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Occasions - Scenic Madeira - 7 Nights

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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. It is, in fact, the summit of an underwater mountain.

Discover Madeira’s intriguing history and incomparable scenery, as you embark on a city tour of Funchal, explore the west of the island and experience a typical Madeiran evening of food and entertainment. There will also, of course, be plenty of free time to enjoy Madeira at your own pace. 

With this Occasions holiday, you will also enjoy fast track in Dublin airport, welcome gift on arrival at the hotel and all the documents posted.

Coach transfer is available in 2016 from Belfast (Glengall Street). Minimum numbers required for coach transfers from Belfast to Dublin to operate.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
GMT
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 some tempting specialities, including Bolo de Mel (honey cake), Espetada (beef cooked in garlic and salt, skewered on a bay leaf stick) and local scabbard fish with fried banana. To drink, try the locally invented cocktail Nikita, or a glass of home produced wine. The island’s most famous drink is the delicious fortified Madeira wine, which ranges in style from dry through to sweet.

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

West Madeira

On this day tour, enjoy stops at Camara de Lobos and the view point of Pico da Torre, which overlooking the picturesque fishing village. See Cabo Girão, the world’s second highest sea cliff, before travelling on to Ribeira Brava. Stop at the viewpoint of Encumeada, to see the view over both sides of the island before travelling on through Chão dos Louros to the village of São Vicente.

North Coast

Enjoy beautiful sceneries of the North Coast, and see lava pools at Porto Moniz. Drive through the plateau of Paul da Serra, stopping for an interesting view at Rabaçal.

Portela

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

Madeira Botanical Gardens

Located in Funchal, the Botanical Gardens provides spectacular panoramic views over the mountainous backdrop, the city below and its bay with the deep blue waters of the Atlantic. The Botanical Gardens also offers 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 all kinds 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 typical markets throughout the island. The Mercado dos Lavradores market in Funchal’s Old Town is a favourite among visiting tourists.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Euro (€)     
Local Time
GMT
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 some tempting specialities, including Bolo de Mel (honey cake), Espetada (beef cooked in garlic and salt, skewered on a bay leaf stick) and local scabbard fish with fried banana. To drink, try the locally invented cocktail Nikita, or a glass of home produced wine. The island’s most famous drink is the delicious fortified Madeira wine, which ranges in style from dry through to sweet.

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

Morning

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 Guided Tour

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.

Day 3 - At Leisure

Full Day

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 - West Island

Full Day

West Island

On this full day guided tour you will make your way along the west of the island, which has spectacular cliffs combined with a volcanic mountain backdrop. Carved into the cliff face, the north coast road paves the way to your stop in the village of Porto Moniz. Here the volcanic origins of the island are revealed as you discover the lava pools. Afterwards, you will explore the quirky little villages and towns of Camara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, and São Vicente. Lunch is included.

Day 5 - At Leisure

Full Day

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.

Day 6 - Levada Walk & Traditional Madeiran Evening

Morning

Levada Walk

Today, you will have a leisurely walk through the emerald green Paradise Valley, where you will see captivating views over quasi isolated villages and Camacha. The flower lined Levada Trail trickles along underneath a leafy canopy of Eucalyptus and Oak trees.

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

Full Day

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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