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Great Treks of the West - Hotel to Hotel Trek Self Guided walking holiday - Click here to find out more about Self Guided walking holidays 

Trekking

A chance to visit the enticing and less populated Western region of Madeira offering both coastal and mountain walking. Stay in just three hotels starting high in the mountains progressing to a small coastal village in the north-west and finishing on an impressive cliff-top location with fine views of the south-west coast. Your route follows coastal and mountain paths and delightful levadas winding their way around dramatic hillsides. You will be rewarded with stunning vistas of the varying landscape of this side of the island.

The Walking

All the paths are sound underfoot with a mixture of levada, coastal and mountain path walking. There are tunnels to pass through (torch required). Having a head for heights is an advantage. Some days have long fairly steep descents.

Self Guided

We provide detailed walking notes and a contoured map of the island showing paths and tracks. Walk at your own pace and linger at whichever of the many viewpoints you wish.

Baggage Transfer

Your luggage is transported for you from hotel to hotel so you can then travel with day rucksacks. Some days you are taken to the start of a walk and/or collected at the end. These transfers are included in the price.

Walk Grading

Self-guided – Moderate due to the descending. Total for standard week ignoring variations:- Ascent 1870m, Descent 4570m, 45.5 miles.

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Great Treks of the West

The hotels are all comfortable family run establishments and have been chosen for their friendliness as much as their comfort and location. You commence in a 3* hotel move to a 3* “residencial” and finish in a 4* hotel. They will offer a delicious Madeiran evening meal as well as breakfast. All rooms will be with private bathroom and WC. We will advise on the best place to obtain a picnic.

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Day 1 Arrive in Madeira and transfer (1 hour) to your first hotel in Encumeada. Take time to acclimatise to the height and weather by walking around the surrounding area.

Day 2 A transfer to the start of your first day’s walk which provides some fine vistas of mountain scenery, with dramatic views across to the central range of Pico de Arieiro, Pico dos Torres, Pico Ruivo and Pico Grande, as well as the Ribeira Brava and Sao Vicente valleys. There is some good easy walking alongside levadas and a small deviation to the summit of Bica da Cana at 1620m can be taken early in the route. You walk back to your hotel at Encumeada. 

Ascent: 200m. Descent: 700m. Distance: 8 miles. Time: 4 hours 45 mins

Day 3 After a short transfer this walk follows a long ridge downhill to the sea, mainly alongside Levada do Lombo do Mouro and reveals panoramic views over the Ribeira Brava valley. Transfer back to your hotel at Encumeada. 

Ascent: 0m. Descent: 1240m. Distance: 6.25 miles. Time: 3 hours 30 mins.

Day 4 Another transfer to your start point. Today you walk through the valley of Ribeira da Janela one of the most unspoilt landscapes of the island and obtain increasing views of its extent and beauty as you progress up the Levada da Janela. You walk to your hotel in Porto Moniz. 

Ascent: 200m. Descent: 600m. Distance: 8.75 miles. Time: 3 hours 30 mins.

Day 5 A short transfer to the start of this shorter walk. You have time to savour the surroundings in more detail. You start with a dramatic coastal descent and ascent walk through Santa (a typical Madeiran village with bars to quench your thirst) and descend steeply to your hotel in Porto Moniz.

Ascent: 350m. Descent: 750m. Distance: 5 miles. Time: 4 hours 30 mins.

Day 6 Transfer towards the centre of the island today on a walk which takes you to two dramatic waterfalls! You walk mostly on levadas and you go through one tunnel. The vegetation is lush and evergreen throughout, with panoramic views down the Ribeira da Janela. You are picked up and transferred to your hotel near Prazeres.

Ascent: 400m. Descent: 900m. Distance: 7 miles. Time: 3 hours 30 mins. 

Day 7 This is a five star route on the southwest coast, starting with an exhilarating descent spiraling down to the fishing village of Paul do Mar. With the ocean clearly in your sight, you then climb through Faja da Ovelha to the Levada Nova for a winding return to Prazeres and your hotel. The vegetation is luxuriant throughout, both on the volcanic cliffs of the descent, the cliff side ascent, and alongside the levada on the return. 

Ascent: 720m. Descent: 380m. Distance: 10.5 miles. Time: 6 hours 30 mins. 

Day 8 If not on an early flight enjoy the facilities of the hotel before being transferred to the airport (1 hour).

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Available year round except November, December and January.



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Madeira is well served with flights from the UK there are flights from most major airports. Transfers between the airport and the hotel are included in the price.

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Great Treks of the West

Included:

·         7 nights accommodation with half board*

·         Transfers between Funchal airport and first/last trek hotels

·         Baggage transfers between hotels (1 bag per person @20kg)

·         Additional people transfers as indicated in the itinerary

·         Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

*Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Optional:

  • ‘With flights’ includes typical flight prices* from London to Funchal (exact prices for your dates are available on request)
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Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

Please note these prices may differ from our current brochure price list and are the current correct prices

All prices valid for 2017/18

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on 7 nights half board in a shared twin/double standard room.  

Dates

7 nights half board

With Flights

7 nights half board

Own International Flights

Extra  Night per person

Single Supplement per night

02 Sep – 31 Oct

830

635

POA

26*

01 Nov – 25 Apr

784

589

POA

26*

26 Apr – 29 Jun

830

635

POA

26*

30 Jun – 01 Sep

884

689

POA

26*

* If at least 2 people travelling.  If only one traveller supplements will apply to cover sole cost of baggage and car transfers.

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