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Madeira Explorers, Funchal

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Explore the rugged countryside and crisscrossing trails of a wild Portuguese island with Madeira Explorers, a tour company utilizing the region's historical network of canals. Originally constructed for farm irrigation, the levadas and their corresponding maintenance routes stretch for more than 2,500 km (1,553 mi) around Madeira. Join in on one of the leisure walks, each focusing on a different region or series of sites of the island. You'll find that they are designed for different levels of experience and capability, so you can embark on anything from a full-day hike to an easy stroll. Seize the chance to see some of the local flora and fauna, as well as the multitude of gardens, beaches, and ocean views. Though the company can provide backpacks and walking sticks, be sure to bring your own comfortable hiking boots or other sturdy footwear. Plan to visit Madeira Explorers and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Funchal attractions using our Funchal vacation generator.
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  • Just finished a great morning walk of 6klms , picked up from hotel/ or just outside at about 9.00 am ,then 30 minutes drive to location . 15 persons walking together. Some other groups were also walki...  more »
  • We did two walks, Serra D'Agua and Lakes of Madeira, both with excellent driver/ guide Alvero. We chose these because they seemed to have the least risk of vertiginous sections. Guide was informative,...  more »
  • We have taken all four of the 1/2 day levada walks, three on this visit to Madeira. All of the guides are knowledgeable, entertaining, and have good language skills. The walks start and end at your Fu...  more »

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Funchal's array of accommodation presents an interesting conundrum, as many of the upscale hotels and budget options lie outside the city center. If you opt to stay there, you'll need transportation in order to best explore the city. Luxury hotels touting outdoor pools, spas, exclusive restaurants, and other amenities certainly dazzle with their locations along the coast. To get a taste of authentic Madeira culture and history, try staying at one of the
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