- The Big Walk
Madeira´s Finest Multi-Day Hiking Adventure
Throughout this multi-day hiking expedition we’ll be passing through the most beautiful ridge paths, levada walks, forests, mountains, and the most stunning coastal scenery in Madeira.
We´ll be seeing sunsets, sunrises, moonrises and stargazing throughout the trip.
We´ll be seeing waterfalls, tunnels, rock pools, we´ll be camping, having campsite dinners and breakfasts and also be fine dining in local restaurants to try real, fresh, local food.
We’ll be trekking from spot to spot with the help of our back up vehicle, our Land Rover, so you don’t have to worry about carrying all your stuff!
There’s also loads of little extra surprises!
There’s surfing, scuba diving (with sharks) there are spas in the hotels and even indoor, heated swimming pools!
The Big Walk is an authentic, fully loaded, once in a lifetime, Hit The Road style adventure which you will never forget!
1275€ per person or 1795€ per couple
(price includes transport, accommodation, breakfasts, 2 dinners and guide)
The first day starts with a sunrise above Ponta de São Lourenço followed by a moderate hike to Porto Da Cruz. The hike is about 15 km and is best described as a ridge walk with beautiful views of the northeast coastline of Madeira. A good challenge to get the legs working on day 1!
After enjoying the morning off at Porto Da Cruz, we head up to Portela and set off on a nice, easy hike towards Ribeiro Frio whilst getting deeper into the Laurissilva forest.
Getting deeper into the forest, on day 3 we head out towards one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Madeira. A good day of hiking, more or less 15 kilometres of beautiful natural scenery, tunnels and waterfalls!
Day 4 is all about rest. It’s time to take off the hiking boots, lay by the pool and recover.
The main event. It’s time to get up real early and head off to Pico Ruivo, Madeira’s highest peak, to see the sunrise above the clouds! After that a challenging but beautiful hike to Encumeada, the centre of Madeira. The toughest but certainly most beautiful section of The Big Walk.
Recovering from the previous day’s challenging hike, we sleep in and after lunch set off by Land Rover up to Bica da Cana on a 4×4 expedition! It’s another “active rest” day, with little hiking but lots of adventure. It’s also our camping night and we celebrate with a typical barbecue under the stars of Paul da Serra.
After enjoying a magical sunrise and a delicious campsite breakfast, we start hiking towards Ribeira da Janela via Levada dos Cedros, a beautiful easy walk within the forest. It’s time to casually reach our final destination and enjoy the feeling of achievement after completing The Big Walk!
It’s time to relax, have a swim, eat some limpets and enjoy the sun at Madeira’s famous volcanic rock pools! You’ve earned it!
Your trip includes:
- Accommodation throughout the tour
- Professional mountain guide at all times
- All tour, permit and camp fees
- Sleeping bags (1 night of camping in-between hotel stays)
- All breakfasts and 2 dinners
- All transport during the tour
- Any visa fees
- Airport transfers
- Lunches, snacks and dinners (with 2 exceptions)
We have set up The Big Walk to make it as beautiful, adventurous and authentic as possible but it is not meant to be “easy”. You will not complete the journey without good preparation. If you´re unsure, Level 1 may be the hike for you
The minimum age for the trek is 18.
On day 1 we will pick you up from the capital, Funchal. You need to arrive the day before and organise your own airport transfers and accommodation for that night. We can help you with that.
Waterproofs (pants and jacket)
Backpack (20 litres)
Extra money for lunches, snacks, dinners and drinks.
No, you can carry what you need with you on the day, the rest is transported with our Land Rover to the next location.
We have introduced The Big Walk in the “summer months” where it is warmer in Madeira but we cannot control the weather. Up in the mountains, during the camping days it can get cold (5 – 10 degrees celsius) and of course it can rain during the night or the day. If the weather is not permitting, we will adjust accordingly and make other provisions as to not lose out on the adventure.
On camp days we will be making our own campside breakfasts with fresh, wholesome food to give us energy during the hike. The camping part of the adventure is really special for us and we make sure the food reflects that. The lunches will usually be picnic sandwiches, fruit and energy bars and the dinners will range from campsite barbecues to local restaurants to hotel restaurants to give you a full spectrum of local Madeiran gastronomy.
Nope. There are no snakes, no dangerous animals and no venomous spiders. Madeira is one of the best places in the world to camp!
Our maximum is 10 persons.