If you are looking at this one week holiday why not make your stay two weeks by joining us on Complete Madeira?
If you have a passion for walking, a strong affinity for heights, and haven't yet had the pleasure of experiencing the beauty of Madeira, then you're in for an unforgettable holiday.
The name "Madeira" in Portuguese means wood, aptly reflecting the island's lush forests that sprawl across the island. Madeira is the perfect walker’s island, with an extensive network of well maintained footpaths through very varied terrain. Renowned for its iconic levada footpaths, these trails run alongside water channels that cut through the island's rugged mountains, connecting the relatively wet northern half to the comparatively dry southern regions and supplying water to the island's most populated areas of Madeira.
As you venture along the coast, you'll be greeted by subtropical vegetation featuring banana palms and apple trees. On the terraced slopes, agapanthus and an array of vibrant flowers, including hydrangeas and bird of paradise plants add a burst of colour to the surroundings. Ascending higher, you'll encounter forests of laurisilva before the peaks pushing towards 2000m, offering panoramic views that stretch across the island and beyond to the Atlantic. Madeira has a comfortable all year-round climate, making it the ideal walkers paradise.
Your holiday starts in the little visited village of Porto Moniz, in the far northwest, with its sheltered harbour where a mass of pointed reefs provide unique natural bathing pools. This hidden little gem receives so few visitors due to its remoteness, so your exploration here is unique and special. Your exploration here is truly exceptional, offering a distinct and enchanting experience. The walks in this region are unlike any other on the island.
Your second base is set on the serene South Coast, in the peaceful town of Ponta do Sol, nestled between two mountains and known for being one of the sunniest spots on Madeira.
If you possess an adventurous spirit and a penchant for heights, Madeira will undoubtedly captivate your heart.