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Known as the ‘floating flower garden’, the beautiful island of Madeira is situated in the Atlantic Ocean between the Canaries and Portugal. This Portuguese territory is lapped by the waters of the Gulf Stream and was discovered in the 15th century by explorers in the service of Prince Henry the Navigator. In fact, it is the summit of an underwater mountain.

Offering the visitor a kaleidoscope of visual treats, with green terraced mountainsides, a superb climate, dramatic rocky outcrops and picturesque villages, Madeira has it all. With a tour of the city of Funchal, free time to relax by the sea and an excursion taking in the best viewing points and beauty spots of eastern Madeira, this botanical paradise will leave you with lasting memories. 

Coach transfer to and from Belfast (Glengall Street) to Dublin Airport on selected dates.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
WET (Western European Time)
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Climate
Subtropical climate with warm summers and extremely mild winters.
Food & Drink

 Madeira has many traditional specialities, including the ‘bolo de caco’ bread, and beef cooked on a skewer with garlic, bay leaves and sea salt. Try the açorda, a soup made of large pieces of bread, garlic, poached egg, winter savory and olive oil.  Fresh tuna and scabbard fish are popular, as are tasty dishes made from bacalhau (dried cod).

Enjoy a glass or two of the renowned Madeira wine, which also makes a good souvenir to take home
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.30
  • Beer: €1.74
  • Glass of wine: €2.50
  • Meal: €7.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.19
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Sun cream
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

Heart of the Storm by Rexanne Becnal

Past Caring by Robert Goddard

Tango in Madeira by Jim Williams

Holiday highlights

East Madeira

On this tour, sights include the Terreiro da Luta where a statue of our Lady of Peace is located, then on to Pico do Arieiro, Madeira’s third highest peak at an altitude of 5.430 feet. Ribeiro Frio Natural Park is home to a trout hatchery and the Levada trail boasts the viewpoint of Balcões. 

Portela

Portela stands an impressive 2,000 feet above sea level, giving beautiful panoramic views of the impressive rock formations and a part of the North coast.

Madeira Botanical Gardens

Located in Funchal, the Botanical Gardens provides fantastic panoramic views over the mountainous backdrop, the city below and its bay with the deep blue waters of the Atlantic. The Botanical Gardens also provides a cable car ride that crosses the breath-taking Joao Gomes Stream Valley and travels high above the city of Funchal to the historical village of Monte.

Markets

Regional markets sell a vast selection of agricultural products and local food specialties to be consumed there or to take away. Usually taking place during the weekends, you will find these classic markets throughout the island. The Mercado dos Lavradores market in Funchal’s Old Town is a must see for many visiting tourists.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
WET (Western European Time)
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Climate
Subtropical climate with warm summers and extremely mild winters.
Food & Drink

 Madeira has many traditional specialities, including the ‘bolo de caco’ bread, and beef cooked on a skewer with garlic, bay leaves and sea salt. Try the açorda, a soup made of large pieces of bread, garlic, poached egg, winter savory and olive oil.  Fresh tuna and scabbard fish are popular, as are tasty dishes made from bacalhau (dried cod).

Enjoy a glass or two of the renowned Madeira wine, which also makes a good souvenir to take home
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.30
  • Beer: €1.74
  • Glass of wine: €2.50
  • Meal: €7.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.19
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Sun cream
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

Heart of the Storm by Rexanne Becnal

Past Caring by Robert Goddard

Tango in Madeira by Jim Williams

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Madeira

Travel To Madeira

Upon arriving in Funchal, you will be met by our local representative in the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 - Funchal

Morning

Funchal

Begin your holiday with a guided tour of the charming city of Funchal, which includes a visit to the colourful town market, the splendid Botanical Gardens, a traditional embroidery factory, and finish with a session of wine tasting. Within the 80,000 square metres of gardens, visitors will encounter a truly fascinating collection of more than 2,500 plant species at the gardens, and they will also enjoy spectacular views.

Afternoon

At Leisure

You will have the evening at your leisure to explore Funchal further.

Day 3 - At Leisure

At Leisure

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax at the hotel, stroll to the nearby Lido or check out the shops and cafes in the surrounding area. We suggest you take a ride on the Funchal Passenger Ropeway which is a cable car that runs from central Funchal to the village of Monte. It offers great views of the city and is popular with tourists and locals alike.

Day 4 - Crater Tour

Morning

Crater Tour

Today, you will take a fascinating half day crater tour, where you will enjoy scenic stops at the Pico dos Barcelos and Eira do Serrado volcano craters. Take in spectacular views of the craters, surrounding hills and deep valleys. The tour will end with a visit to the quirky and charming village of Monte.

Afternoon

Monte

Day 5 - East Island

Morning

East Island

Today you will set off for a full day East Island tour, taking in some of Madeira’s most renowned natural sites and beauty spots. These include the peak of Pico do Arieiro, the beautiful Ribeiro Frio trail, Santana, Faial Island, Portela, the Farol da Ponta de São Lourenço lighthouse and Machico, with breath-taking panoramic views all the way.

Day 6 - At Leisure & Traditional Madeiran Evening

Morning

At Leisure

Today is a free day for relaxing, shopping, and sightseeing at your own pace. Your guide will be happy to make suggestions for places to see and things to do.

Evening

Traditional Madeiran Evening

In the evening, you will attend a typical local restaurant for a delicious dinner and an entertaining folklore show.

Day 7 - At Leisure

At Leisure

Take another day to relax at the pool or by the sea, or do some last-minute souvenir shopping.

Day 8 - Return Home

Morning

Return Home

You will be transferred to the airport with guide assistance for your flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Melia Mare Hotel 5

The stylish Melia Mare Hotel is perfectly situated in Funchal's resort area, with breathtaking views over the Atlantic Ocean and easy access to the sea-front promenade as well as the small Praia do Gorgulho cobble stone beach. With its generously proportioned terraces, an extensi... read more read more read more

The stylish Melia Mare Hotel is perfectly situated in Funchal's resort area, with breathtaking views over the Atlantic Ocean and easy access to the sea-front promenade as well as the small Praia do Gorgulho cobble stone beach. With its generously proportioned terraces, an extensive range of leisure facilities and well-appointed accommodation, this hotel is an ideal choice for a special occasion holiday in Madeira.  

Hotel address
Melia Mare Hotel
Rua Leichlingen 2-4
9000-003 Funchal
Madeira
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*Some hotel facilities are seasonally operated and may not be available at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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