You will need to arrange and book your own flights. There are charter flights from most UK airports, primarily on Mondays and some on Fridays including Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Gatwick, Glasgow, Luton, Manchester and Newcastle. Scheduled flights are also available from Easyjet and Tap Airlines. The average flight time is 3hrs 45mins.
We do not recommend booking car hire before leaving the UK, because if a car is needed it may only be for a few days rather than for the full week. Indeed you may decide when your arrive that you would prefer to use taxis or public transport.
Public Transport is exceedingly good in Madeira.
If you do decide to book a car we will still arrange the transfer of keys in Madeira.
Golfers will be pleased to know that
Both Garajau and Caniço de Baixo are good locations from where one can hike and walk the islands amazing levada irrigation system spanning 2,500 kilometres, which meander round the mountains.
We recommend you use Turitrans, which is located at the entrance to the apartment in Caniço de Baixo and highly recommended by our guests.
They only take a maximum of 8 on their walks and 15 on their tours. They use mini busses for all their excursions. They also collect guests in Garajau.
Check it out on Turistransmerida email: firstname.lastname@example.org
One reason we do not recommend car hire is because this company does such good trips and walks and many of our guests find this a more relaxing way of seeing the island.
Garajau and Caniço de Baixo both have numerous dive spots in the Garajau Marine Reserve. This zone is a paradise for underwater photography. Marine life is abundant. Divers may find tuna, mackerel, large grouper and barracuda. The average depth is 20 m. The popular sites in this area include Pináculo, Mamas and Galo.
A natural beauty filled with a rich bio diversity of species of endemic flora and fauna, classified a World Nature Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. The Laurissilva Forest covers 15,000 hectares, 12,000 of which are in a Nature Reserve. Protected areas were created to conserve various species in danger of extinction and by October 1982 Madeira’s Regional Government had declared two thirds of the island a nature reserve for which it continues to provide protection and surveillance.
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