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Madeira loop 8-day Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 4

  • 8days
  • Portugal

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Self-guided Cycling Tour on Madeira island

Beautiful flowers and coastline on Portugal's island of Madeira

Cycling in Madeira, the island is of course a well-known walking paradise! On wonderful panoramic roads, you will cycle around pretty much all of the island. In the places where it is too mountainous, our transfers will help you out. You can enjoy a summer-like climate here all year around as well as the exotic flora and fauna. On your way, you will find wonderful parks and gardens, still bays and spectacular cliffs. But you don’t miss out on culture on this tour either! This Portuguese island was already settled in the 15th Century in the centre of the Atlantic and left behind magnificent quintas and monumental fortresses. Spend a wonderful week on this flowery island! World Cultural Heritage site landscape, old sailor culture and above all the hospitable Madeirans will delight you!

Tour character: Level 4

Leisure cyclist: Very quiet roads will lead you around this island. You will only cycle on busier roads for very short sections. The steepest and longest ascents will be bridged with transfers. Nevertheless, there are several longer ascents to deal with each day. Due to the topography and also the longer and sometimes steep hills we recommend that you should have good fitness and good confidence on a bike.

Included in the Madeira Cycling Tour:

  • 7 nights accommodation in 4* with one night 2* by the sea
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome briefing
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels
  • Well developed route
  • Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
  • Bus transfers Canico – Camacha, Porto da Cruz – Santana and Sao Vicente – Rocha Negra incl. your bike
  • 1 Cable car return journey Funchal – Monte
  • Clear signposting
  • GPS-data is available and app navigation
  • Service hotline

Not included in the tour:

  • Bike rental 
  • Bike insurance
  • Visitor's taxes, if due, are not included in the price
  • Half board evening meal 219 EUR (multi-course)

Arrival / parking / departure:

  • Funchal airport

Notes: 

  • Departures Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Extra nights
    • Canico: 89 EUR p.p (+79 EUR single person)
    • Funchal: 89 EUR p.p (+79 EUR single person)
  • Half-Board (7x) - 219 EUR p.p

If you would like to hire a bike (99 EUR) or e-bike (259 EUR) please contact our office when booking [email protected]

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  • Day 1

    Arrival in Canico

    Enjoy all of your hotels facilities today already. It is located right by the beach so the sea is calling you too!

  • Day 2

    Canico – Camacha – Porto da Cruz approx. 25 km + transfer

    In the morning you will be greeted by your tour representative and the rental bikes will be handed out and fitted. Afterwards there is the transfer to Camacha. This village is famous for its basket making. This practical souvenir is of course offered directly from the producers. You will cycle on a lovely high road right towards the East Coast. Enjoy the beautiful views on the way to the little fishing village, Porto da Cruz. Relax here on the beach made out of volcano sand or visit one of the last working sugar cane mills.

  • Day 3

    Porto da Cruz – Santana – Sao Vicente approx. 40 km + transfer

    A long, steep ascent will be bridged by bus this morning. In Santana you will start your cycle tour. Beforehand you should however visit the true Madeiran landmark. The traditional, thatched farmhouses have been lovingly restored here. The cycle route goes along a beautiful road through small, charming villages whilst always running along the length of the East Coast until you get to Sao Vicente. The village, named after Saint Vincent, is located right by the sea. It is however well-known for its 400,000-year-old grottoes.

  • Day 4

    Sao Vicente – Rocha Negra – Porto Moniz approx. 35 km + transfer

    To begin with, you go in the mountains today! A transfer will take you to the high plateau Paúl da Serra. From here, you get on your bike and follow the high road past grazing cows and sheep. A long descent will then lead you to the West Coast of the island. Before you get to Porto Moniz, a spectacular view will leave you breathless. Where you are staying tonight is well-known for its natural swimming pools. The sea formed small and large pools, which are popular places to swim by both locals and tourists.

  • Day 5

    Porto Moniz – Calheta approx. 45 km

    Today’s stage takes you along the West Coast and right through the UNESCO world heritage site in Madeira. You will cycle through fragrant forests and through small villages and you will always be accompanied by spectacular views of the below lying sea. After every curve you get a new great photo shot. In the lively village Calheta, it was not only the yacht harbour that was rebuilt. For the artificial beach, sand was especially imported from Morocco. The former sugar cane village has become a popular place for locals to meet.

