Madeira - Portugal’s Garden Island

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Run by: Artisan Travel

Reference number: 5523

From: £1245.00

Although relatively small in size, Madeira is absolutely brimming with flora and fauna. Thanks to the sub-tropical climate, the island enjoys warm temperatures for most of the year. The tall mountains capture the water from the clouds and irrigate the lands below, creating landscapes full of colour and beauty. Flowers and fruit trees line the hills and terraces and every possible bit of space is utilised to grow fresh fruits and vegetables in the fertile volcanic soil.

The island has several fantastic landscaped gardens, as well as many beautiful household plots. This trip includes a visit to one of the smaller, yet more interesting private gardens of Palheiro, as well as stops at vineyards and picturesque villages across the island. From your base in Funchal, you can also visit other botanical gardens and public parks, which are filled with colour and fascinating plant species.

A trip to Madeira wouldn’t be complete without walking along one of the many levadas that weave through the island, which is why we have included two. Levadas are small irrigation channels which transport water from the mountains, down to the fields and villages below. They gently wind through the mountains, hugging the contours as the water flows from the steep, jagged peaks up high, to the terraces and gardens below. The levada routes make for fantastic walks as you follow the water on its path downhill and enjoy spectacular views of the mountains, ravines and luscious forests.

From east to west, the island has a huge variety of stunning vistas and dramatic landscapes, which is why this itinerary includes tours to both parts of the island so that you can appreciate the overwhelming beauty of this fantastic archipelago. Wine tasting, fresh local food and swimming in the warm waters that surround Madeira will create lasting memories.

Furthermore, you’ll even get to enjoy a day trip to the smaller, neighbouring island of Porto Santo, which is home to a fabulous sandy beach and charming town.

Based in Funchal, you can take a walk along the harbour and venture into the old town, which is filled with local restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as incredible art galleries, markets and shops. This vibrant and friendly town is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the fabulous culture and history of Madeira.


Credit:, Francisco Correia & Visit Maderia 

Departures

Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
21/06/2019 28/06/2019 Available £1245
28/06/2019 05/07/2019 Available £1295
05/07/2019 12/07/2019 Available £1255
12/07/2019 19/07/2019 Available £1275
19/07/2019 26/07/2019 Available £1295
26/07/2019 02/08/2019 Available £1465
02/08/2019 09/08/2019 Available £1465
09/08/2019 16/08/2019 Available £1415
16/08/2019 23/08/2019 Available £1410
23/08/2019 30/08/2019 Available £1375
30/08/2019 06/09/2019 Available £1325
06/09/2019 13/09/2019 Available £1375
13/09/2019 20/09/2019 Available £1275
20/09/2019 27/09/2019 Available £1265
27/09/2019 04/10/2019 Available £1255
04/10/2019 11/10/2019 Available £1255
11/10/2019 18/10/2019 Available £1255
18/10/2019 25/10/2019 Available £1275

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