Hiking the Isle of Madeira

Historic Levada Trails, Subtropical Forests, and a Legendary Wine

Trip Level

This trip is rated 3+, Moderate to Strenuous. We have five hiking days, varying from 2-7 hours of hiking a day. The 8-hour hike on Day 5 is strenuous; the trail is quite narrow and steep in places, with precipitous drop-offs and a degree of exposure. We travel the island by mini-bus, and the roads are very twisty in some places. The longest single drive is about one hour and 15 minutes.


Two of our hikes are along levadas, where the paths are well maintained and there is minimal altitude gain or loss. Others are on well-defined but rocky trails and involve a few hundred feet of ascent and descent.


Madeira is a subtropical island. The south coast is the warmest and driest area and the mountains, rising to over 6,000 feet, are the coolest and wettest. We can expect pleasant temperatures of 58 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit at the coast, but cooler temperatures up in the mountains. April is the start of the dry season, but rain is always a possibility; the monthly average is two inches.


All our hotels are chosen for their local history and central location. Because some of them are in historic buildings, the rooms may not conform to uniform standards, but we hope you will enjoy them for their charm and local color. Single rooms can be requested, but are not always available, due to the limited space in some of our hotels. If you require a single room, please make the request as early as possible. European single rooms are often smaller than US singles.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

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