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.
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