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Madeira: Blue Ocean Rute - 8 days

Madeira is an island of contrasts. It is an exotic paradise of flowers, birds and trees offering it's visitors exquisite panoramic views over the mountains and the deep blue sea that surrounds the island. It is filled with deep ravines and Steep Mountain slopes that were once covered with laurel woods and are now covered in picturesque terraces growing in local produce.


The “Blue Ocean Route” - A peaceful ride along the Coast!

7 Nights Accommodation in Four Star Hotels

Madeira is an island of contrasts. It is an exotic paradise of flowers, birds and trees offering it's visitors exquisite panoramic views over the mountains and the deep blue sea that surrounds the island. It is filled with deep ravines and Steep Mountain slopes that were once covered with laurel woods and are now covered in picturesque terraces growing in local produce. This can be noticed more in the southern part of the island, being the northern side more sparsely populated and separated from the southern side by the desolate mountain landscape in the middle. Madeira's unique environment and glorious natural beauty are just two of the many of the island's offering. There is an abundance of tropical fruits, Atlantic fresh fish and seafood and the famous Madeira wines. It is the ideal holiday destination for those simply wanting a restful retreat from the hectic pace of the 21st century living. Discover, explore and experience it through our Fly & Drive programs…

Day 1

Welcome to Madeira!
Upon arrival you will be welcomed and assisted by our rent-a-car representative. The car and an envelope with general information and a Madeira Map with the route description will be handed to you.
Check In at the Hotel and time to freshen up. After relax we suggest a visit to Machico (ca. 10m by car) is the town where Zarco, the discoverer of Madeira first landed back in 1419. Depending on your arrival time, you may want to stroll around Machico’s ocean side promenade, and visit the viewpoint of “Pico do Facho”, which is located north, just before the tunnel leading to Ponta de São Lourenço. The place offers a panoramic view over the Machico valley, including the peaks on the heart of the Island, and Ponta de São Lourenço. The Mother Church, from the 15th century, is considered the most important monument in the city. Other near by places worthwhile seeing: Caniçal is a well known fishing village. In the past, the parish was known for whaling, where it even had a factory. Without hiding its past, it keeps traces of that activity in a museum that is well worth visiting. Museu da Baleia (whale museum) is located at Largo Manuel Alves, in the centre of Caniçal. This is also a perfect opportunity to have a fresh fish meal - you will find excellent fish restaurants in Caniçal. Ponta de São Lourenço offers spectacular views and if you are feeling up to it, you may want to take a walk around the headland.
Overnight at Hotel, in Santa Cruz.

Day 2

Leaving Santa Cruz, take the road that leads to Funchal and exit when you see the sign indication to “Camacha”. Camacha is one of the largest inland villages of the island and the centre of the wicker industry. Stop here for a while, so that you may visit the warehouse to purchase, or just view the wicker work.  The warehouse contains all the usual goods, like baskets, trays and chairs, as well as some more unusual items. There are also working show rooms, available to view. Head north to Pico de Arieiro (5,937 ft, 1.818 m), from this summit, there are, on a clear   day, magnificent views over the north, south and centre of the island. Continue to Ribeiro Frio, and stop to visit the trout hatchery, tucked into the side of the mountain and surrounded by gardens.  Continue to drive down the mountain, until you reach the coastal Faial. This part of the coast is dominated by the magnificent rock outcrop, which rises out to the sea, and is called “Penha de Aguia” or “Eagles Eye”. Head further east until the village of Santana is reached. Sights to look out for include the traditional houses with thatched roofs, and the vineyards, planted densely along the road side. This part of the island is well known for the variety of agriculture it produces.
Overnight at the hotel, in Santana.

