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The "Levada" Self-guided Trek (Madeira Island, Portugal)
Madeira open-air botanical garden – a true paradise for nature lovers.
You can find weekly return flight ticket around 90 pounds!
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A “levada” is a canal, which takes the water down from the rainy mountains to the dry lowlands where it is used for irrigation. Canals that last for hundreds of kilometers built centuries ago and still well maintained. The first “levadas” date back to the 15th century and the whole “levada”- network is around 2150 km long. The paths along the “levadas” take you through unspoilt nature, scenic landscapes, gorges, luxuriant banana groves, vineyards, pitch-dark tunnels and ancient pine forests.
♦ Machico Was the first point of landing in Madeira for the discoverers - It has a fascinating landscape, with its high mountains and deep valleys covered by exotic vegetation and colourful flowers;
♦ Madeira Natural Park - It is in the exuberance of the landscape that if finds one of the greater tourist attractive of Madeira Island;
♦ Levada de Serra - One of the most fascinating features of Madeira is the vast network of open-air water canals that cover the island bringing water from the mountains to the plantations below.
Day 1. Funchal Airport - Machico
Arrival at Funchal Airport. Transfer to Machico Madeira’s second largest town is situated in a green valley between the slopes of Ribeira do Machico. Accommodation in hotel in the charming old quarter.
Day 2. Machico - Ribeiro de Machico
An easy walking tour north from Machico up to Pico de Facho with a “vigia” – a viewpoint from the 17-th century. Spectacular view over Machico and all the way to Ponta de Sao Lourenco in the east. From there we walk along by the side of Levada do Canical – a relatively new irrigation channel – from its point of emergence from a 750m long tunnel all the way to its source near Ribeira de Machico. Transfer back to Machico. Overnight in a hotel.
Walking distance: 12km; walking time: 4hrs; uphill/downhill walking 400/50m.
Day 3. Monte to Camacha
Transfer from Machico up to Monte, famous summer resort from the 19th c. Monte’s main attractions are its tropical garden (where a short sightseeing is more than recommended), the white church of Nossa Senhora do Monte with its beautiful garden and the wickerwork sleighs on which you can slide down to Funchal. From Monte you follow for a while the Levada dos Tornos and then you climb up to join the Levada da Serra at an altitude of 750 m. We follow it around the head of the Valley of Paradise to Camacha where you will be transferred to Santo da Serra. Overnight in Santo da Serra.
Walking distance: 12,5km; walking time: 5hrs; uphill walking 200m.
Day 4. Camacha - Santo da Serra
Transfer from Santo da Serra to Camacha where you walk along by the green side of Levada de Serra at an altitude of about 800 m. Beautiful view over the long and very narrow Ponta de Sao Lourenco peninsula – Madeira’s most eastern point, expects you there. The walk ends in the village of Santo da Serra where you stay overnight in hotel. Before dinner you can make a short stroll in the local botanical garden.
Walking distance: 14km; walking time: 5hrs; uphill/downhill walking 100/150m.
Day 5. Santo da Serra - Santana
Walk Santo da Serra to Ribeiro Frio. Today you follow the Levada do Furado up into the wild forested hills of
the Madeira Natural Park, with magnificent views at a number of points, but not a walk for severe sufferers of
vertigo. There are many places where the levada path is narrow with big drops to one side, these are however
mostly thick with trees and bushes helping to reduce the feeling of exposure. At Ribeiro Frio (Cold Stream,
850m above the sea) you are met and transferred to Santana, a village set on a plateaux 400m/1300 feet above
the north coast. (Transfer included in tour price). Overnight Santana. The pick up at Ribeiro Frio will be
between 16.00 and 16.30. Note that today you do need to carry an adequate lunch and some spare food.
Walking time: 6hrs; uphill walking 200m.
Day 6. Achada do Teixeira - Encumeada
Drive to Achado near the famous Homem em Pe rock. From there it’s about an hour easy climb to Madeira’s highest peak - Pico Ruivo (1862m). You descend to Encumeada along a high ridge with breath-taking views on both sides. This is a strenuous walk, only for experienced hikers as it ends with numerous steep steps, which can be very hard on the knees. Overnight in hotel in Encumeada.
