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Excursions in Madeira
2011
½ day trips without déjeuneur

Funchal, fragrance of nature
Tour of Funchal, the famous market town Lavradores back and multicolored stalls ... Continue with a visit to the Botanical Gardens: 6 acres of gardens overlooking the bay of Funchal, more than 2000 varieties of flowers, trees and plants. Then, in a traditional cellar tasting some great wines of the island such as Sercial, Verdelho, Boal or the Malvasia.

Funchal of yesteryear
Depending on the group size, visit the former mansion of the "Quinta das Cruzes" (furniture, metalwork, ceramics, archaeological park harboring endemic species) or "Religious Art Museum", located in the former Episcopal Palace which shows the prosperous era of managed trade sugar (gold sacred religious sculptures and paintings of the Dutch school of the 15th and 16th centuries). Then explore on foot the historical center of Funchal ending with a visit to the church of the College (Jesuit masterpiece of 17th and 18th centuries) or other church interests.

Eira do Serrado - Monte
Beautiful panoramic view of Funchal from the Pico dos Barcelos. Through the forest of laurel and eucalyptus, you would be reaching the belvedere of Eira do Serrado (1094m), which dominates a large mountainous amphitheater is nestled where the Curral das Freiras ("the refuge of nuns"). A Monte visitere the basilica which houses the tomb of the first Emperor Charles of Austria. Walk in the garden or down municipal aboard "sleds" wicker pulled by strong men (payable locally).

Traditions and flowers
Guided tour of Santa Catarina Park, lung center that offers a splendid view of the bay and the port. Visit the Sé Cathedral. Then visited a workshop embroidery shop, where you will discover the painstaking work of this regional handicraft. Visit a greenhouse with orchids.

Wicker and levada
Enjoy the traditional craft of basketry Camacha in the largest factory in the region. The "levadas" irrigation canals that meander through the mountains over 2000km to irrigate farmland, became the venue for hikers and nature lovers. During a stroll of about 2 hours, you will discover the Madeiran countryside (although the course be fairly flat, clothes you comfortable walking shoes are required).

Discover a garden
The gardens of "quintas" mansions Madeira are part of the heritage of the island. Depending on the season, you will be guided to discover the richness Botanical Garden and Monte Palace Tropical Garden Quinta Palheiro Ferreiro. One belongs to José Berardo Foundation has embellished the garden created in the 18th century and the other is owned by the Blandy family since 1885. Both are full of green spaces, native plants and exotic spaces.

Jeep safari in the center of the island
This circuit all-terrain vehicle, ideal for reaching difficult to access locations and little frequented, takes you to the center of the island. Landscapes and emotions will be at the rendezvous.

Boat trips
(Tours subject to weather conditions)

Santa Maria de Colombo (1/2 day)
Câmara de Lobos built in the late 20th century, the magnificent replica of the caravel of Columbus now travels the waves Madeira. This 3 hour tour will take you back to the 15th century and you can imagine the emotions when sailors first discovered the Madeira Islands.

Catamaran Cruise (half day)
On board a beautiful catamaran, you will go off in search of dolphins. Then you head to the south-west towards the cliffs of Cabo Girão where, at anchor, you will have the opportunity to swim in the sea or you Remember towels or sunscreen. 3 hours of relaxation. Drinks and snacks available on board (extra charge).

Whale watching (half day)
Transfer to the city for a short presentation (10 minutes) on dolphins and whales before returning to the port and go for an amazing experience. Accompanied by a marine biologist, you leave open sea (2h) á board a fast boat to observe these marine mammals. Take your towel and sunscreen. Mineral water inclusive á board. Do not miss.

Whale watching and dolphin swimming nearby (activity reserved for vacationers in good physical condition who can use mask and snorkel) (1/2 day)
Minibus (unaccompanied) downtown to a small set (10m) on dolphins and whales before returning to the port and go for an unusual experience. Accompanied by a biologist, you get out in the open sea (2h) aboard a rigid inflatable boat fast to observe these marine mammals. Two by two, swimming in the sea near the dolphins. Unique emotions in perspective. Take your towel and sunscreen. Including mineral water on board.

Cap on Deserted Islands and whale watching (1 day)
Transfer to the port and guidance on a speedboat towards the Deserted Islands archipelago, a nature reserve protecting birds and sea lions output will take approximately 6 hours (1 hour before a boat dock on one of the islands and 4 hours on the site). A marine biologist guide whale watching. Light lunch served on board, beer, soft drinks and mineral water included. Remember nor your towels or sunscreen.

Day trips - with lunch

East Tower
The neck Poiso (1400m) you will reach the Pico do Arieiro (1810m), the second highest point of the island: impressive landscape of steep gorges and solidified lava. Continuations to the natural park of Ribeiro Frio and trout farming. The route continues jusqu'un Santana, a village famous pros typical houses with thatched roofs. Lunch (3 course meal with red or white wine and water at discretion, coffee). In the afternoon, drive to Porto da Cruz, through a very fertile area with many terraced fields. Portela viewpoint stop before reaching the Pointe de São Lourenço, torn, tormented, swept on all sides by the sea The return will be by Machico, which was the first capital of the island.

West Tower
By the coastal route, starting in the direction of Funchal Câmara de Lobos, a picturesque fishing port. Off to Cabo Girão, one of the highest cliffs in Europe, culminating in 580m altitude. The route passes through the seaside resort of Ribeira Brava, in the direction of Ponta do Sol region are cultivated bananas and sugar cane. Crossing the plateau de Paul da Serra to Port Moniz, a fishing village known for its natural pools carved in black basalt rocks. Lunch (3 courses, wine and water at discretion, coffee). Continue to the traditional village of São Vicente (stop). Through the valley, you will reach the neck of Encumeada (panorama on the whole island to 1007m altitude). Back to Funchal.

Jeep safari (east / west / south-or west)
Drivers of 4 × 4 vehicles, with power to guide you off the beaten track and will satisfy your thirst for adventure and unusual. Mountains, forests and ravines make these unforgettable days. Typical lunch with drinks horns day.

Boat jeep
A casual day in the great outdoors that combines a walk to discover the maritime landscape in all-terrain vehicles. In the morning, the circuit all-terrain vehicle ride from the center of the island. Déjeuneur en route to a restaurant (3 courses, wine and water at discretion, coffee). Your driver will drop you off at the port of Funchal, where you board a beautiful catamaran á search of dolphins. Near the cliffs of Cabo Girão, at anchor, you will have the opportunity to swim in the sea or you Remember towels or sunscreen. 3 hours of relaxation. Drinks and snacks available on board (extra charge). Transfer you back to the hotel.

HIKING - day with picnic
Choosing a hike, depending on your level (easy, medium and hard). During this excursion accompanied by a guide, let yourself be seduced by the exuberance of nature and enter into the secrets of the island. Most roads along the "Levada" and into the heart of the primeval forest. The selected routes are planned for 3 to 4 hours walk. Qu'accessibles well to all those who have the habit of walking, there are different degrees of difficulty. Your picnic (with drinks) will be provided at the time of departure. A flashlight, clothing and comfortable walking shoes are required.

Hotel Baia Azul ****
Madère

Located in the tourist center in front of the sea and 2.5 km from the city center (free shuttle).

Its large 215 double rooms are very well decorated and all have air conditioning, satellite television, radio, video channel, hairdryer, mini bar and personal safe, almost all with balcony and sea view.
The hotel has a squash court, gymnasium, sauna, whirlpool, games room (ping-pong and billiards) and conference room (maximum 400 people) two Hatco Heated pools, 2 bars, 1 restaurant and a coffee shop.

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