South Side “Levadas of the Sun” Hikes on the south coast of Madeira, the company of the ocean, the charms of Funchal and the adorable coastal village Jardim do Mar
The journey in summary
Madeira is a paradise for hikers and especially the south coast with its astonishing network of flowering levadas, its paths through terraced crops and its splendid views of the ocean. It will also be an opportunity to discover the cellars of the famous wine that has contributed to the reputation of the island of Madeira. You can taste “Doce”, “Meio-Doce” and other “Seco” of different ages … Madeira is a good wine, believe us! And if the tastings are not your cup … of wine, the visit of the cellars is not without interest! But you can also admire the vibrant colors of the flower market, and blow in our oceanfront accommodation in Jardim do Mar.
The strong points
- Coastal hikes
- The calm of the lovely village of Jardim Do Mar at the end of your stay
- All transfers included
- Possibility to visit the wine cellars
Arrival in Madeira. Transfer and overnight to Machico.
Transfer time: 20 minutes.
Ponta de Sao Lourenço – Funchal
Transfer to Abra Baia. Hike to the Sao Lourenço point and its multicolored cliffs. North side, a regularly agitated ocean where the waves rush under the overhanging walls; south side, a quiet bay sheltered from the waves, where some coves are within walking distance. Transfer and overnight in Funchal.
Walking time: 4h. Elevation: + 300m / -300m. Transfer time: 40mn.
Funchal – Estreito de Camara de Lobos – Cabo Girao – Jardim do Mar
Free morning to visit Funchal. in the early afternoon, transfer to Estreito de Camara de Lobos, for a hike to Cabo Girao on the Levada do Norte, through the vineyards. The pleasant landscapes invite to take breaks. A small hook to see the highest Cape of Europe, the incredible Cabo Girão is inevitable! Transfer and overnight in Jardim do Mar.
Walking time: 3h. Altitude difference: + 100m. Transfer time: 1h20.
Jardim do Mar – Prazeres – Paul do Mar
Climb amidst banana trees with an ever-greater view of the ocean. Descent by picturesque gorges to the village of Paul do Mar. Possibility of swimming. Short transfer from Paul do Mar and overnight in Jardim do Mar.
Walking time: from 3 to 4 hours. Altitude difference: + 550m / -550m.
Vehicle tour on the west side of the island with Portuguese-speaking driver: Encumeada, Sao Vicente, Seixal, Porto Moniz, Ponta da Pargo and Faja do Ovelha.
The levadas of Rabaçal: Hiking 25 Fountains
Early in the morning, transfer to Rabaçal, village in the heart of unspoiled nature, where many levadas take their source. Refreshing, they succeed each other on several levels, crossing thick forests of heather trees.
Walking time: from 3 to 4 hours. Elevation: + 450m / -150m.
Ponta do Sol – Ribeira Brava
Transfer to Lombada da Ponta do Sol. Departure from the Solar, manor which was for several centuries the most imposing of the island. Peaceful hike through terraced gardens, testimony to the hard work of the Madeiran people. Descent to the seaside town of Ribeira Brava, swimming and visiting the city. Night in Funchal.
Walking time: 4 to 5 hours. Altitude difference: -400m. Transfer time: 30 minutes.
Transfer to Funchal airport. Return flight