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Self-guided Sunrise Hike from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

1. Self-guided Sunrise Hike from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

Enjoy an affordable and comfortable transfer to Pico do Areeiro to enjoy a sunrise or morning Hike all the way to Achada do Teixeira (10 km). Don't worry about transportation and enjoy pickup and drop-off at your accommodation. Experience the nº 1 hike on Madeira Island, Pico Do Areeiro to Pico Ruivo (PR 1). This concept is specially designed for self-guided hikers, where you have the freedom to walk at your own rhythm. After the sunrise, the hike takes place. You will experience the most amazing views, in the middle of the highest mountains (up to 1800m). The end of the hike and pick-up location is at Achada do Teixeira, in the parking lot area. On the way back to your accommodation, you will pass through the city of Santana, which is famous for its triangular typical houses. It's very important to know that the weather conditions are very unpredictable in this part of the island, so your reservation could be canceled or postponed due to aggressive weather conditions. The sunrise is also not guaranteed, due to weather conditions that may occur. You will be contacted within 48 hours before the hike.

Hike Madeira: Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

2. Hike Madeira: Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo

The sun rises over your hotel as you set out on your walking tour adventure. Leaving from the comforts of your room in Funchal on the Madeira Islands, we'll drive you up to the third highest peak in Madeira - the magnificent Pico Arieiro. You'll sip coffee or a drink on your way up to the base of the peak, looking out at all the stunning beauty this place has to offer. As we head from sea level up to the base at 5,964ft (1818m), you'll pass beautiful flora and fauna. Finally, we'll begin our mighty walk up the mighty Pico Arieiro up to the highest point on the island, the Pico Ruivo peak at 6107 ft (1862m). Finally, we'll walk down to Teixeira where you'll be comfortably transferred back to your hotel. And of course, no day of hiking is complete without a drink at a traditional bar, so we'll make sure to stop at one with a spectacular view to enjoy the closing of your day!

Madeira Walks - Rabaçal and the 25 Fountains

3. Madeira Walks - Rabaçal and the 25 Fountains

Discover the waterfalls of Rabaçal on this guided hike. Enjoy hotel pickup and drop-off in an airconditioned bus from several points on the island of Madeira. Immerse yourself in the unique flora and fauna of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and sit back and relax on the drive to the Rabaçal reserve. Follow your guide on a trail of intense natural beauty that is brimming with waterfalls. Pass by 25 natural springs which fall into a small crystal clear lake that is surrounded by dense vegetation. Listen to the falling water and the chirping of birds. Return to your accommodation by bus at the end of your tour.

Madeira Day Trip: Levada Walk in the Rabaçal Valley

4. Madeira Day Trip: Levada Walk in the Rabaçal Valley

Depart Funchal and journey to the start of your walk, where you will follow the routes of the "levada" irrigation system developed in the 16th century by Madeira's first settlers. Descend from the plateau of Paul da Serra to the Rabaçal guesthouse and walk to the waterfall of the Levada do Risco. Continue towards the Levada das 25 Fontes, dominated by moorland at its highest point. Walk until you reach a small lagoon at the bottom of an enormous cliff, and marvel at the sight of 25 natural springs cascading into the lake. Return along a different path, passing through a tunnel that carries water to the south of the island. Admire a wide variety of endemic flora and fauna along the way.

From Funchal: Madeira Peaks Mountain Walk

5. From Funchal: Madeira Peaks Mountain Walk

Hike through the three highest peaks in Madeira. See rock formations that look like giant sculptures stretching towards heaven. Get breathtaking views on almost every step of your journey. Discover a profusion of unique plants and fragile flowers in their natural habitat, and be dazzled by the myriad colors in the springtime. Walk through Madeira's oldest heather forest near Pico Ruivo, and see ancient trees that were alive when Zarco landed on Madeira for the first time. Admire the peak of Pico Ruivo, famous as the highest point on the island and known for its views from coast to coast.

Levada Walk and Caldeirao Verde Waterfalls: Madeira

6. Levada Walk and Caldeirao Verde Waterfalls: Madeira

Madeira offers untold beauty, friendly locals, and incredible "Levada" or irrigation channels that lead directly to the Atlantic Ocean. Today, you will explore these levadas with your guide. Starting from Queimadas Forestall Park, you will wander through lush vegetation and charming stone pathways deep into the forest. Along the way, you will pass by incredible views of Santana and São Jorge, and even have a chance to snap some pictures of the Verde lagoon and waterfall. Your 4.5-hour walk takes you through a diverse landscape of flora and fauna, and your guide will help you make sense of the varieties of life around here. Your trip will be well guided, and we even have torches and walking sticks to make your trek more pleasant. Once we reach the Caldeirão Verde waterfall, we will have a 30 minute picnic in this idyllic landscape before returning back to the starting point.

