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The Big Walk

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The Big Walk
Adults and Couples
Prices to be announced

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 staying in an assortment of accommodations ranging from mountain lodges to coastal rural hotels, each with their own charm and of the best value. We’ll be escaping the crowds and including some of Madeira’s most popular attractions as well as our favourite hidden gems. We’ll be tasting local food and drinks at a variety of different restaurants ranging from fine cuisine to home cooked meals from our guides, Veronica and Jeff.

There’s also loads of little extra surprises,

There’s surfing, scuba diving (optional extras) 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!

 

Dates:

2023 Dates to be announced

 

The Itinerary

Day 1 Ponta de São Lourenço to Porto Da Cruz

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!

DAY 2 Portela to Ribeiro Frio

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.

Day 3 The Caldeirão Verde Waterfall.

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 Off

Day 4 is all about rest. It’s time to take off the hiking boots, lay by the pool and recover.

Day 5 Santana to Pico Ruivo to Encumeada

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.

Day 6 Boaventura to Curral das Freiras

On day 6 we cross over from North to South in one of Madeira’s most iconic paths, Vereda do Urzal. This path was taken by many of the locals who wished to get to Funchal from the northern villages many years ago. It’s one of Madeira’s most beautiful paths, it’s a challenge and according to most of our guests, the most beautiful hike of the trip!

Day 7 Fanal to Ribeira da Janela

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!

Day 8 Rest and Relaxation at Porto Moniz

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!

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