Walking distance: 14km; walking time: 6hrs; uphill/downhill walking 300/800m.
Day 7. Encumeada - Corticeiras - Funchal
A scenic walk across the lush green valley of Ribeira do Poco, sprinkled with the traditional thatched cowsheds, and up to the viewpoint of Fenda do Ferreiro. An old track – part of the ancient main road running north-south across the heart of the island, known as the Mountain Garden. From Corticeiras there is a regular bus service to Funchal, where your luggage will be waiting for you. Overnight in Funchal.
Walking distance: 16km; walking time: 6hrs; uphill/downhill walking 250/500m.
Day 8. Departure
Transfer to the airport. (approx. 30min).
Luggage transportation: Luggage is taken care throughout the whole journey, and so are the transfers from place to place as specified above.
Included in the price: ►pick up/drop off transfers to Funchal airport ► private transfers (days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) ► luggage transfers ► accommodation 2 nights at 4**** hotels, 5 nights at 3*** hotels with breakfast included and 3 evening meals (Days 3, 4 & 6)► detailed roadbook and map in English;
Not included: ►flight tickets► alcohol drinks► personal expenses► tickets for public transport not mentioned above ►If you break the trip plan you pay on your own the extra expenses for transport and accommodation.
Other expenses: Single room supplement: 100 pounds; solo departure fee (on top of the basic price): coming soon!
Prectical information: It is a good idea to take a daypack, lunchpack, hat, sun glasses and sunscreen lotion. Light hiking shoes with good sole for wet/slippery parts along the road (sometimes it is very humid above 500m a.s.l. and the rocky “levada” banks may be slippery, which can cause danger in the steep parts of the gorges). See General in the trip dossier for the full list with recommended items.
Gran Canaria, the 100 Valleys’ Island
Discover the Island's wonderful nature, the villages in the mountains, the local people hospitality, the gastronomy, the local culture. Experience the spectacular Guayadeque Valley, the Charming Tejeda, Agaete fishing village, You will enjoy walking routes to some of the most beautiful natural places of Gran Canaria and will also have the chance to explore by yourself other places of great interest and unique beauty.
♦ Guayadeque’s Valley - an impressive ravine which enters deep on the centre of the Island
♦ Roque Nublo - a volcanic rock on the island of Gran Canaria, a famous landmark of the island and protected as a natural monument
♦ Artenara - the highest Village of Gran Canaria
Day 1. Agüimes
Arrival to Gran Canaria. Pick up the rental car at the airport terminal. Drive to Aguimes (about 10 Km.). Agüimes is a little charming town located on the south east of Gran Canaria. It is the departing point when visiting Guayadeque’s Valley. In Agüimes you enjoy the peacefull atmosphere of the town centre, the outdoor art museum, with beautiful sculptures located in different corners of the village, the colorful houses and the impressive church, which is a Spanish National Monument. Agüimes also offers a rich cultural life and the life music night every Friday. Here you can also enjoy of the local gastronomy in any of the local restaurants you will find on the town centre. You will meet the local program coordinator. He will give you details about what to do and what to visit while you are in Gran Canaria: places, events, museums, towns. Overnight in Agüimes.
Day 2. Guayadeque’s valley
After having a breakfast in the hotel, you can take one of the suggested walks:
Full day to discover the area, we propose you to walk along the Guayadeque’s valley, where you will find a rich endemic vegetation, huge mountains and also a little town where the people still live in confortable caves. Going down the valley you will find a small museum that explains the importance of the valley in the times of the Canariis, the rich endemic vegetation, etc. The valley finishes in Agüimes, where you can visit the Old Town, charming and colourful.
The other option is to make a walk to the inner side of the Valley. If you follow the way of the valley you will reach the Caldera de Los Marteles, a crater where starts the Guayadeque’s Valley. On the way you will enjoy of the endemic vegetation of the valley and the huge mountains of the sides. Following a little path on the area of the Caldera de los Marteles you will be able to reach and impressive viewpoint over the Caldera de Tirajana. Overnight in Agüimes.
