MADEIRA – by EXOTIK JOURNEYS 2021
Portugal Covid extra protection p 2
Madeira introduction p 3-4
Madeira Self Drive p 5-9
Funchal 14-night Long Stay Lido area p 10-16
Funchal short stay with excursion option p 17-20
Madeira Unlimited Golf Week p 21-25
Jeep excursion private p 26-27
Madeira regular walks p 28-30
Right in the middle of the Atlantic, the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo are a haven of natural beauty. The exotic colours of the flowers stand out from among the blue sea and the emerald green vegetation. This is an archipelago where two thirds are a protected area and where the largest Laurisilva forest in the world is located.
Take advantage of the new Portugal Insurance and travel safe.
Portugal stepped up with a special travel insurance coverage for people who may be hesitant to book a vacation because of COVID-19.
Portugal Travel Insurance is available through RNA Assistance Insurance starting from $57 per person, at https://www.portugaltravelinsurance.com/en
Coverage extends to the entire country and includes medical, surgical, pharmaceutical and hospital expenses associated with COVID-19, as well as expenses due to cancellation, interruption, or extension of travel due to the pandemic.
The country’s tourism board, Visit Portugal, says it is supporting the insurance initiative for international visitors, adding that it complements other recent programs including the Clean & Safe seal and the renewal of the Portugal Health Passport, which covers COVID-19 tests for visitors.
Canadians can travel to Portugal without restrictions, and only need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test (taken within 72 hours of arrival) if they’re heading to Madeira or the Azores.
Right in the middle of the Atlantic, the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo are a haven of natural beauty. The exotic colours of the flowers stand out from among the blue sea and the emerald green vegetation; this is an archipelago where two thirds are a protected area and where the largest Laurisilva forest in the world is located.
The springtime temperature, felt all year round, cries out for open air activities. You can go for a walk along the network of levadas (irrigation channels), visit the city of Funchal and discover the heritage associated with the discoveries or roam freely around the island. Boat rides are an excellent way of admiring the coastline from a different perspective
In such a naturally welcoming environment, balance and well-being are taken for granted. Madeira offers various tourist complexes and accesses to the sea with prime conditions for leisure boating and scuba diving. The island of Porto Santo, in particular, is the ideal place to escape from stress and undertake a thalassotherapy programme, or a beach holiday combined with a spot of golf.
Popular feasts, which take place all year round, are opportunities to appreciate traditional gastronomic flavours and see Madeira partying, especially during the Carnival parades, the Flower Festival, the Atlantic Festival and, above all, the end-of-year fireworks display.
At whatever time of year, its mild climate makes Funchal the ideal destination for a short break. There are many places to visit in this 500-year old city, several of which are unmissable…
The best way to visit Funchal’s historic city centre is to do it by foot. The tour begins at the Gothic Cathedral, built in the 16th century. Upon entering, look up to admire the precious alfarge ceiling (an Iberian decorative multiform style) in cedar wood carved in the Mudejar style. Visit also the Collegiate Church, whose sober facade hides an interior rich in 17th century gilt woodwork, altar pieces and tile panels.
On the opposite side of the Largo do Município, in the former Bishop’s Palace, is the Museum of Sacred Art, the core of whose collection is Flemish art of the 15th and 16th centuries, evidence of the trade contacts with Flanders, to which sugar cane grown on the island was sold. Tasting this and other local flavours at the Farmers’ Market provides plenty to occupy the senses: from exotic fruits to traditional delights such as
bolo de mel (honey cake), you mustn’t forget also the craft shops, the flower sellers wearing traditional
costumes and the lively fishmongers’ stalls.
Go on to the old town, to the São Tiago Fort, which houses the Museum of Contemporary Art. Find out the most appreciated products in the region in the Embroidery and Wine Museums. Here you can learn all about the beautiful pieces of delicate lace, and the fortified wine that gained fame in the 17th and 18th centuries,
when it was highly appreciated in the European courts.
To finish this tour, we suggest a visit to the village of Camacha, just nine kilometres from Funchal, well known for its wicker crafts and folklore. A highlight is the traditional dance of the region – the animated “Bailinho da Madeira”, whose rhythm is marked by the “brinquinho”, a curious piece of handicrafts made of castanets, ribbons and wooden figures. You can see a live performance while you have dinner in a typical restaurant, savouring gastronomic specialties like kebabs on bay sticks with fried maize. Delicious!
MADEIRA SELF DRIVE
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
- Daily breakfast
- 2 nights at Hotel Pestana Village 4* | Funchal www.pestana.com
- 2 nights at 1905 Zino’s Palace | Ponta do Sol https://www.1905zinospalace.com/en/
- 1 night at Hotel Estalagem do Vale 4* | São Vicente www.estalagemdovale.com
- 2 nights at Vila Galé Santa Cruz 4* | Santa Cruz https://www.vilagale.com/en/hotels/madeira/vila-gale-santa-cruz
- Car-hire Grp EDMR (Seat Ibiza A/C or similar) with Europcar – 1 week P/U + D/O from Funchal Airport.
- Included unlimited mileage, LDW (CDW+THW), ASC (Airport service charge).
Not included: flights, lunches, dinners, beverages, visit, entrances to sites, travel insurance and all item not mentioned under inclusions.
RATES PER PERSON IN $ CAD
|Price per person in $CAD||03JAN-31MAR21**||01APR-30APR21||01MAY-30JUN21**
|In double occ.||$799||$899||$1129||$1259||$999|
|In single occ.
(car single use)
|Upgrade for a larger car/supplement per 7 days car rental / per car (not per person):|
|Group CDMR (Renault Megane A/C or similar)||$125||$165||$165||$285||$165|
(Renault Megane Station Wagon A/C or similar)
(Renault Megane Automatic A/C or similar)
NOTE: 29March-04Apr21 and 26Apr-05May21 and 12Jul-15Aug21: supplements applicable. Will inform upon confirmation.
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