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Guided Winter Walking & Sightseeing

in Madeira, Portugal

  ITINERARY  MARCH 25 - April 05. 2022

Day 0  Friday March 25  Depart Toronto on overnight flight on SATA Air Azores to Madeira (via Ponta  Delgada Azores).  (Air fare not included in the cost)
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Day 1 - Saturday 
 March 26  Arrive Funchal Airport at 11 AM and transfer to the Galosol Hotel (about 20 minutes).   The Galo Resort offers many activities with yoga, fitness classes, rental bikes.  Later in the afternoon we have a short orientation walk to see the Cristo Rei statue that looks westward across the ocean to its counterpart facing eastward  from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before dinner there will be a short briefing by the guides.

Day 2 - Sunday  March 27
Morning at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the hotel. 
In the early afternoon our private transportation takes us to the Cabo Giro Viewpoint where one can step onto a large glass observation platform high above the sea. From here we continue  to our first walk on Levada do Norte with beautiful views over Camara de Lobos and Funchal interspersed with hidden green valleys.  It is a moderate walk with little ascent. 

Day 3  Monday  March 28  Funchal
This morning our private transportation takes us into the capital, Funchal, (about 20 minutes) where a local guide will lead us on a walking tour of the Old Town to see the 15th century Cathedral, Rua Santa Maria with its artistic doors, the colourful farmers’ market, Mercado dos Labradores, and the famous Blandys Winery, home of Madeira wine.  You may wish to stay in Funchal for lunch and perhaps in the afternoon explore some of the gardens. Madeira is known as "the island of eternal spring" because of its moderate climate. Flowers bloom year-round  and in winter you will be amazed at the botanical wonders. 

Day 4 Tuesday  - MARCH 29 full day walking and sightseeing
Today we travel to the town of Porto da Cruz on the north eastern side of the island. We have an easy levada walk and then free time for lunch in the town. In the afternoon we continue to the Sao Lourenco Peninsula where we walk to the end of the peninsula. The moderate 8km walk can be windy but the scenery is spectacular.  After the walk we stop in the town of Canical before returning to our hotel.  

Day 5 Wednesday - MARCH 30  free day
Enjoy the many fitness activities at the hotel.  Or you can visit the Funchal farmers' market to sample  tropical fruit such as custard apple, guava and oranges fresh from the tree.  Tasting your way through the town can include sampling passionfruit pudding or bolo de mel (honey cake) and , of course, Madeira wine.

Optional Whale/dolphin watching excursions might interest you.

Day 6  Thursday - MARCH 31
Today's walk follows a gentle levada path to a lovely viewpoint over the hills and woods of Rabacal before descending to Levada das 25 Fontes which will lead us via a tunnel through a mountain ridge to meet our coach.

Day 7  Friday  - APRIL 01
Today we walk in the Ribiero Frio region.  The levada walk is mostly through shady laurel forest that is a UNESCO heritage site. The tranquil path is lined by a vast array of flora and the sounds of unusual birds can be heard. It is an easy 11 km walk with a little descent at the end.

Day 8  Saturday   APRIL 02
Free day

Day 9 Sunday  APRIL 03
The area of Serra de Água is one of the most beautiful places of Madeira. From here you can see the south coast, Encumeada, Ribeira Brava and Campanário.  It is an easy hike with diverse flora and fauna.

Day 10 Monday  APRIL 04   free day
If a
Covid test for your return to Canada still necessary it is available at the clinic in Funchal

There are plenty of other more pleasant things to do in Funchal. An exploration of the town might include lunch sampling Madeiran specialties like a "prego"  (a steak or fish sandwich using  grilled "bolo do caco" bread  smeared with garlic butter and cheese and served warm). Try it with a glass of Madeira wine and follow it with some passionfruit ice-cream.

There is an OPTIONAL guided visit to the Monte Botanical Gardens.

Day 11 Tuesday  APRIL 05
Transfer to the Airport.

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