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Gardens of Madeira
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Gardens of Madeira

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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. You'll also have plenty of time to admire the wonderful gardens, overflowing with colourful flowers and lush foliage and enjoy a visit to the Botanical Gardens of Funchal, 80,000 square metres of garden that is home to a truly fascinating collection of more than 2,500 plant species.

Iain MacDonald, a qualified and experienced gardener and guide, escorts this tour; he will be available at all times to help and advise you.

 

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 Island Tour

On this tours, sights include the Terreiro da Luta where a statue of our Lady of Peace is, then 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. 

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. 

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.

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

Afternoon

Travel To Madeira

Upon arriving in Funchal, you will be met by our local representative in the airport and transferred to your hotel. You will have the remainder of the day to relax.

Day 2 - Botanical Gardens & Quinta da Boa Vista

Full Day

Botanical Gardens & Quinta da Boa Vista

This morning, visit the Botanical Gardens of Funchal, a 80,000 square metres of garden that is home to a truly fascinating collection of more than 2,500 plant species. Situated on an elevated site, the garden also has spectacular views over Funchal. After free time for lunch, continue your journey to the Quinta da Boa Vista, one of the best collections of orchids and rare exotic plants in the world. You will have the afternoon at your leisure to explore Funchal further.

Day 3 - East Coast of Madeira

Full Day

East Coast of Madeira

Enjoy a full day tour exploring the East Coast of Madeira, taking in some of Madeira’s most renowned natural sites and beauty spots. Starting with a visit to the wickerwork village of Camancha, you will also visit 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 4 - Funchal & Santa Catarina Garden

Morning

Funchal & Santa Catarina Garden 

Today you will take a guided tour of the charming city of Funchal, including a visit to the colourful town market, a traditional embroidery factory and the President’s Garden. Next continue on to Santa Catarina Garden, a lovely calm space with a lake and places to sit and enjoy the spectacular views of the bay of Funchal. 

Day 5 - Monte Palace Gardens & Gardens of Quinta daz Cruzes

Full Day

Monte Palace Gardens & Gardens of Quinta daz Cruzes

Enjoy a full day excursion taking in the Monte Palace Gardens including free time for lunch. Continue in the afternoon to the gardens of Quinta daz Cruzes, a hectare of orchids, camphor, palm and eucalyptus trees, and wonderful archaeological structures.

Day 6 - Palheiro Gardens

Afternoon

Palheiro Gardens

After a morning at leisure, enjoy an afternoon tour to the wonderful Palheiro Gardens located in the hills to the east of Funchal. The rest of the day is free for sightseeing and shopping of your own choice.

Day 7 - 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 8 - Return Home

Afternoon

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

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Girassol Hotel 4

Hotel Girassol, renovated in 2017 in a modern, welcoming style, is located just 300m from the seafront in the popular Lido area of Funchal and 2km from the city centre. The suite-style rooms are generous in size and the property offers pleasant gardens and outdoor areas as well a... read more read more read more

Hotel Girassol, renovated in 2017 in a modern, welcoming style, is located just 300m from the seafront in the popular Lido area of Funchal and 2km from the city centre. The suite-style rooms are generous in size and the property offers pleasant gardens and outdoor areas as well as a bar and lounge, where guests can relax in comfort.

Hotel address
Girassol Hotel
Estrada Monumental, 256


Funchal
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