MADEIRA ISLAND – THE PEARL OF THE ATLANTIC
The island of Madeira is lapped by the waters of the Gulf Stream with warm comfortable summers and mild winters that make it an enchanting holiday destination all year round. It’s an island, where you will find so much to discover. Floral species originating in many parts of the world bloom in Madeira, Funchal it’s nestled in a great natural amphitheatre facing the blue Atlantic with a backdrop of dramatic mountains. Right in the middle of the Atlantic, the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo are a haven of natural beauty. The exotic colours of the flowers stand out from among the blue sea and the emerald green vegetation; this is an archipelago where two thirds are a protected area and where the largest Laurisilva forest in the world is located.
The sea temperature is also very mild, thanks to the influence of the warm Gulf Stream, averaging 22ºC in the summer and 18ºC in the winter. The springtime temperature, felt all year round, cries out for open air activities. You can go for a walk along the network of levadas (irrigation channels), visit the city of Funchal and discover the heritage associated with the Discoveries or roam freely around the island. Boat rides are an excellent way of admiring the coastline from a different perspective.
PACKAGES OF 4 AND 8 DAYS (Including Island of Porto Santo)
PROGRAM M1 – 4 days - West Tour - Destination airport: Funchal
Day 1: - Arrival to the airport and transfer to your hotel
Day 2: - West Tour - Full day: This full day tour offers one, the best views of Madeira island. With all stops being from 20 – 30 minutes long, and lunch for about 90 minutes, you end up spending more time out if the vehicle rather than in it. Starting off from Funchal, we head off for the famous fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. We then visit Cabo Girão, which is the highest sea cliff in Europe (580m). Our next stop is the village of Ribeira Brava where we stop to visit its church and famous chandelliers. We then visit, what has to be the most beautiful village on the island, Ponta do Sol, which means point of the sun. Making our way up through the Laurissilva forest, we reach the plateau of Paul da Serra. Here we do an optional, very easy, Levada walk. Our next stop is the village of Porto Moniz, which is famous for its volcanic rock pools. We will either stop for lunch here or the next vilage of Seixal where on can see the famous waterfalls known as “The Brides Vale”. Driving on a really scenic coastal route, we then visit another fishing village of São Vicente. Our last visit will be the breathtaking views we get from the mountain tops of Encumeada, before making our way back to Funchal.
Day 3: - Full day: The East Tour with its famous “A” framed houses; clouds hanging below Pico do Arieiro hugging the contours of the mountains.The delightful unspotted Laurissilva forest First stop at Camacha, this village sits on a high plateau on the northeast of Funchal. The Madeira East tour now continues in direction of Santo Serra. Along an endless stretch of winding road a forest can be seen, and below local farmers grow fruit and vegetables. One of the golf courses is located here, and it holds the PGA Tour of Madeira. The next stop is to a charming village called Santana. Presenting a picture of domestic and agricultural prosperity. You will discover how spacious the Santana ´A` farmed buildings are when you visit one. Continuing your journey to a beautiful and quiet hillside village of Faial, which takes its name from an evergreen shrub, Leaving Faial continuing your journey up hill, through small terraces lining the road where you can find all types of fruits before you reach the Madeira Laurissilva Forest. Ribeiro Frio is a delightful spot set among this forest. Last stop at Pico Arieiro, 1818m (5965 fts). It is the third highest peak in Madeira. As you climb, the green woodland gives way to bare rock. There are tremendous views over an endless succession of knife-edge ridges and sheer cliffs.
Day 4: -Transfer to the airport in Funchal
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