Madeira Island Discovery

Madeira Island Discovery

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Madeira Island Discovery

8 Days Starting and ending in Funchal

Visiting:

Funchal

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Santiago

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Porto

Tour operator:

Explore!

Physical rating:

Medium, Moderate

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

MDR

Group size:

4 - 18

Age range:

Adult

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

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Tour Overview

Explore Madeira's best known sights and learn why it's known as 'the pearl of the Atlantic' with its dramatic mountainous scenery criss-crossed by levadas and colourful flora. This highlights trip is based in the coastal city of Funchal and has a mix of full and free days. Calheta - Discover the history of Madeira's rum industry and sip a potent glass of the local tipple, poncha Levada walk - See the rugged landscapes on an easy walk along a small part of Madeira's vast levada network Afternoon tea - Take in the ocean views, as Churchill once did, at Madeira's colonial Reid's Palace Hotel

Highlights

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    Calheta - Discover the history of Madeira's rum industry and sip a potent glass of the local tipple, poncha

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    Levada walk - See the rugged landscapes on an easy walk along a small part of Madeira's vast levada network

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    Afternoon tea - Take in the ocean views, as Churchill once did, at Madeira's colonial Reid's Palace Hotel

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icon Day 1: Join trip in Funchal

Location:

  Funchal


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Our trip begins in Funchal, which will be our base for the next seven nights from which we will explore Madeira's highlights. Funchal takes its name from 'funcho', meaning fennel and according to local legend, when Zarco landed here in 1419, he named this spot after the abundance of the herb he found. Visiting sailors used to call the city 'Little Lisbon' because of the grandeur of its cathedral and the buildings that line its harbour.

For those arriving on time our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 6pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner. There are no other activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Funchal at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Madeira International Airport (FNC), which is about 25 minutes' drive from our hotel . Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.

Tonight you might like to try one of fresh seafood dishes that Madeira is known for, such as tuna with fried maize or black scabbard with fried banana, and for dessert perhaps have a taste of passionfruit pudding.

icon Day 2: Tour of the north of the island and easy levada walk

Location:

  Funchal


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Today we leave Funchal on a full day tour of the north and north-west of the island including Camara de Lobos, where we see a plaque and statue dedicated to Sir Winston Churchill who used to holiday on the island and would sit at this spot to paint the beautiful coastline scene. We'll also take a look at the street art here created from recycled drink cans.

We continue to Pico da Torre viewpoint, which offers stunning views of the traditional buildings in Camara de Lobos lining the bay. The 360 degree panoramic views stretch back as far as Funchal. Our next stop is Cabo Girao, which is second highest cliff face in the world and offers yet more captivating sea views.

We drive on to Ribeira Brava and into the mountains to Encumeada. From here there's the chance to take an easy three kilometre walk along Levada Folhadal. Madeira's levadas are a unique series of mini-canals used for irrigation. There are a number of great walking trails on the island that follow these channels. After our walk we journey down through the forested area of Chao dos Louros to the pretty town of Sao Vicente on the north coast. We'll stop to see Pousada dos Vinhaticos, a heritage hotel, which is the last remaining pousada on the island.

You'll want to bring your swimming costume and a towel with you today, as on our way back to Funchal we'll stop in Porto Moniz where there are natural pools. We'll have the chance for a refreshing swim, which is the perfect way to relax after a day spent exploring.

icon Day 3: Walking tour of Funchal and afternoon tea at Reid's Hotel

Location:

  Funchal


Accommodation:

  Hotel


This morning we go on a walking tour of the island's capital Funchal. We'll see Mercado dos Lavradores - a fascinating fruit market where there's every fruit and vegetable imaginable and it offers a huge array of colours and sweet smells. Another market well worth seeing is the fish market where the fresh catches of day will be on sale.

