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Walking Madeira's Levadas

8 Day Escorted Walking Tour

Madeira, Europe

Explore the 'Garden Island' of Madeira as you follow its unique Levadas, a network of irrigation channels that wind through lush forests and dramatic mountains. Immerse yourself in vivid floral blooms and verdant greenery as you embark on four spectacular trails, enjoying panoramic views, whitewashed villages and a walking tour of charming Funchal.

2022 Dossier

2023 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in Madeira's lush island vegetation as you follow four of its most popular and scenic Levadas
  • Follow the Levada Ribeiro Frio, arguably Madeira's best-loved Levada trail
  • Trek the coastal path along the lofty cliffs of Cabo Girao, enjoying panoramic ocean views
  • Enjoy a guided walk of the historic and cultural attractions of picturesque Funchal
Number of nights


Day 1
UK to Funchal


Depart London on your scheduled flight to Madeira. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure. Later tonight, celebrate the start of your tour as you join your group for a welcome dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Day 2
Quinta Grande - Average 4-5 hours of walking with breaks, covering 9km

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The magnificent stretch of the Levada do Norte sets today's walking course. The Levada is one of the largest on Madeira, running almost entirely across its length. Its location in southern Madeira allows hikers to soak in the year-round sunshine of this part of the island. Your starting point at the lofty cliffs of Cabo Girao provides panoramic ocean views from the very beginning of the trail before your path winds into a forested area. Observation points along the way offer glimpses of fields, carefully tilled plantations and the rooftops of the Camara de Lobos and Campanario villages below.

Day 3
Ribeiro Frio - Average 4-5 hours of walking with breaks, covering 11km

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Funchal's best-loved Levada, Levada Ribeiro Frio, offers a peaceful and leisurely walk alongside a flowing irrigation canal. As you follow the trail, enjoy diverse sights ranging from spectacular gardens and blooming wild hydrangea to trout ponds and farms. Stop for a packed picnic lunch then continue on your path, keeping an eye out for trout darting through the water as you enjoy the natural heritage and unspoiled tranquillity.

Day 4
Funchal - Average 3 hours of walking with breaks, covering 4km

Breakfast & Dinner

The city of Funchal provides a fascinating mix of history and coastal charm. The older section of the town boasts long-standing monuments dotted along its cobbled streets while its lively seaside promenade offers sun-soaked lidos, beaches and cafes. A guided walking tour of the city centre takes you past the local theatre, the vivid blooms of the Municipal Garden, the age-old cathedral and the statue of Largo do Chafariz. Stop to explore the bustling central market, where stalls are laden with colourful, fresh produce then visit a nearby embroidery factory and browse through skilfully stitched homeware. Explore the city further with an afternoon at leisure

Day 5
Ribeira da Janela - Average 4-5 hours of walking with breaks, covering 10km

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Explore the immense Paul da Serra plateau on today's slightly more challenging walk along the Vereda do Fanal trail. The relative flatness of the plateau allows for far-reaching vistas, with several points along the way revealing views over the valley and even the ocean on clear days. Your route ascends and descends through lush vegetation, ending in the forest of Fanal which lies in a small volcanic crater. Enjoy some time to relax and soak in your wooded surroundings before returning to your hotel.

Day 6
Canical - Average 4 hours of walking with breaks, covering 8km

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today's route leads to Vereda da Ponta de Sao Lourenco, situated on the very eastern point of the island. Marvel at fabulous seascapes and the contrast between the serenity of the southern coastline and the rough waters of the north. Discover unique fauna and flora and the curious rock formations which are a result of the island's volcanic origin. After walking a few miles, your path descends to the water's edge where you can enjoy the quiet and freshness of the turquoise seas, with time to swim and sunbathe.

Day 7

Breakfast & Dinner

Today is free for you to relax, explore Funchal further or set out further afield to visit one of the charming villages nearby.

Day 8
Funchal to the UK


Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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Dates & Prices

Price (per person)
Dates available
June 2022
from £999
Sold Out
6th Jun - 13th Jun
Sold Out
October 2022
from £999
1 Date
10th Oct - 17th Oct
November 2022
from £869
1 Date
21st Nov - 28th Nov


The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Orquidea Hotel
7 nights
Funchal, Madeira
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Tour Reviews

R Thomson

25 Jun 19

Both local guides Emanuel and Elena were very pleasant, knowledgeable and a joy to be with. The choice of walks gave us a real view of Madeira's landscape it was amazing.

Extend Your Tour

Walking Madeiras Levadas with Funchal City Stay

5 Day Extension



Important Information

A visa is not required for your trip to Portugal. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Your flight is to Madeira International Airport Cristiano Ronaldo in Funchal with British Airways (BA) departing from London Heathrow Terminal 5. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding 56cm x 35cm x 22cm in size and one personal item (such as a handbag or laptop case) not exceeding 43cm x 22cm x 25cm. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your final documents. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure. IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. A printed E-ticket is no longer required at check-in, all you need to do is present your passport to the staff at the desk and your boarding pass will be given to you. If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

During this walking holiday, walks will average 4-5 hours daily. Walks are through plain, level areas with some ascents and descents through countryside and forests. Other walks explore valleys and rugged coastal tracks. This holiday requires a reasonable level of fitness. If you are in any doubt as to the tours suitability, please speak to your GP as soon as possible as this is a physical holiday.

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10 and the maximum will be 19. In the unlikely event that there are fewer than 10 passengers booked on your tour date, you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

The currency in Portugal is the Euro (EUR). We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any meals where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Tipping is at your discretion; However, we would recommend approximately 2-3 Euros per day. Tips are accepted in the local currency, however, it is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency that you only pay with notes, as coins cannot be exchanged.