Madeira: Rabaçal Valley and Fountains of Levada Guided Walk

7. Madeira: Rabaçal Valley and Fountains of Levada Guided Walk

Begin your half-day tour with a drive before starting your levada walk at Paúl da Serra in the area of Rabaçal. Enjoy the amazing waterfalls and springs as you soak up your beautiful surroundings. On the walk, observe the Valley of Rabaçal with your mountain guide. Visit a fantastic waterfall before going down to the Levada of 25 Fountains. Along this levada, keep your eye out for a great variety of plants native to Madeira. Head to the waterfall of the Levada of 25 Fountains, and admire its pond.

Serra de Água Valley Levada Walk

8. Serra de Água Valley Levada Walk

Experience the natural beauty of the Serra de Água valley on a 5km guided walk through one of the most beautiful places on earth. Along the way, you’ll be able to enjoy views of the south coast, Encumeada, Ribeira Brava and Campanário. Your route on this half-day program will take in the most scenic landscapes of Madeira’s 65km-long levada. The walk is an easy and pleasant one. You’ll be able to see a wide variety of flora and fauna native to the area. This is a unique opportunity to soak up the natural beauty of the central region of the island.

From Funchal: Ponta de São Lourenço/Caniçal Full-Day Hike

9. From Funchal: Ponta de São Lourenço/Caniçal Full-Day Hike

Join a tranquil walk along a trail at the eastern end of the island in Caniçal, part of the Natural Park of the island. On this full-day walk, take the opportunity to see both the north and south coasts of Madeira. Discover and enjoy the unique fauna and flora, including hundreds of species, or take a moment to explore the curious rock formations, created as a result of the volcanic origin of the island. Witness the rocky and contrasting alternative to the evergreen levada paths. Enjoy magnificent views over the Desertas islands in the south, and Porto Santo to the north, excellent sights which are present all through your walk.  At the end of the walk, take the chance to go for a swim in the clear ocean, making your tour a unique and memorable experience.

Madeira East Island Tour and Levada Walk

10. Madeira East Island Tour and Levada Walk

This tour of the east side of Madeira island is designed to show guests how truly magical it is. Come and be awed by its spectacular beauty. To begin the day, pick-up is from the hotel at 8:00 to 9:00. The first stop will be at a viewpoint above Funchal. Continue to Camacha, famous for its beautiful wicker works, and stop to have a look around and then take a scenic drive up to Poiso where the start of the Laurissilva forest can be found. After this, make your way to the majestic views of Pico do Arieiro. Pico do Arieiro is the third highest peak on the island, standing 1818 meters. Next is what some consider to be the most beautiful spot on the island, Ribeiro Frio. Here you will visit a trout farm and do a levada walk to the Balcões. Following the walk, make your way to Santana to see its famous A-framed cottages and then continue along the northern coastal road to Faial. Stop for lunch in the northern part of the island. After lunch, carry on to the eastern part of the island, to the famous viewpoint of Pico do Facho. From here you will have incredible views of Ponta de São Lourenco, Machico and the airport. On a good day one can see the Desertas Islands as well Porto Santo, the small island adjacent to Madeira. The last stop will be a famous viewpoint above Machico. You will arrive back to Funchal by 17:00.

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What people are saying about Funchal

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,082 reviews

It was our first tour on Madeira and we were amazed by the incredibly green nature in some rugged rock formations. Crossing the tunnels was a bit adventurous. The route was a little busy, probably due to the holiday. Our guide did a good job, but unfortunately didn't pay attention to the cohesion of the group on the way back, because our goal wasn't to get back to the bus as quickly as possible, but to take a closer look at one or the other on the way back.

Not the best day for hiking as it was quite cloudy when we went but still got some great views in clear patches. The guide was excellent and the group went at a very nice pace. The hike wasn't as strenuous as I thought it would be but there was some steep staircases at the end and a steady incline.

Logan was fantastic, very responsive and actively helpful administration. Pedro was a brilliant tour guide for the journey there and back, loved the additional touring we did and I for once enjoyed the tour information, great guy.

Great people, with good updates on the hike situation, pickup and drop off. Super helpful in giving recommendations, clear instructions on the hike, and just really nice overall experience.

Great service, excellent people. The hike was lovely