Thinking about taking a walking holiday in Madeira, Anyone got any tips regarding kit to take, the grades of the walks or anything useful to know about the island in general.. climate,places of interest , goood places (and good things )to eat , costs etc.. Thanks , Pete
Nice to see that you are interested in walking in Madeira and i can highly recommend our trip (TSD) - it's such a wonderful island to walk on. The itinerary we follow isn't too difficult but does get you up to some of the high spots of the island with great coastal walks and stunning panoramic scenery. The trip is grade as B (moderate) and the walks range from 7 - 19km each day. The first couple of walks are around 3-4 hours and the rest of the week is around 6 hours. Generally the ascents of the walks around 100m except for day 5 (600m) and day 6 (550m).
Even though the climate is mild all year-round there is always a slight possibility of rain due to it being an island in the middle of an ocean therefore we do recommend bringing waterproof jacket and trousers. The trip notes do detail other essential equipment - warm jacket or sweater, woolly hat and gloves, water bottle, sunhat, suncream, swimming gear and a daypack.
As regards food, Madeirans eat a lot of meat and fish with vegetables and potatoes or rice and we recommend you buy the ingredients for your lunches from the local supermarket. On your free day in Funchal it is definitely worth visiting the Se Cathedral and the Market.
Hope this is of help and if you book, enjoy the holiday.
All the best, Andy (Trip Manager)
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