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Madeira

Madeira is an island of fascinating natural beauty and enticing climate. It rises steeply from the Atlantic Ocean standing, with its small island neighbours, in splendid isolation off the coast of Europe and Africa.

An island of volcanic origin, it is a haven for those seeking a relaxing holiday in close proximity to nature. A network of levadas, built to carry water from the springs in the north to irrigate the cultivated areas of the south contour along the mountain sides, their banks planted with wild hydrangeas, lilies and agapanthus.

Its mountains are rugged and inspiring often with splendid sea views. Gardens and parks are everywhere planted with all manner of exotic trees, shrubs and blooms

Not for nothing is it called the Garden island or the Pearl of the Atlantic.

Madeira is an island of fascinating natural beauty and enticing climate. It rises steeply from the Atlantic Ocean standing, with its small island neighbours, in splendid isolation off the coast of Europe and Africa.

An island of volcanic origin, it is a haven for those seeking a relaxing holiday in close proximity to nature. A network of levadas, built to carry water from the springs in the north to irrigate the cultivated areas of the south contour along the mountain sides, their banks planted with wild hydrangeas, lilies and agapanthus.

Its mountains are rugged and inspiring often with splendid sea views. Gardens and parks are everywhere planted with all manner of exotic trees, shrubs and blooms

A number of walks follow levadas gently down hill and are one way in nature. The paths are generally of good quality with some uneven sections and also tunnels. They are a joy to walk along with the constant stream of water bubbling on one side and on the other, ever changing views of deep valleys and hillsides often with the sea in the background. Madeira is more than just levadas, offering dramatic cliff top walks along zig zag paths above the bubbling sea below and more challenging treks in the central mountain ranges. There is, however, plenty of easy terrain suitable for even the least experienced walker. Some walks, especially those which follow the levadas, do require a head for heights.

 

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Eileen Mc Kenzie Nepal October 2014 I wouldn't change this trip I enjoyed every aspect of it. The worst thing (if I had to pick on something) was about group dynamics there was one difficult member in the group but this is not a criticism of the holiday as I feel staff and group members did everything possible to make this right. The best part? There were so many highlights: the flight to Lukkla; reaching base camp; observing village life; shopping in Katmandu! But it's the people involved who made it truly special Jill, our Nepalese guides and porters, Tulsi, the lodge owners who looked after is so well, and my fellow trekkers some of whom have become firm friends. Jill always goes the extra mile to look after the group I felt that she made every effort to ensure the safety, well being, comfort, and enjoyment of the group at all times. Her sensitivity to local culture was at the forefront of everything we did, and I loved the opportunities we had to learn the language and observe local village life.

Eileen Mc Kenzie

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