Day 3

Exploring Santana and its surroundings! The Madeira Theme Park in Santana is one of a kind in Portugal. It is a fantastic exhibition centre devoted to the history, science and traditions of the Madeira Archipelago. It occupies an area of 145,000 square metres and is a must for all visitors. The park’s main attraction is its four multimedia pavilions. In the Discovery of the Islands pavilion visitors relive the voyage of the discovery of the archipelago’s islands. They take a trip that is brought to life by scenery, projections, lighting and sound effects that the attraction a spectacular, fabulous quality. At the Future of the Earth pavilion we can see a dazzling multimedia show, reminding us of the need to protect and preserve the environment. The Fantastic Journey in Madeira pavilion puts on a show accompanying the adventures of a honeymoon couple in Madeira in an exciting trip through the spectacular landscapes of Madeira and Porto Santo, combining beauty and thrills. The World of Islands, Islands of the World pavilion talks about the history and culture of the islands in a varied exhibition of illustrated panels and videos explaining the origin of life, the discovery, humankind and nature, sugar, wine, tourism and Madeira today. A replica of the Monte train, the traditional oxcarts and nets, a typical Santana house, a windmill, a maze and a lake are some of the park’s other attractions.
The gardens with local Madeiran flora and footpaths are another asset to this cultural and scientific attraction. If you like trekking and appreciate the contact with the nature, we recommend walking along the Levadas. Levadas are water courses running round the mountains and were built by the first settlers to carry water to inaccessible farmland. Today they are one of Madeira’s greatest tourist attractions. We recommend the use of a guide for this type of activity. The path to the natural Parque of Queimadas though, is a gentle one and you can do it without assistance. The starting point is located in Pico das Pedras.
Overnight at the hotel, in Santana.

Day 4

Leaving Santana, take the road leading to São Vicente. Head west along the north coast via São Jorge (we suggest a visit to the wonderful church here). Further ahead, in Arco de São Jorge, you will find the beautiful gardens of “Quinta do Arco”. Historically, “Quintas” have been a kind of property associated to the Portuguese aristocracy and influential or wealthy members of society and evoke a life of abundance, nowadays many of them are transformed into museums, hotels, etc. In “Quinta do Arco” you can visit one of the largest collections of rosebushes in Portugal and have a invigorating tea. The collection consists of more than 1,000 different types of rose bushes. The rarest and most important are marked with their names and classes. Proceed to São Vicente by Boaventura and Ponta Delgada. Check in at hotel and freshen up.Visit the São Vicente grouts, where you can see the inner recesses of the island and the volcanic convulsions that gave birth to it. Take a 30-minute trip to the centre of the earth through the caves and their kilometers of lava channels. Follow the mysterious trail that will take you to the crystalline lakes in the company of the perfect background music.
Overnight at hotel, in São Vicente.

Day 5

The unveiling of the scenic North Coast!
Leaving São Vicente, head towards Seixal and Porto Moniz, a small village, famous for its volcanic rock pools, and discover one of the most beautiful points of the north coast, a road built on the rocks near the sea where we can admire the astonishing waterfalls.
In Porto Moniz, you may want to take a time to have a swim in the crystal clear waters of the natural pools, visit the Aquarium or the Living Science Centre – a kind of cultural centre for adults and children that houses national and international exhibitions.
Your final destination today is Prazeres.
When leaving Porto Moniz, take the Santa Road (nice viewing point when you reach the end of the hill) and proceed via Achadas da Cruz and Ponta do Pargo. If you go down to the lighthouse, you will find yourself at the westernmost point of the Island. This is a part of the island, where you still do not find tunnels and new roads.
Continue via Fajã da Ovelha until you reach Prazeres.
Overnight at hotel, in Prazeres.