Day 3. Tejeda
Today you check out of the hotel and walk on the wonderful Caldera de Tirajana, where you will find Santa Lucía village, the palm oasis, the Fortaleza de Ansite, Risco Blanco and even the wonderful FatagaValley. Drive to Tejeda Village (on the centre of the Island) Tejeda is located on the centre of the Island. It is a small white village from where you can make many walking tours by yourself. The nature around Tejeda is impressive.Overnight in Tejeda.
Day 4. Tejeda
Day to visit Tejeda and its surroundings. We propose you to make a walking tour to the Roque Nublo. The Roque Nublo is considered one of the most symbolic places in Gran Canaria. It is an important geographic point of the Island and a place that you must visit to discover and enjoy its grandiose landscape. This route becomes one of the most interesting ones when hiking in Gran Canaria.Overnight in Tejeda.
Way to Artenara, the 100 Valleys’ viewpoint route. The route follows the border of the Caldera de Tejeda, offering wonderful views over the west mountains of Gran Canaria. The walk finishes in Artenara, a picturesque village which is the highest of Gran Canaria. Overnight in Tejeda
Day 6. Agaete
Drive to Agaete. Agaete is a little fishing village, located by the sea, on the north of Gran Canaria. The area offers a lot of things to do: swim on the clear waters, visit the Valley, visit a coffee plantation and a winery,, visit archeological sites, walk to the impressive mountains on the valley.
Overnight in Agaete.
Day 7. Agaete
Free day to enjoy Agaete or make a visit to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where you can enjoy of Vegueta, colonial district, discover the famous Canteras Beach, visit the Botanical Gardens or experience the exiting live of this alive city. Overnight in Agaete.
Day 8. Departure
Drive to Gran Canaria’ International Airport. Rental car return.
Included in the price: ► 7 overnights at family owned gueshouses with breakfast in a double room with ensuite facilities ► 7 days rental car (pick up – return at the Gran Canaria’s airport) ► Roadbook ► Meeting with local coordinator on the arrival day
Not included: ►flight tickets ►personal insurance►drinks and meals, not mentioned in the program ► personal expenses ►entrance fees
Price of extra services: ► halfboard supplement 170 EUR
Group Size: Min 2 People
From the bicycle – into the swimming pool!
It’s really nice to work out a little bit, to make your body sweat and then relax in a hot mineral spring. It’s even nicer if you don’t make these efforts in a gym, but in the open fresh air and in the beautiful nature. But the best of it all is if you experience it in a good company sharing together a pleasant evening. And you always talk it through with your friends, and then postpone it … and nothing really happens. Leave all the organizational troubles to us! We offer you a 2-day cycling tour in the beautiful Teteven Balkan: roads with little traffic and with moderate ascends and descends, ancient beech forests, small villages, where one can drink a beer without thinking that his driving license can be suspended, Etropole Monastery and the nearby waterfall, an evening of fun and a sound sleep in the village of Ribaritsa, and in the end – complete relaxation in the mineral spring in the village of Chiflik.
So, let’s go!
Day 1. Sofia – Teteven – Ribaritsa
We start the weekend with a transfer to Etropole monastery. After short sightseeing we set on a cycling tour in the picturesque nature of Teteven Balkan. Our route passes by the small villages of Padesh, Yamna, Cherni Vit and ends in Teteven, where we will have a short walk to the Skoka waterfall. During the tour we will enjoy short stops for resting and a picnic. We overnight in Ribaritsa.
Cycling: approx. 54 km
Day 2. Ribaritsa – Beli Osam – Chiflik
Another day of splendid views! We put on our helmets and bike towards the village of Shipkovo, followed by Gorno Trape, Beli Osam and the set route for the day ends in Chiflik, where we can enjoy a well-deserved rest in a mineral pool. After the hot bath we return to Sofia.
