the scenic route!
If you love to be in contact with nature, don’t miss this walk! You will discover Porto Santo’s diversity, and the views around the island are lovely.
If you are feeling fit enough, this walk is a must-do! We divided it into two parts: the first is easy and flat, while the second part has steps to negotiate. From Moledo, we will go around the highest peak of Porto Santo — “Pico do Facho” (516 m) —, for a 360º panoramic view of the island. On one side, we see the beautiful beach, and on the other, rugged sheer cliffs. Furthermore, you will admire the beauty of the terracing and stone walls. Then we will return to the same spot where we started and then climb along a zigzagging path to the fifth-highest peak: “Pico do Castelo” (437 m). Once at the top, you’ll get stunning views of the entire island, over the ocean of both sides, the city of Vila Baleira, the beach and the airport. On the top is a curious house with a stone roof and cannons used when pirates raided the islands. We find the endemic vegetation along this route and the exotic pine trees introduced in the 20th century. An excellent walk for amazing pictures, not to be missed. Make your booking now!
A member of our staff will pick you up at the indicated place and confirm your voucher identification. You can present either a paper or an electronic ticket for this activity. The tour will begin as soon as we finish collecting tour members. Please click here for location details and map.
Year-round, except on 25 December and 1 January
The tour starts at 9:00 and finishes around 13:00.
Distance: 4,6 km (28 miles)
Max. Altitude: 437 m (1433 ft.)
Min. Altitude: 225 m (738 ft.)
Non-slip walking boots or sports footwear, a camera, and a coat or a jumper if it gets cooler.
Take a bag to carry your litter away with you.
We remind you to have enough reserve of water and food, as there is nothing available on the route.
A raincoat or poncho if rain is in the forecast and a wind protection coat as it gets windy there.
Parents must bring a hiking child carrier backpack to carry their children <4-years old.
There are some steps to overcome.
Not recommended for children <8,99-years old.
Better to go with a guide and relax, instead of getting lost in the mountains of Porto Santo. If you fall or feel unwell, it is reassuring to know that the mountain guide activates the emergency system. He/she sends a warning and the location of the group to the local authorities, enabling a quick rescue. All well worth the money for the hike.
We pick you up from the place you are staying at and drop you off when finished. It is an easy and comfortable way to get to the walk. It’s easy to book. Our staff are qualified. We take you to various sites we know you will want to explore. Our fundamental principles are the comfort, safety, and flexibility of both our guests and personnel.
the scenic route!
...the places you’ll go!
Yes, but we will take advantage on the official advice on walking and share it with you: “Walking can be challenging. Choose only the ones that are suited to your own standard of fitness and experience. Be prepared for narrow, uneven paths and heights. Wear suitable clothing and walking boots. Leave details of where you are going with your hotel reception and take your mobile telephone with you. Better still, join a group of walkers and go with a guide. Take extra care if it has rained as the ground may be slippery and unstable. Check with your tour guide or local organizer that it is safe to visit before setting off”.
Bear in mind that conditions on each walk will vary, but the basic equipment for Porto Santo hikes is:
Lunch/ picnic is not included in the price. Consider the distance and length of the walk and bring enough water and food to provide you with the energy you need.
Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map, and emergency phone number.
Our vehicle will have a very clear card (a banner) with our company logo on the windscreen and in case of being a group, the name of the group printed on it. Our driver or Mountain Guide will also have a list with the passenger’s name.
Along the Island there are several routes with different difficulty and characteristics of the terrain that allows walking with the children (not recommended for children <8 Years old). Please get in touch to let us know what you would like, and we will do our best to arrange it.
Besides our tours for mainland travellers, we also offer great value options for people who travel by cruise ships. You can choose one of the existing tours or create your own customized itinerary. Get in touch to arrange your tour!
Our staff is the backbone of each successful service. We look for people who are not only qualified and experienced but who are also passionate and love what they do.
Yes, private tours are available for all tours listed on our site, but at a different rate. Please get in touch for any further information about any listed tours.
Any of our private tours/ hikes run every day and can be customized to suit your preferences, please get in touch to let us know what you would like to see and do, and we will do our best to arrange it.
No, we offer tours in Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and German. Other languages on request.
Please get in touch as soon as you become aware you may be unable to make your tour, so we can try to accommodate you. If you are unable to make your reserved tour for reasons out of your control, and we have spaces on the tour for the following day we will happily change your booking free of charge. Please see our Policy for further detail.
We will make every effort to try to re-schedule your tour if you are unable to make it for reasons out of your control. In the instance you wish to cancel your tour all together please see our Cancellation Policy for details on refunds.
One of the great things about Lux Madeira is that we have no minimum requirements for our tour to run, so we will still go ahead if just one person has booked. The size depends on the number of bookings, but you can always choose to upgrade to a private tour at a different rate.
Prices for all our shared services are quoted per person, except in the case of our private services.
If you are happy with the service you receive, it’s customary to tip your driver and Mountain guide. This is entirely at your discretion.
Porto Santo island holidays are the ideal getaway all year round. Porto Santo weather is temperate and mild with no great extremes-although the temperature can drop in the winter, so, whatever time of year you visit, be sure to bring warm clothes. Rainfall is higher in the winter, and you’ll probably need to pack a raincoat or umbrella. Porto Santo’s average temperatures range from 18C in winter to 25C in summer, with sea temperatures being nearly the same due to a warm Gulf Stream that surrounds the Island all year round, 18C to 22C, which makes walking possible in any season.
The dress code for our tours is comfortable and casual. Dressing in layers gives most comfort as you can shed and add items when the climate varies. Consider packing.
For walking and hiking, please see our “Other details” section.
In the case of rain or inclement weather, and since the variety of hikes allows us to choose the best areas to walk, your Mountain Guide will modify the tour (if possible), or we will try to postpone the hike to another day. It never hurts to have a raincoat and an umbrella on hand.
Whatever level of walker you are, we recommend booking a guided walk. Is worth the money, you are picked up at the place you are staying, taken to the start of the walk and picked up at the end. You are also accompanied by a knowledgeable mountain guide that will take you to the most beautiful spots.
We are aware that many people do not like to be in groups, but it is easy to get lost on some walks. Here’s a notice issued by the authorities recently following many accidents on walks. Again, tourists have been rescued having disappeared when walking alone or deviating from the recognized paths. In both instances, the tourists were found alive and in reasonably good health by the Forest Police Corps and other emergency services. As a result of the increasing number of these occurrences, the Regional Directorate of Forestry and Nature Conservation has issued a warning to walkers against “randomly and recklessly” deciding to use footpaths in mountainous areas other than those recommended, and against walking unaccompanied. Both actions, the DRFCN reminds visitors, are “contrary to basic safety rules and conduct of hikers”.
Due to the occurrence of landslides or to maintenance works, some footpaths might be temporarily closed. Please check HERE and HERE before you go. The best thing to do is to turn back if you come across a closed path, bad weather conditions, a particularly wet area or a rockfall. If you do not have the ProCiv Madeira mobile application with you, you can use the following contacts:
National emergency number: 112
Civil Protection: 291 700 112
Police (GNR): 291 214 460
The ProCiv Madeira mobile app takes advantage of the potential of today’s smartphones, such as GPS location, and allows you to make a request for help in case of emergency.