changes beyond our control. There are five walking days and one free day. 

  • Time

    4-5 hours

  • Distance

    8.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    570/870m

Ribeiro Frio to Portela: This is a beautiful and very enjoyable levada walk. There are spectacular views towards the central mountains from Balcoes and down to the north coast by Porto da Cruz. 

This scenic route meanders through a lush laurisilva forest, a botanical wonder recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Within this unique ecosystem, you'll encounter a remarkable assortment of plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. In fact, Madeira boasts the world's most impeccably preserved example of this ancient forest, making this walk a truly one-of-a-kind and enchanting experience.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    230/445m

North Coast Path: From the Caniçal tunnel we cross terraces, slowly rising to the Boca do Risco pass, where suddenly the turquoise sea opens up in front of us several hundred metres below. The dramatic cliffs rise from the sea below, what a view! You'll follow a narrow winding cliff path to the pretty village of Porto da Cruz where there will be time for refreshments or maybe take a dip in the sea water pools by the beach before returning to Funchal. A great way to conclude a fantastic day!

  • Time

    5-6 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    871/1103m

The Big Peaks: This is an extraordinary walk, many regard it as one of the most remarkable day hikes you can experience! Starting at Pico Arieiro, standing at over 1800m, you'll wind our way through spectacular rock formations to Pico Ruivo, Madeira's highest mountain, passing through several tunnels on the way. On some fortunate days, you'll find yourself walking above a sea of clouds, with the islands dramatic peaks piercing through the mist and the vast expanse of the Atlantic stretching out beyond. When you reach Pico Ruivo, look back towards Pico Arieiro and Picos das Torres, creating a truly awe-inspiring vista.

Please be aware that this walk is above grade 5, more suitable for walking at the higher end of grade 6 and a strong head for heights is needed. Sometimes the path is not suitable to walk due to weather conditions so this walk might not always be possible. There are no flexi walking options today.

  • Time

    4-5 hours

  • Distance

    5.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    405m

Ponta de São Lourenço: The peninsula at the far eastern end of the island is utterly different from anywhere else on Madeira. Here there is bare eroded igneous rock with wonderful unique colour formations. It's an arid, barren, and windswept landscape, yet the vistas spanning the rocky terrain and tracing the cliff edges are nothing short of otherworldly. The trail on this peninsula is an out-and-back journey, making it an ideal choice for a more relaxed day, particularly when the mountainous regions might be rain-soaked. 

Free day: There will be a rest day offered during the week for personal exploration. There are so many walking options to be considered, or maybe immerse yourself in culture by visiting other areas of Madeira.

  • Funchal is an enjoyable place to stroll around in and take it easy. Perhaps enjoy some souvenir shopping or explore some of its delightful restaurants and cafes for lunch!
  • It is possible to visit some of Madeira’s famous gardens. 
  • Dolphin and whale watching tours are available. 
  • Or maybe sit back and enjoy the hotel's swimming pool and bar area!

Day 8

Farewell

Meals

Breakfast

It’s time to say farewell to Madeira. Take a short transfer to Funchal airport for your return flight to the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

4th Mar 2024 - 11th Mar 2024 (7 Nights)

8th Apr 2024 - 15th Apr 2024 (7 Nights)

23rd Sep 2024 - 30th Sep 2024 (7 Nights)

13th Jan 2025 - 20th Jan 2025 (7 Nights)

3rd Feb 2025 - 10th Feb 2025 (7 Nights)

17th Mar 2025 - 24th Mar 2025 (7 Nights)

15th Sep 2025 - 22nd Sep 2025 (7 Nights)

6th Oct 2025 - 13th Oct 2025 (7 Nights)

10th Nov 2025 - 17th Nov 2025 (7 Nights)

27th Dec 2025 - 3rd Jan 2026 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Funchal Airport
  • Airport transfers by road c. 30 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.


Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel do Carmo

Funchal is a modern city with a dramatic mountainous lush green backdrop. The city is decorated with white and black mosaic footpaths, picturesque colourful squares filled with history and terracotta roofed houses dot the mountainside, making it an attractive place to be. The cable car whisks you high above Funchal for fantastic panoramic views of the rolling city. It is a surprisingly quiet city with winding narrow roads and 500 years of history represented in its museums, churches and gardens. In contrast, it's also an exuberant modern city with water activities, nightlife, docking port and a variety of shops. Most shops, restaurants and other services you may require are within walking distance from the hotel. Its indoor market is a must see! During the winter season, the town can be a little quieter as there may be less tourists and you may find some shops have shorter opening hours.

The Hotel do Carmo is a simple three star 1960's themed city hotel. It is centrally placed in Funchal, not far from the old marina and main resort centre. It is close to buses and cable cars, perfect for this holiday, plus exploration in the evenings and on your free day! The hotels décor has had a trendy refurbishment to be a quirky 1960 design. Facilities include a sun terrace with views of the picturesque old town and impressive Atlantic Ocean. There is an outdoor seating area, a small swimming pool, bar with pool table and a cosy lounge area to relax in. This typical city hotel is simple but ideal for exploring Funchal and our walking programme. 

