Surging from the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira offers a temperate sub-tropical paradise perfect for year round walking. The islands volcanic origins provide a rich soil for a spectacular abundance of plant and animal life with over 120 endemic species including the pride of Madeira, the bird of paradise along with lilac jacaranda, tiny bisbis birds, chaffinches and hawks, the list is endless. Situated in the Portuguese archipelago, Madeira is known for its wine by the same name, along with its gastronomy and historical and cultural aspects including embroidery artisans.
On this self-guided inn to inn tour, you’ll explore the infinite variety the island has to offer; each day’s walk and every levada(the island’s unique network of water channels or aqueducts) are different. Landscapes vary from cultivated vineyards and verdant slopes dotted with white hamlets to coastal cliffs with stunning views over azure seas.
Your hotels are a study in contrasts as well; in Santana our hotel is surrounded by vineyards (join in the harvest if you’re there in September) and has its own wine cellar, in Santo da Serra the hotel was built in the 1920’s and has been used as a family home and tea house over the years and in Funchal, the 4**** Quinta da Bela Vista is one of the most exclusive hotels on the island.
Call our agents for more information on this or one of our other Winter or Spring destinations.