HF Holidays    Teachers Travel 
Guided Winter Walking & Sightseeing
Plus Yoga

in Madeira, Portugal

2019 Holidays Feb 11 - 25    or   Feb 15 - 25 


On this holiday Teachers Travel combines a one week HF walking holiday with additional nights at the same hotel. Flights to Madeira (via the Azores) depart Fridays and Mondays and return Mondays.

Day 1  Monday   Depart Toronto on overnight flight to Madeira via Punta del Gada (Azores.

Day 2 - Tuesday 
  Arrive Funchal Airport and transfer to the Galosol Hotel (about 20 minutes).

Days 3 -7 Wednesday to Sunday  Yoga is available each day. The resort offers many activities with fitness classes, gym, rental bikes, snorkelling, guided hikes and a spa.  There is a small charge for the activities.
The town of Funchal is just a 20 minute bus ride away and here are found lovely botanic garden, whale/dolphin watching tours,  markets selling exotic fruits and flowers, cafes and wineries where you can sample Madeira wine.

Day 8 - Monday    The HF group arrive from London in the afternoon. There will be a chance to meet over a drink as the HF leaders talk about the following day's walks before dinner.

Day 9  Tuesday  Choice of two guided walks
Easier Walk: We first visit the famous high cliff of Cabo Girao (Europe’s second highest sea cliff) for views and a little excitement. Test your nerve on the glass floored viewing platform high above the sea and vineyards below. After coffee we continue by coach to commence our first levada walk on the Levada do Norte. This levada gives us splendid views out to sea and leads us eventually to viewpoints over the dramatic gorge of the Ribeira Brava. 7.5 miles (12 km) with minimal ascent and descent.

Harder Walk: We also visit the Cabo Girao and after visiting the viewing platform will commence a descent to Levado do Facho, with views over vineyards and the town of Camara de Lobos. After a short walk through a levada tunnel and the western side of the Cabo Girao promontory we join the start of the easier walk to Boa Morte and views of the Ribeira Brava gorge. 11 miles (18km) with 130ft (40m) of ascent

Day 10 Wednesday  Sightseeing plus easy walking
Our transport will take us into the capital, Funcha,l where a local guide will take us on a tour of this small, pretty city to include the cathedral, the colourful Mercado dos Labradores and the famous Blandy’s Winery, home of Madeira wine, with an opportunity to taste the products. In the afternoon, we travel by coach high into the mountains to a viewpoint overlooking the Central Highlands and the Curral das Freiras (Valley of the Nuns). Then we walk down the old path which leads to the Curral das Freiras. For many centuries this was the only means of reaching this remote valley.

Day 11  Thursday  Choice of two guided walks
Our walks today take us to the western end of the island. We travel past Funchal and enter the Ribeira Brava Gorge. The coach will then take us high onto the western moors. This end of the island differs greatly from the high volcanic peaks in the east. Here rolling moorland offers views over the sea in both directions on a clear day.

Easier Walk: Today’s walk follows a gentle levada path to a lovely viewpoint over the hills and woods of Rabacal before descending to Levada das 25 Fontes which will lead us via a tunnel through a mountain ridge to meet our coach. 8 miles (13km) with 100ft (30m) of ascent and 1,000ft (300m) of descent

Harder Walk: We head off on the Levada da Bica da Cana to reach a higher viewpoint to the East. Returning via our
outward route we shall pick up the route of the easier walk to Rabacal , the Levada das 25 Fontes and then via the tunnel to the coach pick-up. 9.5 miles (15km) with 260ft (80m) of ascent and 1,000 ft (300m) of descent

Day 12  Friday  Free day   Enjoy the many fitness activities at the hotel, explore the Canico area, try a whale watching tour, visit the gardens near Funchal. Friday is market day so you can visit the farmers market to sample  tropical fruit such as custard apple, guava and oranges fresh from the tree. 

Day 13  Saturday  Choice of two guided walks
Easier Walk: Our walk starts on the Poiso Moors and offers the opportunity to reach a ridge with fine views of the Central Highlands. We continue to the fire tower on Pico do Suna. Our walk then descends to the waterhouse at Lamaceiros where we have the opportunity to visit an exciting stretch of the Levada do Furado. After lunch we descend to the village of Portela for drinks and our coach home. 7 miles (11km) with 300ft (90m) of ascent and 2,000ft (600m) of descent

Harder Walk: Our walk starts from a spectacular viewpoint near Boca da Corrida looking down to Curral das Freiras and up towards Pico Grande. Then we head off over rolling highland hills and valleys to a high point where we enjoy further views of the Central Highlands. Onwards then to Pico da Cruz for views of the Ribeira Brava gorge and down to end our walk in the village of Fontes Do Santo Paul. 8 miles (13km) with 1,300ft (390m) of ascent and 2,200ft (660m) of descent

 

Day 14 Sunday  Choice of two guided walks
Easier Walk: This group will travel through the Canical Tunnel to the town of Canical and on to the most easterly point of the island, the St Laurence peninsula. The walk here gives us great views of both the northern and southern cliffs and fine views out to sea. After lunch we return by coach to Canical with an opportunity to visit a café and/or the Whaling museum, before returning to our hotel. 4 miles (6.5km) with 600ft (180m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: Today we’ll travel east from our hotel to commence our walk at the Canical Tunnel. Here we climb steadily towards the viewpoint on Pico do Facho (ascent to the viewpoint is optional). We then embark on a splendid coastal path towards the port of Canical, enjoying great views of the sea and coastline. After refreshments in Canical we rejoin our coach to reach the start point of the easier walk along the St. Lawrence peninsula. 7 miles (11km) with 1,000ft (300m) of ascent.

 

Day 15 Monday    Depart


In the evenings the hotel often has live entertainment. There is an opportunity one evening to visit Funchal as a group and walk along the promenade followed by listening to some live music over a sociable drink.


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