You stay in twin and double bedded rooms. Single rooms are double for sole use. Rooms are uniquely decorated with photos of various 1960's icons. The furniture is simple and from the 1960's period so you may find antique tills, telephones and stereo's dotted around your room and the hotel! Its quirky décor and unique design may not be to everyone's taste but this hotel has been selected as its location is superb.

Room facilities include:

  • En suite bathrooms
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Free WIFI
  • Hairdryer 
  • A private balcony

Like most hotels in Madeira, rooms do not include tea and coffee making facilities.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a grade 5 walking holiday with full days of walking. Madeira is a mountainous island with peaks rising to around 1870m. The scenery  is very dramatic and the excellent network of footpaths allows access without difficulty. There are several types of paths on Madeira: almost completely flat levada paths which run beside the water channels criss-crossing the island; mountain paths through the central area around Curral das Freiras or the major peaks which can be steep at times; engineered paths, sometimes along cobbled or vehicle tracks, and coastal paths which undulate high above the sea. Walk along the coast, in the mountains, passing villages, waterfalls and enjoying truly magnificent views. Some of the walks along the high peaks are dependant on weather conditions so may not be possible. Some days are half days whereas other days will be full days. Some walks may have optional opt out points, please speak to your leader for more information. The maximum altitude we reach on this holiday is 1,870m. 

To enjoy the walks you need a good head for heights as some paths are very narrow with large drops on one side, and to be prepared for occasional long descents of around 1000m. Although the holiday is a Grade 5 there are some walks that are more like a Grade 6 due to long descents of up to 1,250m. 

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in Portugal

The currency in Portugal is the euro. We recommend you take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM as credit cards may not be accepted in some towns and rural areas so please ensure you always have cash with you.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

Return flights are from London to Funchal Airport. Your transfer from the airport to the hotel in Funchal is by private coach, taking approximately 40 minutes depending on traffic conditions. 

During the week you'll travel by foot, coach, taxis, local buses and cable cars.

If you intend joining and leaving the party in Madeira, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfast and dinners are included in the holiday price. Hotel breakfasts are buffet style and include a variety of dishes such as fresh fruit, salad, yoghurt, cold meats, cereal, eggs, bacon, breads, cake and pastries.

The hotel's perfect location allows you to dine in local restaurants each evening giving us the opportunity to sample the excellent Madeiran cuisine. Enjoy an authentic experience and sometimes lively atmosphere in a traditional restaurant along with local diners. Madeiran dishes are usually created using locally sourced fresh ingredients, and usually consist of soup, meat or fish, vegetables and potatoes. The hotel's central location also means you can enjoy a walk to and from local restaurants for dinner, maybe even venture further for a drink in a local bar afterwards! You can immerse yourself in the local culture and explore more of Funchal! During the quieter winter months, many local restaurants close for the season. Therefore, you may eat in the hotel more and you may eat in the same restaurant more than once as availability of open restaurants could be limited.

Lunches are not included in the holiday price and these can be taken as picnics or in local cafes.

During the festive holidays, enjoy New Years eve in Funchal in local restaurants with a great celebratory atmosphere! Fresh fish and pork are usually the main dishes of traditional festive dinner in Madeira. Keep a look out for the famous Funchal fireworks on New Years Eve!

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Torches / Headtorches

On this holiday you will find it extremely helpful to bring a head torch or hand held torch to assist you.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Portugal

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful. 

Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK. 

Suggested map is 'Madeira Tour and Trail Map - David Brawn. To give you an idea of the walking on offer on Madeira why not take a look at the Trailblazer Madeira Walks book with downloadable GPS tracks and waypoints. Written by Oliver Breda. 

Visit Madeira

Visit Portugal

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Funchal, Madeira Islands by Unravel Travel TV on Youtube. 

Madeira Travel Guide 2020 by Madeira Travel Guide et al.

A Birdwatcher’s guide to Portugal, the Azores and Madeira Archipelagos by Colm Moore

Madeira Walks: Challenging Trails and High Altitude Routes by Shirely and Mike White Head, Rosamund Brawn et al.

Lonely Planet Pocket Madeira by Lonely Planet and Marc Di Duca

BBC 4’s TV programme – Nature Wonderlands: Islands of Evolution see’s Richard Fortey travel to Madeira in episode 3 to examine volcanic islands.

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Portugal

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Portugal. 

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus. 

Dengue fever exists in Portugal; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Portugal

  • Capital

    Lisbon

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Portuguese

  • Time Difference

    UTC, UTC +01:00

  • Flight duration

    3hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 109mm

  • February

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 93mm

  • March

    13°C

    Avg. Rain: 75mm

  • April

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 66mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 52mm

  • June

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 26mm

  • July

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 12mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 16mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 44mm

  • October

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • November

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 111mm

  • December

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 120mm

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