Madeira - Island Wildlife and Nature

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Run by: Artisan Travel

Reference number: 5524

From: £1185.00

The landscape of Madeira is simply stunning and for such a small island, it has a huge variety of scenery. Towering mountain peaks covered in thick, green forests are home to a wealth of flora and fauna and the terraced hillsides are packed with colourful flowers and blooming fruit trees.

The Atlantic Ocean wraps around the Madeiran archipelago and the Gulf Stream makes the sea warm and pleasant and also a perfect year-round home for all sorts of marine life. Bottlenose and Atlantic-spotted dolphins, as well as humpback and short-finned pilot whales, are often found here in abundance, making it a wildlife lover’s paradise.

This itinerary has been designed for you to explore as much of Madeira as possible and to maximise your chances of seeing wildlife on land and sea. You’ll enjoy a tour of both the east and west parts of the island, travelling along the winding coastline, through the deep ravines and across the high, jagged mountain peaks. The sub-tropical climate has created beautiful forests of emerald green, filled with flowing rivers and streams and enchanting Levada, which are just asking to be explored and enjoyed. From the towering mountain peaks, you’ll enjoy splendid views of the landscape beyond and the beautiful blue ocean below.

Thanks to its position in the Atlantic, Madeira enjoys warm, comfortable summers and mild winters. In fact, during most months of the year, you can enjoy the sub-tropical climate of Madeira in comfort, with average highs of 16-18°C from December to February and 18-23°C in the spring, summer and autumn, it is a fantastic place to explore across the seasons.

After exploring the island by road, you’ll take part in a boat trip to the dramatic Desertas Islands, which are a haven for wildlife, including a variety of birds and a monk seal colony. You’ll also get to enjoy a whale and dolphin watching cruise aboard a small boat and, if you are in luck, you’ll even have the chance to snorkel with the wild dolphins as they swim in the waters below; a truly magical experience like no other.

Back on land, a guided walk along the Levada do Rei will take you through the forests and terraces that surround the beautiful valley of Sao Jorge. Walking through ancient laurel forest, keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife as you head towards a gorgeous waterfall and savour the beautiful scenery of this stunning island.


Image credits: Perttu Saksa & Madeira Promotion Bureau

Departures

Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
28/06/2019 05/07/2019 Available £1345
05/07/2019 12/07/2019 Available £1335
12/07/2019 19/07/2019 Available £1355
19/07/2019 26/07/2019 Available £1375
26/07/2019 02/08/2019 Available £1545
02/08/2019 09/08/2019 Available £1595
09/08/2019 16/08/2019 Available £1545
16/08/2019 23/08/2019 Available £1535
23/08/2019 30/08/2019 Available £1510
30/08/2019 06/09/2019 Available £1415
06/09/2019 13/09/2019 Available £1455
13/09/2019 20/09/2019 Available £1355
20/09/2019 27/09/2019 Available £1335
27/09/2019 04/10/2019 Available £1325
04/10/2019 11/10/2019 Available £1310
11/10/2019 18/10/2019 Available £1310
18/10/2019 25/10/2019 Available £1335

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