MADEIRA – by EXOTIK JOURNEYS   2021

Summary

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.

ABOUT MADEIRA

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 islandBoat 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

INCLUSIONS

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**

16SEP-31OCT21

01JUL-31AUG21 01SEP-15SEP21
In double occ. $799 $899 $1129 $1259 $999
In single occ.

(car single use)

$1499 $1749 $1799 $2399 $1899
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
Group CWMR

(Renault Megane Station Wagon A/C or similar)

$190 $249 $249 $389 $249
Group CCAR

(Renault Megane Automatic A/C or similar)

$579 $500 $500 $789 $500

NOTE: 29March-04Apr21 and 26Apr-05May21 and 12Jul-15Aug21: supplements applicable. Will inform upon confirmation.

Prices in this document are for information only; they were issued at press time for the current year. Please note that due to exchange rates and temporary promotions, they can increase or decrease anytime. Contact your travel agent for the price and promotion of the moment.

 

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MADEIRA SELF DRIVE
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

1

DAY 1 FUNCHAL


Welcome to Funchal. Upon arrival, go to the car-rental desk to pick up your vehicle and drive to your first hotel in Funchal.
Accommodation: Hotel Pestana Village 4* or similar for 2 nights
2

DAY 2 FUNCHAL


Today we suggest to explore the city. Enjoy a large choice of museums and churches, the local market “Mercado dos Lavradores”, gardens and a character old town.
You should not lose the chance to take the cable car up to the beautiful little village of Monte from where you can toboggan (in a wicker basket!) most of the way back down to Funchal
During your stay, we recommend a visit the Nun’s valley village surrounded by extinct volcanoes and high mountains. Back in the 16th century nuns fled their convent in Funchal when it came under attack from pirates. The village is very isolated and the fertile soil allowed locals mainly live of what they grow. The local chestnuts are delicious and are used in everyday cooking. (B)
3

DAYS 3 - 4 FUNCHAL - PONTA DO SOL (24KM)


Drive along the west coast to Ponta do Sol, the main centre for banana production on the island.
Our suggestions of activities would be:
– Câmara de Lobos, an attractive fishing village whose most famous visitor was Winston Churchill. He liked to go there and do some painting.
– Cabo Girão, the second highest sea cliff in the world which offers fantastic views along the south coast and to the sea a dizzying 580m below you.
– Ribeira Brava (‘Wild River’), a pleasant place to spend some time. You may wish to visit one of Madeira’s finest museums, the Ethnographic Museum.
– Calheta, the former sugar cane cultivation centre. Also there is a small artificial and protected sandy beach (sand imported from the Canaries). (B)
Accommodation: Hotel 1905 Zino’s Palace or similar for 2 nights
4

DAY 5 PONTA DO SOL - SÃO VICENTE (21KM)


Leave from Ponta do Sol direction to São Vicente, São Vicente’s old town is worth seeing and stay, with its cobbled streets and beautiful church it is another of Madeira’s prettiest villages.
On your way, we suggest following attractive sites on the west side of the Island:
– Village Jardim do Mar (can only be visited on foot). Take a stroll around the village and down to the promenade (sea defences). It is a charming place.
– You might like to visit a mini zoo and herb garden in the village of Prazeres which has a well maintained mini zoo with llamas, Vietnamese pigs and more. Here you will also find flowers, fruits, and an herb garden and tea house.
– Ponta do Pargo – if you go down to the lighthouse (Farol) you will be at the westernmost point of the island.
– Then continue to Porto Moniz, well known for its natural sea pools formed in volcanic rock. You could perhaps take a swim here!
While staying in São Vicente you should visit nearby the Lava Caves. These caves were formed some 400,000 years ago thanks to a volcanic eruption but they were only discovered in 1855 and opened in 1997. After your visit to the caves you can enjoy a wonderful 3D film on the volcanic eruption which formed Madeira. This is included in the entrance fee to the caves (entrance fee not included).
Driving south you will find Encumeada (1007 meters high) from where you may see both the north and the south coast. (B)
Accommodation: Hotel Estalagem do Vale 4* or similar for 1 night
5

DAYS 6 - 7 SAO VICENTE- SANTA CRUZ (53KM)


Continue to explore the northeast coast via São Jorge (recommend a visit to the church) and Santana considered one of the most attractive villages on Madeira, due to its stunning location, you must also view the unusual houses, peculiar to this area. These are known in Portuguese “As Palheiros” (‘haylofts’) and are tiny thatched houses shaped like the letter ‘A’.
From Santana to Santa Cruz take the road to Ribeiro Frio (‘cold river’), to Poiso, this means ‘resting place’ and was a traditional stop for travellers, where they can appreciate the fantastic view across to both coastlines.
For stunning views ascend above the clouds to Pico do Arieiro (with 1810m high), the second highest peak on the island.
Overnight for 2 nights in Hotel Vila Galé Santa Cruz and discover the East Coast of Madeira Island:
– Camacha, the wicker-work village. One of the most popular tourist sights here is the modern style church ‘O Relogio’. Next to this church, is the Clock Café with its fantastic exhibition of wicker-work articles ranging from small baskets up to complete furniture. This is the only place you can see wicker-work production on the island as it is a cottage industry.
From here drive to the pretty fishing village of Caniçal, once the most famous whaling village on the island. This practice was outlawed in 1981 – nowadays the only reminders lie in the Museum of Whaling (Museu da Baleia). You will find some excellent fish restaurants.
On the way back to your hotel we suggest that you explore the first capital of Madeira, Machico, the second biggest city in Madeira and one of the centres for boat building on the island. (B)
Accommodation: Hotel Vila Gale Santa Cruz 4* or similar for 2 nights
6

DAY 8 FUNCHAL


Return the car rental to Funchal today. End of services. (B)

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