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Portugal

Madeira Pearl of the Atlantic
Purpose: Relaxation, Discovery, Culture
No. of days: 5 days - 4 nights
First & Last Cities: Funchal
Other cities: Camara de Lobos, Curral das Freiras, Calheta, Porto Moniz, São Vincente, Santana
Starting cost: $1,175

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Day 1: Funchal

Upon arrival at Funchal airport, you’ll be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel in the city. Rest of the day at leisure to rest and relax. Overnight in Funchal.

 

Day 2: Funchal (Camara de Lobos, Curral das Freiras)

Breakfast at the hotel. Leaving Funchal towards the west, you will discover the small fishing town typical of Câmara de Lobos and the Cap Girão, the highest promontory in Europe and the second highest in the world with 580 meters. The former English first minister, Winston Churchill, painted this exceptional portrait when he visited the island in 1950. It is in this commune that the singular parish of Curral das Freiras is located. Situated in a deep valley, Curral das Freiras offers one of the most impressive landscapes of the island, attracting the admiration of all visitors with its breathtaking panoramas (over 500 meters above sea level at the Eira do Serrado viewpoint). Return to Funchal. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Funchal.

 

Day 3: Funchal (Calheta, Porto Moniz, São Vincente)

Breakfast at the hotel. Take the direction of the sunny coasts of Ponta do Sol and Calheta, very rich in bathing areas that invite you to swim. You can also visit the Casa das Mudas Arts Center, which offers an extensive cultural program through-out the year. The beaches of the picturesque villages of Jardim and Paul do Mar offer sports lovers excellent surfing. Then take the direction of Porto Moniz and regain strength, during an invigorating bath in the famous natural swimming pools dug into the rock. The journey continues in the direction of São Vicente, on a road dotted with waterfalls and where the contrast between the majestic green and the crystalline blue of the waters of the sea is obvious. Here you can visit the caves and the center of Volcanism, the exhibition center - Lime Road or simply walk through the narrow streets of this charming little town. Return to Funchal. Overnight in Funchal.

 

Day 4: Funchal (Santana)

Breakfast at the hotel. Head towards the town of Santana, declared Reserve of the Biosphere in 2011 by UNESCO. This reserve incorporates a terrestrial element, corresponding to the whole surface of the municipality, but also a marine element, which presents a great diversity of natural, human, landscape, environmental and cultural values of local, regional, national and international interest. The municipality was for a very long time inaccessible by sea and by land, its inhabitants have preserved characteristics that have not undergone external influences. One of the examples of this isolation is the architectonic style of its typical houses with thatched roof more commonly known as "Santana's small houses". Return to Funchal. Overnight in Funchal.

 

Day 5: Funchal, USA

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check-out. At the appointed time our representative will pick you up to transfer you to Funchal Airport where you’ll board your connecting flight home via Lisbon.

 

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