Day 6

Before leaving Prazeres, we suggest a visit to the small ecological farm located there, by the church, in the centre of the village. It has several domestic animals and an herb garden as well, and they sell the products that they grow there – all kinds of teas and jellies too. We also suggest a visit to the village of Jardim do Mar and its ocean front promenade. Follow the coast to Funchal, passing Calheta - once a customs post for sugar exports. There is and old sugar cane factory there that can still be visited. Continue via  Madalena do Mar, Ponta do Sol and Ribeira Brava, where you will find the Ethnographic Museum and afterwards proceed to Funchal, by the freeway. Exit the freeway when you see a sign to Quinta Grande. Half away between Quinta Grande and Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, there is a 580-metre-high promontory called Cabo Girão. It is the highest in Europe and the second highest in the world. From here, you are rewarded with a vast, amazing panorama from Estreito de Câmara de Lobos to Funchal bay, and a spectacular view of the seascape bellow. A little to the west of Cabo Girão, down by the sea at the bottom of about 300 meters of the bare, dry rock, is a small “Fajã” (name given to a piece of fertile land formed by a long-ago landslide). Although Fajã dos Padres has only 50 inhabitants, it is an excellent tourist spot offering nautical sports and a local cuisine rich in fish and shellfish. You can get to Fajã dos Padres by sea or by road, though if you go by road you will have to use a panoramic elevator. An experience not to be missed! After that, you could visit Câmara de Lobos, a very picturesque fishing village (the most important in the Island) that Winston Churchill immortalized in his paintings.
Return to the freeway and carry on to Funchal. You will find hotel in Estrada Monumental (where most hotels are located) near shopping Centre “Madeira Forum”.
Overnight at hotel, in Funchal.

Day 7

Funchal – The “must see” Spots!
Funchal has a multiplicity of interesting sights worth a visit – museums, churches, the market, gardens and cable cars. From all, we strongly recommend a visit to Monte. Head towards the city centre, leave your car in the large car parking at the old part of town and proceed towards the cable car station. Once a board, the cable car takes you on trip up to Monte where the first image that you see is the twin-towered façade of the Church (18th Century), a landmark throughout the city. The cable car ride has a duration of approximately fifteen minutes, a course of 3,2 Km, in a magical symbiosis of colors and magnificent views, starts flying over the old part of town and higher up, crossing Ribeira de João Gomes and passing through less urbane areas, being the  main attraction the dazzling view of Funchal.
In Monte, take sometime to visit the beautiful Monte Palace Gardens and the Church of Our Lady of Monte. The best way to get back down to Funchal is by taking one of the carros de cestos (basket sledges), which make their way down the sharply winding the curves. You must trust the skills of the drivers (carreiros), and their braking system, which depends upon their boots. But after all, this is a traditional means of transport. The basket sledges will only take up to Livramento – from here you can either take a taxi or walk your way down to the old part of town. Other places of interest in Funchal centre: the Market (walking distance from the old part of town); the Embroidery Factory (just opposite to the market); the Cathedral which was built in the XV century (impressive example of the Manueline style of Portuguese architecture); the Madeira Wine Lodges (where you can taste and buy the famous Madeira Wine) and the Sacred Art Museum (famous for its Flemish Paintings from the XV and XVI centuries which found their way to the Island as a result of the flourishing sugar trade with Flanders) to mention only a few.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 8

If you decide not to stay in Funchal for a few more days, this is time do say goodbye.
Distance from Funchal to the airport is approximately 25 kilometers (25/ 30 minutes via the freeway).
Drop your car at the airport and have a nice trip back home – looking forward to welcoming you in Madeira again in the future!


This program includes: 

1 Night Accommodation on BB Basis in Hotel Vila Galé or similar (Santa Cruz)

 2 Nights Accommodation on BB Basis in Hotel Quinta do Furão or similar (Santana)

1 Night Accommodation on BB Basis in Estalagem do Vale or similar (São Vicente)
1 Night Accommodation on BB Basis in Hotel Jardim do Atlântico or similar (Prazeres)

2 Nights Accommodation on BB Basis in Hotel Baía Azul or similar (Funchal)
Car Rental Group B during 8 days with pick up/ drop off at Madeira Airport with CDW, taxes and VAT included.

Envelope with general information and Madeira map.


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