South coast of Madeira: "The Levadas under the sun"

Madeira From 495 € £ 348
Self guided  |  Walking holidays
8 days – 7 nights – 5 days walking Code : DR2JARD Level of difficulty :
StandardLuggage transport assured

Walking on the southern coast of Madeira, in the company of the ocean, the charms of Funchal and the lovely coastal village of Jardim do Mar.

At a glance

It is mainly in Funchal where the famous wine cellars, which have contributed to the fame of the island of Madeira, can be found. Here you can enjoy "Doce", "Meio-Doce" and "Seco" of different ages ... Madeira has good wine, you can believe us! And if tastings are not your cup.... of wine! Simply a visit to the cellars is not without interest. But you can also admire Cathedral Se, and the vivid colors of the flower market ... With regard to the walking, the Levada dos Tornos crosses Camacha, an area full of "folklore." Pico do Ariero reveals a splendid panorama, around Jardim do Mar the Levada in flower competes in beauty with the Levada of Rabaçal, lost in the mountains. Jardim, a beautiful little village at the edge of the ocean, will be your second and final base camp, ideal for finding "space to breathe".

The plus points

• a route which is feasible all year round
• the quiet of a small coastal village at end of stay
• all transfers are included, and organized by us.
 

Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Funchal, settle in for a stay of 2 nights.
 
Day 2: Transfer to Quatro Estradas, on the east coast, for a hike along the Levada da Serra to Camacha. 4h to 5h, with a little gradient.
 
Day 3: Transfer to Estreito de Camara de Lobos, for a hike to the Campanario Levada do Norte, through vineyards and gorgeous scenery. 5h to 6h. +200 m. 
 
Day 4: Jardim do Mar, climb through the banana trees and then descend to Paul do Mar by an old paved path through the gorges. Settle in for 4 nights in Jardim. 3-4 h, + 550m / -550m.
 
Day 5: Visit of the western parts of the Island with a driver.
 
Day 6: Transfert in the mountains to Rabaçal, in the heart of unspoiled nature. The refreshing Levadas interspersed with thick forests of heath trees. 5h, + 250m / -250m.
 
Day 7: Transfert to Lombada da Ponta do Sol and a hike among vegetable gardens. Descent to Ribeira Brava. You can make a tour in city or go for a swim.  Transfert and night in Funchal. 4h to 5h -400m.
 
Day 8: Transfer to the airport.

DEPARTURE CONDITIONS

Guaranteed departure from a minimum of 2 people.

LEVEL 

Walking 4 to 6 hours with cumulative elevations (gain/loss) from 100 to 500 metres. Paths sometimes a little airy, often along the "Levadas" (channels), but without technical difficulty.

LUGGAGE

You will carry only your thing for the day

ACCOMODATION

3 nights in a hotel in Funchal city centre (equivalent to **), 4 nights in a hotel*** in Jardim do Mar.

ORGANISATION

Independent walking without a guide. Transfers organized for the walks, and to and from the airport-accommodation. 

CLIMATE

Mild and temperate most of the year. Oceanic influence, but the latitude ensures that the sun is often present.

Prices per person  A period B period
2 persons  685 € / £ 482 695 € / £ 489
3 persons (triple room) 565 € / £ 398 575 € / £ 405 
4 persons 495 € / £ 348 535 € / £ 376
single room extra charge 165 € / £ 116 165 € / £ 116

A period : from January 10 to Febuary 28 and from November 1 to December 18. 

B period : from December 19 to January 9 and from March 1 to October 30. 

DEPARTURE DATES : at your convenience from 01/12/2014 to 31/12/2015.

 

The package includes

Local assistance, 7 nights half board except for the dinner Day 1, transfers included in the program, 1 guidebook with topo-guide and maps.
 

The package does not include

Flights, drinks, lunch, dinner Day 1,  booking fees and insurance.
 

The price in Pound Sterling might be modified due to exchange rate changes. 

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