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Experience - Portugal

Referta and Castelejo


  • Morning hike in the Referta and Castelejo region

  • Excellent for beginners

  • Learn about the authentic life of the locals


Incomparable scenery and a whole new side of Madeira - that's what this short but impressive hike promises. Immerse yourself in authentic Madeira with its small villages, traditional farms and endemic flora and fauna. When nature is in full bloom, this experience is even more breathtaking.



  1. Portugal
  2. Madeira

Today you will put on hiking boots on and set off to your adventurous tour of Madeira. The itinerary will focus on Referta & Castelejo. The special thing about this region are the long ago man-made hiking trails. These lead you again and again to viewpoints, which offer you beautiful panoramas of the small villages on the north coast. Walk along paths lined with holly, barbusano and the endemic Azores laurel.

The landscape here is different than other areas of Madeira. Despite the challenging terrain, local farmers have cultivated their fields. Get a glimpse of the skilled craftsmanship and traditional farm work that still exists today.

Duration of the trip: Half day

Date of the trip: Thursdays and Sundays


  • Collective transfer from / to hotel in Funchal, Caniço and Machico
  • Experienced hiking guide

Not included

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Personal expenses

Services & Notes

When? Thursday & Sunday mornings

Departure: 9 a.m. in Funchal, 8:30 a.m. in Caniço and 8:15 a.m. in Machico

Walking time: about 2 hours / 8 kilometers

Difficulty: easy

We recommend that you always prepare well for a hike and to carry rain, cold and sun protection. For longer hikes, a sun hat, food and drinks are recommended. Since some of the tours go through tunnels, we also recommend a flashlight and suitable footwear. Criteria: Moderately difficult hikes for experienced hikers with surefootedness and a head for heights.

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