Madeira – Europe’s Hawaii

Madeira, Portugal




8 days

Tour Type

Explore Tour

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Europe’s Hawaii through an exhilarating trekking adventure!

Enjoyment rate on Madeira: 100 %

Traverse scenic trails with stunning vistas, and experience the unique blend of nature and culture that Madeira has to offer. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or a nature enthusiast, Madeira’s trails cater to all levels of expertise.

Join us on a journey filled with awe-inspiring views, vibrant flora, and the invigorating spirit of outdoor exploration.

Tour Plan

Arrival at the Funchal airport. Transfer to the city of Funchal, where we will be accommodated the entire time. Afternoon independent walks around the city or rest.

Driving time: 1 hour

Breakfast. Morning stop at the Cabo Girão cliff viewpoint, where we can see the coast 580 m deep through the glass bottom. In the village of Lombada da Ponta do Sol, 300 m, we will start our circular route through the lavada Moinho (mills) and levada Nova. The path will lead us under waterfalls and through tunnels, so a flashlight is mandatory. Afternoon swimming at Ribeira Brava resort (wild river). Return to Funchal. Overnight stay.

Driving time: 2 hours

Hiking duration: 4 hours

Breakfast. Excursion to the far east of the island. We will walk along the Ponta de São Lourenço cape, which looks quite different from the rest of the island. Afternoon swimming on the Sahara beach at the Machico resort. Return to Funchal. Overnight stay.

Driving time: 2 hours

Hiking duration: 3 hours

Breakfast. We will drive to the top of Pico do Arierio 1818 m, where we will start our full day hiking. A picturesque mountain path between volcanic peaks will lead us to Madeira's highest peak, Pico Ruivo, 1862 m. After refreshments, we will go down to the other side. We will also need headlamps for the journey. We continue to Santana, which is famous for its colorful thatched houses. Return to Funchal. Overnight stay.

Driving time: 3 hours

Hiking duration: 6-7 hours

Breakfast. A day to explore the western part of the island. Today, the levadas on Madeira form a network of water channels approx. 1400 km long, and we will also walk through the autochthonous Laurissilva growth. Following the panoramic route, we will descend to the resort of Porto Muniz on the north coast of the island, where there will be time to swim in the natural lava pools, visit the aquarium, have a snack, drink or take a walk. On the way, we will also stop at a traditional Madeiran bar, where we will be served the local drink 'poncha'. Return to Funchal. Overnight stay.

Driving time: 2 hours

Hiking duration: 2-3 hours

Breakfast. From the Paul de Serra plateau, we will go to one of the most popular levadas, namely the levada of 25 springs. Are we really going to count 25? This is followed by a visit to the Risco waterfall 100 m. Return via the hamlet of Rabacal, where you can have refreshments. We will also hike through a longer tunnel, so a flashlight will be desirable. Since Madeira is (was) an island of sugar cane, we cannot do without a tour of the rum distillery, followed by a tasting. Return to Funchal. Overnight stay.

Driving time: 2 hours

Hiking duration: 5 hours

Breakfast. A free day to visit the capital Funchal or a trip to the nearby island of Porto Santo. In Funchal, you can visit the lively Mercado dos Lavradores market; Se Cathedral; botanical garden; old City center; the monument, museum and CR7 hotel of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo; Madeira Story Museum; electricity museum; we go up to Monte with a gondola, where we can go on an adrenaline ride with a wooden sled and much more. Overnight stay.

Breakfast or lunch package. One last panoramic drive across Madeira to the airport.

Driving time: 1 hour


  • Meet & greet at the Madeira Airport by our driver
  • Return airport transfer and transfers every day for the tours
  • 7 x accommodation in a hotel 3* in Funchal
  • 7 x half-board basis  in twin or double rooms with tourist tax included
  • Local trekking or tourist guide for the tours - we can try to get the guide that speaks your language!
  • Organization and taxes


  • Single room in a hotel – cca 40 €/per person per night
  • Tips or gratitude
  • Heath and travel insurance that covers trekking
  • Flights or tour extensions
  • Food and drinks during the trekking, personal expenses, and souvenirs.

Other Information

Trip Information

During the trekking on Madeira (Island of Portugal), you are accommodated in a 3*** star hotel in Funchal city – the capital city of the archipelago – in double or twin rooms.

A single-room supplement is not obligatory unless you want a room for yourself; otherwise, we find you a same-sex roommate. Triple rooms are possible to arrange on request. We stay the whole duration of the tour in the same hotel, so you can skip a day if you want.

Our Izimanija team member or driver will wait for you outside Madeira International Airport (Cristiano Ronaldo Airport) and take you to the accommodation in Funchal city. All land transports within the program are already included in the price. For smaller groups, we use taxis/cars/vans and for bigger groups minibuses/buses, private.

Food and drinks
Our hotel serves delicious food. Both breakfast and dinner are served at the hotel, to be sure you get enough energy for everyday walking. For hikes by day, you can buy some things you like at the nearby supermarket or enjoy snacks in local cafes where available.

Health and Safety
You need to have your health insurance that covers trekking with you.
Some sections are far from the closest roads, so eventual rescuing is not an easy job. Please consult with your doctor before coming.

Madeira (Portuguese island) is generally a safe destination and the local people we work with are very trustworthy.

Tips and money
The official currency in Portugal is the euro EUR. Payments by credit cards are mostly accepted, but there are some places where they accept cash only.

For an appreciation of the staff, you can always tip them.

Equipment and luggage
We send you the equipment list once you apply for the tour. Usual hiking gear is required for safe walking in Madeira.

As we stay at the same hotel the entire week, you only take a daily pack with you on the day trip.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

750 €/ person at the time of booking; the rest must be paid 30 days before the tour starts.

For cancellations more than 30 days before arrival we keep 700 € per person; for cancellations 29-15 days before arrival we keep 950 € per person; for later cancellations or no-show we keep the full amount.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to pack?

The equipment list we send to you once you sign in for the tour.

Hiking boots and sun protection are must-haves. Snow on Pico del Teide can occur in winter months but usually lasts only for a couple of days.

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