One week in Madeira

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It is possible to see the "essential" of Madeira (i. e. the island's former tourist libris) in one week; But you don't really have time to stroll along the levadas, and a trip to Porto Santo is very unlikely. Such a stay, ideal for short holidays (Easter holiday type) could be cut as follows:

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Botanical garden, panoramic terrace with views of Funchal. <p>The Old Blandy Madeira Wine Lodge.</p> View of the port made famous thanks to a painting by Sir Winston Churchill. <p>Ponta do Pargo.</p> <p>Above the St Vincent Valley, from the viewpoint of Bica da Cana, view of the Cordillera.</p> <p>From Mercator. Between CaboGirão and Rancho.</p>

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  • Funchal
  • Monte
  • Eira do Serrado
  • Curral Das Freiras
  • Câmara de Lobos
  • Cabo Girão
  • Ribeira Brava
  • Jardim do Mar
  • Ponta do Pargo
  • Porto Moniz
  • Seixal
  • São Vicente
  • Boaventura
  • São Jorge
  • Ilha
  • Santana
  • Porto da Cruz
  • Machico
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santo da Serra
  • Pico do Arieiro
  • Ribeiro Frio
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Details of the stay: One week in Madeira - 7 days

Day 1 : In the country of flowers

Visit of Funchal. The historic center in the morning; The botanical garden and the orchids (rather concise and right next door).

Day 2 : Visit of the tropical Park

Around Funchal. Eira do Serrado and Curral das Freiras, and Pico dos Barcelos belvedere in the morning; Monte and the tropical park as well as the visit of one or two museums in the afternoon.

Day 3 : Small peaceful villages

Câmara de Lobos, Cabo Girão, Ribeira Brava in the morning. Lunch in Ribeira Brava; Jardim do Mar and its peaceful atmosphere in the afternoon; sleep here or at Ponta do Pargo, or in Santa.

Day 4 : The natural swimming pools of Porto Moniz

Ponta do Pargo, Santa, detour through the Guañuna da Serra. Picnic in Rabaçal, for example; return to Santa, Porto Moniz (natural pools) and then "gold route" to Seixal (small beach). Sleep in Porto Moniz or Seixal.

Day 5 : On the road to gold

"Gold Route" to São Vicente (caves), Boa Ventura, Santana. Lunch in Santana or São Jorge; in the afternoon, walk in Queimadas to Caldeirão do Inferno (4 to 5 hours round trip) or to the Achada do Texeira plateau, or near Ilha. Sleep in Ilha or Santana (depending on your budget too).

Day 6 : Inside the island

East and Interior. Porto da Cruz (natural pools) on the coast, then direction Ribeiro Frio and the Balcões lookout; up to Pico do Arieiro; Lunch (picnic); return to the Embranchement line, then road to Santo da Serra, and descent to Machico (to sleep).

Day 7 : Last stroll in the capital.

In the morning, walk to Ponta de São Lourenço; a picnic (if there is not too much wind), return to Machico for lunch; then return to Funchal by Santa Cruz; last stroll in the capital.

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