My partner and I chose the Amazing Vistas Levada walk, available on Thursdays and Sundays priced at €27 per person, for what is described as a half day excursion. The driver arrived at our reception at the allotted time of 8.30am prompt, but unfortunately had to wait for two girls who came strolling out of breakfast 15 mins late! There was quiet a long drive around to pick up the other passengers (14 in total - 10 Germans, 2 Dutch and us). The mini bus was not air-conditioned as I had expected, which whilst ok at 8.30am, was a different matter when returning in the afternoon - open windows and a great deal of buffeting were the order of the day.
The walk itself was a flat, level route and took approximately 2 hours to complete. Walking boots were not necessary, but I would recommend sensible trainers or sandals. There were lovely views of the coast and countryside and plenty of opportunity to take photos. The guide was fluent in both English and German and took time to explain everything in both languages. He was extremely informative and more than happy to answer any questions – whether related to the walk or not. There was a set of steep, uneven steps to descend towards the end of the walk and an ever so slightly uphill section along a quiet road to a small café where refreshments could be purchased/toilet visited, before re-embarking the mini bus back to Funchal.
In summary, I enjoyed this walk very much and would recommend to anyone wanting to experience a pleasant stroll at a steady pace, with no strenuous uphill sections!
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