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Levada Trails Of Madeira TM

Trip Duration 8 Days

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Levada Trails Of MadeiraScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 71 reviews
(10 out of 10)


Benny was a great tourguide - full of enthusiasm and an ambassador for Madeira. Loved his personal restaurant recommendations and the impromptu dried fish & Madeiran wine cellar tour. My favourite walk was up yhe Pico Ruivo. I'd recommend walking poles as there was a lot of steep downhill decents. The improvement I would make is having a free day in the middle of the tour, rather than in Funchal as you can book earlier or later flights. After three days strenous walking it would have been good to have a free day to give your legs a rest!
Confirmed traveller: 11 February 2017
Published on: 14 February 2017
(9 out of 10)


A very enjoyable week with our excellent guide Benny. He is very informative and enthusiastic about his island - and he has a great sense of humour. The group got on well together, helped both by Benny and by prodigious quantities of Portuguese wine.
All the hotels were fine with the exception of the one in Porto Muniz where the staff ranged from indifferent to downright unfriendly.
Some of the walks could have been a bit longer/more challenging, I think.
Best walk - Pico Ruivo. Best hotel - Paul do Mar.
Confirmed traveller: 11 February 2017
Published on: 13 February 2017
(10 out of 10)


I thought the tour was fantastic .It far exceeded my expectations. Each day the walk we undertook was suitably challenging and varied in its nature. Although there was no particular walk which was "the best " ,we did do a walk on day 4 in the centre of Maderia ,which replaced the scheduled walk up Pica du Arieiro.It was absolutely fabulous and when we emerged onto the top of the ridge ,the views were simply breathtaking. The accommodation offered in all hotels were great ,however a step above the rest was the Hotel Paul du Ma and the outside pool was fantastic.Two meals that Jenny organised were particularly good .The first was the meal in the bar outside the Hotel du Mar - the fire scorched Makeral was delicious .The second on at the Marine Biologist,s house was also amazing - it was just lovely to be in his house ,as well as great food The part of the holiday which most exceeded expectations was our guide Jenny. She was fabulous- from being highly organised to being emphathetic to everyone's needs she made sure that everything ran very smoothly .Most noticibly though was her in depth knowledge of many of the aspects of Maderia ,including culture,nature and history .Thanks Jenny we really enjoyed your company. We stayed an extra 2 days after the tour had finished and whilst we enjoyed it ,the Explore tour definetly gave us a less commercial and more authentic view of Madeira.We will rave about this holiday to our friends!
Confirmed traveller: 17 October 2016
Published on: 23 October 2016
(7 out of 10)


Wells, Somerset
Overall it was quite a good trip, but what was very disappointing was that of the five walks, only two were on the Levadas. The reason I booked this trip was that the title said Levada Trails, but this is such a misrepresentation of the trip. It should be entitled 'Walks in Madeira' or 'Walks and Levada Trails.' If I had known it was mostly walking up and down some very steep hills, I would not have gone on this trip. It has put me off doing another walking holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 08 October 2016
Published on: 16 October 2016
(10 out of 10)


Highlights : Porto Monitz,Santana. The levadas .
Amazing group dinners .
Great group all got on well !
Benny : our tour leader .
Professional ,informative ,calm and a great sense of humour .
More walking days !
Confirmed traveller: 01 October 2016
Published on: 11 October 2016
(10 out of 10)



Wonderful balance between Hiking and relaxation. Inspired accommodation based around the island minimising a daily commute between hotel and walks that provided an delightful insight into regional climate and cultures.

Our tour guide Filipe possessed excellent local knowledge stimulating opportunities to discover local customs and community lifestyles incl. drink/food/places/things to do.
Confirmed traveller: 01 October 2016
Published on: 08 October 2016
(8 out of 10)


Halstead, Essex
Madeira is very special and this holiday allows you to see much of it. Staying in four different places was a definite bonus and the hotels just seemed to get better and better.
Ours was a small group of just seven and we got on very well but I was impressed by the way Felipe, our guide, worked to help the group gel. It was also very nice indeed that Paul, our driver, who spoke such excellent English, felt such a part of the group. All in all, it was a lot of fun.

I didn't feel very fit and would have preferred a bit more of a build up to the most challenging walk which was also our last one. Walk 1 was a great introduction to the geology of the island and just about the right level. Walk 2 is the classic laurel forest walk and also a good level. Walk 3 felt rather short but replaced a walk made unviable by the recent fires - and anyway - it rained that morning. Walk 4 was just a little too easy and didn't make the most of the island's dramatic scenery, flora or geology. Walk 5 is an absolute must but I still struggled a bit.

A hat or cap is a must, ideally with a chin strap.
Confirmed traveller: 01 October 2016
Published on: 04 October 2016
(10 out of 10)


Madeira is beautiful and the walks covered several different environments: from lush mini-rainforests to caves and mountains. Our tour lead, Bennie, was fabulous throughout - entertaining, informative and good company. He took us to some great local restaurants we would not have found ourselves, and the food was delicious: empetadas, scabbard fish, and tuna... to name a few of my favourites! The group was a great mix of characters and we had a lot of interesting conversations and fun. An opportunity to stay in one of the smaller towns along the coast would have been a nice opportunity to experience local hospitality, but all in all this was an excellent trip!
Confirmed traveller: 24 September 2016
Published on: 01 October 2016
(9 out of 10)


staveley, cumbria
very well organised. no complaints at all. If anything I think the trips could be a bit more adventurous
Confirmed traveller: 24 September 2016
Published on: 28 September 2016
(9 out of 10)


London W5
Extremely well organised both by Explore and on the ground by wonderful guide Felipe Gomes. Great walking, lovely small group, awesome scenery - Madeira a wonderful island with vg food & v friendly people. Can't wait to go back.
Confirmed traveller: 17 September 2016
Published on: 16 October 2016