Madeira Flowers and Coast
Enjoy fantastic panoramic roads as you ride through most 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.
Whilst riding along some of the best cycling routes in Madeira, you will find beautiful parks and gardens, picturesque bays and spectacular cliffs.
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Once you arrive, you have a day to enjoy all the fantastic facilities the hotel has to offer. This hotel is also located right by the sea you can opt for the beach should you want to. In the evening be welcomed by your tour representative.
The day will start off with a transfer to Camacha, where you will have your bikes fitted. This village is well-known for its basket making and of course these can be purchased right from the producers. As you head to the East Coast of the island you will find yourself on a beautiful high road, which of course will give you fantastic views until you get to the little fishing village of Porto da Cruz. To note here is a beach made of volcanic sand and one of the last working sugar cane mills.
The day will start off with a transfer by bus which will take you up a very steep hill, this will take you to Santana where the day’s cycling will start. However, before here we recommend a visit an excellent Madeiran landmark – the traditional, thatched farmhouses which have been resorted with much love and care. Once on your bike, head through small, enchanting villages whilst following the coast. Your route will take you to São Vicente, a beautiful town located on the sea and named after Saint Vincent. One of the highlights here is the 400,000-year-old grottoes.
Firstly, a transfer will take you to the plateau Paúl da Serra, from this point the cycling will begin on a high road passing cows and sheep, from where you will then have a large downhill to the West Coast of the island. Your location for the day will be Porto Moniz, home to a truly breath-taking view. This area is also known for its natural swimming pools, some of which are small, and some are large. These are frequented by both tourists and locals.
It’s time to explore the West Coast and the area’s UNESCO world heritage site. Head through aromatic forests and quaint villages, always being accompanied by incredible views of the sea from high. Each turn in the road uncovers a new view. Your stop for the night will be Calhta, where you can see the beautiful rebuilt harbour. There is also an artificial beach here, the sand for which was brought in from Morocco. This village was once a place of sugar cane production and is now a place for locals to hang out.
For the first section of today you will be cycling along the waterside in the direction of the capital. Once you get past Ribeira Brava, you will start heading uphill inland towards an amazing viewpoint, Cabo Girao. This is a see-through platform that sits at 580m above sea level and the view down over Europe’s highest cliffs is breath taking. From here the only way is down, head back to the coast and into the centre of Funchal. The capital is a truly vibrant and colourful location.
Either the trip ends here, or you can add on more days.
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.
Total distance cycled: 195 km
Starting point for the cycling holiday : Canico
- Accommodation as already mentioned
- Standard Bike Hire
- Breakfast buffet or extensive breakfast
- Welcome briefing
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
- GPS-data is available
- Rental bike insurance
- Flights to/from the start and finish
- Evening meals (unless stated)
- Local daily taxes (Payable at the hotel)
- Water Bottles
- Travel Insurance
- Bike Insurance (unless stated)
- Welcome Meetings (unless stated)
- Transfers (unless included)
We have put a calendar of events together that will provide you with some inspiration of what you can expect on your holiday, and when the best time to jet off is. Now’s your chance to travel further than you can by foot and be part of a memorable and exciting two-wheel journey with us.