The island of Madeira off Portugal's mainland and some 400km from the Spanish islands of the Canaries, off the north western coast of Africa, offers expansive opportunities as a vacation destination. From lush green valleys, to spectacular cliffs and a rugged coastline, and bustling towns, this island has it all. Funchal has the largest population outside of Portugal mainland and has a unique location on the island: a natural "amphitheater" surrounds the city, with gentle slopes beginning at the harbor and rising almost 1200 meters. Spend your days exploring the island with shared guided tours of your choice - from a city discovery, to an exploration of the coastline, gain an insight into island cottage industries, be impressed by the wonderful botanical gardens and experience traditional Portuguese island cuisine as you soak in the atmosphere of local folklore group. Consider extending your stay on the island and incorporating more active or wellness activities - the island lends itself perfectly to both options.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in a chauffeur driven vehicle between the airport and your accommodation.
Enjoy a half day tour of Funchal with a private vehicle and driver. You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to your first destination- the Cathedral and the old part of town. Afterwards visit the farmers market, where a large variety of regional fish, fruit, vegetables and flowers are on display. Continue your tour with a visit to an embroidery factory and enjoy a tasting of Madeira Wine. Your final stop is at the Botanical Gardens, where you can enjoy specimens of all indigenous and endemic plants, as well as a magnificent view over Funchal. This tour does not include any entrance fees.
Hotel Gorgulho is situated in the very heart of Madeira. Offering 230 beds and the Atlantic Ocean as the nearest neighbour, guests will find whatever they need to suit their necessities. The immediate vicinity offers a vast array of shopping facilities as well as numerous restaurants, various bars, pubs, cafes and many other entertainment facilities. Bring equipment along for a game of tennis and take advantage of the solarium, with an area for children and adults. Also available is an outdoor pool, and for those interested, play a round of golf at a partnering club, or go for a dive in one of the protected marine reserves.
Visit breath taking Pico do Arieiro, the second highest hill in Madeira. The shared tour will continue to Ribeiro Frio, and the noted trout hatchery, Santana home to the “A” framed cottages. On the way, stop for lunch in a local restaurant. Following the stunning north coast, visit Porto da Cruz, Portela and its dramatic stunning views where the discoverers first landed. See Camacha, home to the famous wickerwork warehouse and then return back to Funchal.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
Have a nice dinner in a typical restaurant enjoying the delight of Madeiran cusine and the company of your shared group. Experience the culinary delights of Espetada, marinated beef cooked over the open fire on a laurel skewer, Milho Frito, delicious golden fried maize or even the mouth watering homemade garlic bread Bolo do Caco. Put these together with wine and energetic entertainment by a local Folklore group and be assured of a very enjoyable evening out. A taxi can be aranged by your hotel concierge or alternatively, if you would like a private car and driver to be arranged, please speak with your Sales Advisor.
On this shared excursion of the Island, visit Cabo Girão, the second highest cliff in the world, as well as Camara de Lobos & Ribeira Brava. Then, travel up through a lush valley region to the mountain pass of Encumeada at 1007 m, with a wonderful view over the north and south coast. Next, descend to the north coast. In Porto Moniz, enjoy lunch in a nice restaurant. After passing through São Vicente & Seixal, you'll be returned back to Funchal.
February 19, 2014
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October 22, 2013
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