  • Day 6

    Calheta – Funchal approx. 50 km

    For the first third of today‘s stage, you will cycle directly along the waterside towards the capital. From Ribeira Brava the route takes you up hill away from the coast and then you will reach the very spectacular view point on the island. At Cabo Girao, a transparent platform was built 580m above the sea. The view down over the highest cliffs in Europe is dizzying. A long descent will then bring you back to the coast and then into the centre of Funchal. Colourful and lively are two strong impressions you will get from the capital of this island.

  • Day 7

    Funchal cable car journey/hike

    The cable car will take you on your bike free day to the popular destination of Monte. Previously a noble health resort with grand quintas, this area offers many possibilities nowadays for an interesting day. You can visit the pilgrimage church Nossa Senhora do Monte do Monte and the tropical garden Jardim Tropical Monte Palace. You could also go for a lovely walk along the famous waterway, the “Levadas”. The rapid ride to the valley is nevertheless spectacular wits one of the fantastic wicker sledges. You will see that Madeira also isn’t boring without a bike…

  • Day 8

    Departure or extension

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It was absolutely fantastic. The hosts are wonderful – responsive and helpful and I thought the trip was superb value, would use them again without hesitation. Bikes, tour and island great. And the hotels they put us up at were by far the best standard I have ever had in any similar tour (in fact, 2 were luxurious), all had a balcony, and all faced a view. Gobsmacked. And highly valued after a drink-seeking urge after being on the pedals. Highly recommended. Great that you are associated with them. Can’t be more positive regarding it all. The Madeira bicycle tour is an unforgettable cycle in a marvellous far-flung paradise, complete with hills, infinite views of mountains and coast, sunsets and beautiful vegetation and flowers, with, unfortunately, an unlimited supply of Portuguese tarts. The local representatives were nothing short of amazing, obviously hand-picked by Slow Tours for their like-minded interpretation of the travel product sold. I cannot thank them all enough, hope they forgive the to and fro banter that becomes any fragile situation, and congratulate them for their quality product, fabulous organisation and 1000% care factor that goes into every booking, if mine is any representation of what they do. I wish I could do my job as well as Carol. Till the next trip, our sincere and heartfelt thanks for looking after us in a manner that is seldom experienced and magnetises your return. Thank you for looking after us so well, we really appreciated how wonderful you are! - September 2022

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Feb 17 2024 Feb 24 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
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Double rooms 1,149€
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Double rooms 1,149€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
Sep 28 2024 Oct 05 2024 12 Single rooms 1,768€
Double rooms 1,249€
Oct 01 2024 Oct 08 2024 12 Single rooms 1,768€
Double rooms 1,249€
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Double rooms 1,249€
Oct 05 2024 Oct 12 2024 12 Single rooms 1,668€
Double rooms 1,149€
Oct 08 2024 Oct 15 2024 12 Single rooms 1,668€
Double rooms 1,149€
Oct 10 2024 Oct 17 2024 12 Single rooms 1,668€
Double rooms 1,149€
Oct 12 2024 Oct 19 2024 12 Single rooms 1,668€
Double rooms 1,149€
Oct 15 2024 Oct 22 2024 12 Single rooms 1,668€
Double rooms 1,149€
Oct 17 2024 Oct 24 2024 12 Single rooms 1,668€
Double rooms 1,149€
Oct 19 2024 Oct 26 2024 12 Single rooms 1,668€
Double rooms 1,149€
Oct 22 2024 Oct 29 2024 12 Single rooms 1,668€
Double rooms 1,149€
Oct 24 2024 Oct 31 2024 12 Single rooms 1,668€
Double rooms 1,149€
Oct 26 2024 Nov 02 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 999€
Oct 29 2024 Nov 05 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 999€
Oct 31 2024 Nov 07 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 999€
Nov 02 2024 Nov 09 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 999€
Nov 05 2024 Nov 12 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 999€
Nov 07 2024 Nov 14 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 999€
Nov 09 2024 Nov 16 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 999€
Nov 12 2024 Nov 19 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 999€
Nov 14 2024 Nov 21 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 999€
Nov 16 2024 Nov 23 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 999€
Nov 19 2024 Nov 26 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 999€
Nov 21 2024 Nov 28 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 999€
Nov 23 2024 Nov 30 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 999€
Nov 26 2024 Dec 03 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 999€
Nov 28 2024 Dec 05 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 999€
Nov 30 2024 Dec 07 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 999€
Dec 03 2024 Dec 10 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 999€
Dec 05 2024 Dec 12 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 999€
Dec 07 2024 Dec 14 2024 12 Single rooms 1,518€
Double rooms 999€

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