Cycling: approx. 52 km
Price includes: ►1 night at a hotel in Ribaritsa ►lunch pack day 1► breakfast day 2 ►rent of bicycles ►guide with a minibus ►transport from/to Sofia, transfer of luggage
Price does not include: ►personal expenses ► drinks and meals not mentioned in the program ►insurance ►tips ►helmet 5 EUR per person
Practical information: ►The guide will follow you with a minibus all the time. He is waiting for you at crossroads and checks whether everything is in order with bikes. ►You can always get on the minibus if you feel tired or would like to skip certain stretch of the road ►Bicycles: hybrid and mountain hard tail bike – RAM and DRAG
Recommended period of travelling: March – October
Necessary equipment: You can bring your own helmet. We recommend biking gloves, comfortable waterproof clothes, and comfortable shoes for biking
Cost of the trip is 90 euro. drop me email for 5% discount code and also link how to book [masked]
A truly unforgettable adventure showing you the best of this amazing part of the Balkan Mountains.
Submerge in the magic natural world of Vratsa karst natural reserve. Explore caves, gorges, eco trails, vast meadows, rocky peaks rare flora in the karst paradise of Vratsa mountain. We explore on foot the hidden trails in the alpine meadows of the mountains, the old Beech forests, the sinister caves with amazing stalactites and not the least the local traditions, cuisine and habits.
♦ Ledenika cave - only 300m long but one of the most beautiful caves in Bulgaria with 10 halls, numerous cave formation and icy stalactites in winter time.
♦ Vratsata rock phenomena - rock gate with 400m high rock walls
♦ Skaklia waterfalls – Bovska (90m) and Vratsa (140m) Skaklia are one of the highest and most majestic waterfalls in Bulgaria
♦ Cherepish monastery -founded in 14th c. it is picturesquely situated near the banks of Iskar river in the stunning surroundings of the white Liutibrod rocks
Day 1. Arrival - Zgorigrad Village
Transfer (1,30h) to Vratsa town and further to Zgorigrad village. We start walking on the beautiful Pine stone eco-trails leading us up on a narrow rocky river valley through wooden ladders and stairs to the 50 m high Borov kamak waterfall (Pine stone). Picnic lunch on a nice meadow besides the river. We go down to Zgorigrad village on a nice forest trail with great panoramic views to the valley and rocky peaks. In the afternoon we go with the car to beautiful Ledenika cave for a visit and do a short hike on the study route “Karst and biodiversity”. Transfer to Vratsata rock phenomena where we stay overnight in a hotel. Evening walk in Vratsa town.
Hiking time: 5 hours; uphill/downhill walk: 500/ 550m
Day 2. Vratsa - Sofia
Today we start on the rocky path up to the highest impermanent waterfall in Bulgaria – Skaklia (140m) and then up to the top of the rocks on a vast karst field. We continue on nice meadows with great panoramic views and go down on a nice forest trail among the rocks. On the way back to Sofia we stop at the picturesque area of Liutibrod rocks, the rock phenomenon Ritliite and the beautiful Cherepish monastery.
Hiking time: 5 hours; uphill/downhill walk: 500/ 500m
Included in the price: ► accommodation in hotel/guesthouse with private facilities on HB, ►English speaking guide, ► all transfers, ►cave entrance fee
Not included: ►drinks, ►tips, ► insurance
Good to know: ►Extension at the Black Sea coast: we have a unique proposal, which gives you the opportunity to stay on a sea holiday for extra week after your active tour at an incredibly low price in Sozopol, Nessebar, Sunny Beach, Lozenets, St. Vlas, Golden Sands etc. and all this with arranged transportation right after your tour and before your departure flight.
Do you need help with the flight? Please contact us if you would like us to help you find suitable flights at the best price. When helping you to find flights we always try to find the best price for you according to the departure and arrival times. Prices vary depending on the airline and current availability. However, remember that the cheap airfares are often difficult or impossible to reschedule or cancel.
A service charge (non-refundable) will be added if you want us to help you find the appropriate plane ticket.
Recommended travel period of the year: April - November
Necessary equipment: ► hiking boots with adequate ankle support, ► waterproof and breathable clothes, ►daypack for personal items, ► water, ►energy bars, etc.
Cost of the trip is 90 euro. drop me email for 5% discount and also link how to book [masked]