Coming from Spain and sometimes much further away, a wind from the south blows down our Pyrenean valleys, bringing with it the scent of adventure. Hot, and charged with sand from the Sahara, it sweeps over the countryside, leaving a bizarrely golden, strange atmosphere, which awakens the desire to travel. This wind is called La Balaguere .
This is the name we gave to our company on its creation. La Balaguere is born from a simple idea: to share our love of the Pyrenees, to make our living by organizing walking trips. Since then, probably carried by the south wind, we have gone further afield to discover countries where the authenticity of the traditions and of the welcome exists in the present day.
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.
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.
Guaranteed departure from a minimum of 2 people.
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.
You will carry only your thing for the day
3 nights in a hotel in Funchal city centre (equivalent to **), 4 nights in a hotel*** in Jardim do Mar.
Independent walking without a guide. Transfers organized for the walks, and to and from the airport-accommodation.
Mild and temperate most of the year. Oceanic influence, but the latitude ensures that the sun is often present.
Prices per person
685 € / £ 482
695 € / £ 489
3 persons (triple room)
565 € / £ 398
575 € / £ 405
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.