TRAVEL Carol in Madeira
Join Carol Klein on the island
Day 1 Arrival in Funchal Fly to Funchal and transfer to the centrally-located four-star Enotel Quinta do Sol, your hotel for seven nights.
Day 2 Funchal Take a walking tour of the historic centre of Funchal, overlooking the spectacular harbour and boasting grand 18th-century buildings with shaded courtyards. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of Madeira wine. This afternoon we visit the renowned Botanical Gardens at Funchal.
✿ Day 3 Eastern Maderia Explore the eastern seaboard, passing craggy coastlines and ancient forests. We call at sleepy Porto da Cruz and Santana, then discover the ancient Laurisilva forest of the UNESCO-listed Ribeiro Frio National Park.
✿ Day 4 Free day The whole day is free to use the hotel’s facilities or explore Funchal.
✿ Day 5 Monte Palace Tropical Garden and
Quinta Jardins do Largo Carol joins us for a tour of the Monte Palace Tropical Garden, accompanied by David Hurrion. The Oriental gardens are exquisite, complete with Asian-style bridges, arches and a pond filled with koi carp. They also house a historic tile collection. In the afternoon we visit the Botanical Gardens at Quinta Jardins do Largo before dinner at the hotel and a talk by Carol.
✿ Day 6 Palheiro Gardens and Belmond Reids This morning we visit Palheiro Gardens accompanied by Carol and David. Set in the hills overlooking Funchal, Palheiro was laid out in the early 19th century for the Count of Carvalhal before being acquired in the early 20th century by the Blandy family, famous wine producers. Over the next decades, the gardens were populated with thousands of plants from around the world, all flourishing in Madeira’s rich soils and clement weather. This afternoon we enjoy afternoon tea (included) at Belmond Reid’s Palace with Carol and David.
✿ Day 7 Curral das Freiras & Câmara de Lobos Visit the Curral das Freiras, or the Valley of the Nuns, the remote mountain hideaway of a convent of nuns. Then we head to Câmara de Lobos, a charming fishing village.
✿ Day 8 Return flight Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
A traditional Santana house
Monte Palace Tropical Garden David Hurrion Belmond Reid’s Palace Palheiro Gardens, Funchal Quinta Jardins do Largo