Next we head for Bordal Embroidery Factory, which produces some of the finest traditional embroidery and tapestries to be found on the island. After time to look around we continue into the historic centre of Funchal's Old Town, where you can find a large selection of restaurants and bars and also a permanent outdoor art gallery displaying over 200 works of art by guest artists that are painted onto the doors of Rua de Santa Maria. We'll have the opportunity to admire the colonial architecture outside Santiago Fort, the Regional Government Palace and the fort and palace of Sao Lourenco.

We'll visit the Municipal Theatre and Jardim Municipal - the large garden here is sure to enchant you with its collection of alluring exotic flowers, both endemic and from around the world, and its native ancient trees.

After a morning of exploration we have time to relax and soak up the history at Reid's Hotel, where Churchill used to stay in 1950s, and where we'll partake in afternoon tea before returning to our hotel in the late afternoon. For the afternoon tea please wear smart casual clothing and avoid wearing shorts, flip flops or sportswear, such as trainers.

icon Day 4: Tour of the east of the island including the traditional houses at Santana

Location:

  Funchal


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Each part of Madeira has its own character and today we are going to explore the eastern side of the island. We begin at the Cristo Rei Viewpoint, in Garajau, where we can admire the view back over towards Funchal and out into the Atlantic Ocean. We can also see the Christ the King statue, which looks like a smaller version of the Christ the Redeemer statue found in Brazil.

We drive on to Camacha village where we'll be able to visit an artisan, who creates a wide variety of objects out of wicker. This is a traditional Madeiran craft that is sadly dying out, so there aren't many places left that produce the chairs, tables and artwork that is created here.

Next we continue up into the mountains to Pico do Arieiro, which is at 1,810 metres above sea level. From here we take in the view of rolling green hills and rocky mountain peaks. We continue through Laurissilva Forest to Ribeiro Frio to admire more of the unspoilt nature in this hilly part of the island.

When people think of Madeira many picture the pretty triangular shaped houses that are found in Santana. We'll get to see how the locals produce 'pao de Santana' and get to taste this freshly made bread. There's the chance to have lunch in a restaurant overlooking the surrounding vineyards, and the vegetables and flowering gardens.

In the pretty coastal town of Porto da Cruz we will visit a sugar cane mill, which is one of the last factories in Europe that still uses steam power. Before driving back to Funchal we'll make one final stop in Ponta de Sao Lourenco, which is the easternmost point on the island.

icon Day 5: Boat trip to the Desertas Islands, search for whale and dolphin

Location:

  Funchal


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Travelling by boat out to the Desertas Islands, we'll hopefully get to spot dolphins and whales along the way. Our boat will be 'Bonita da Madeira', a 23 metre long wooden sailing boat. The Desertas Islands are a group of three uninhabited islands, which lie around 25 kilometres off the coast of Madeira. They have been dedicated as a Natural Reserve to protect the rare species of monk seal, which favours them. Our boat will anchor along Desertas Bay where you'll have time to swim in the clear waters and relax in the secluded bay. Lunch will be served on board and then we will have time to visit the island. The transfer to the shore will be made on a smaller rubber dinghy boat. After the visit we begin our journey back to the mainland.

Please note that in the event of poor weather it may be necessary to cancel this boat trip or change the day of operation. If the boat trip isn't possible to do during your stay then we'll go on an excursion to the north of the island instead. Also if there are monk seals in the bay then we won't be able to swim there, as they are a protected species.

icon Day 6: Free day to explore or the option to visit Porto Santo by ferry

Location:

  Funchal


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Today has been left free for you to further explore Funchal or there'll be the chance to go on a full day excursion to the island of Porto Santo by ferry. The journey takes approximately two and half hours each way. Porto Santo is a popular beach destination with the locals, and with its nine kilometre unspoilt white sand beach stretching all the way from Vila Baleira to Ponta de Calheta, it's easy to understand why. Whilst on the island you may also choose to visit the Columbus House Museum, which is the former home of the legendary explorer Christopher Columbus.

If you'd prefer to stay closer to Funchal then there are some great swimming opportunities nearby including the Lido Bathing Complex, Ponta Gorda Complex, Formosa Beach and Barreirinha Beach, which are all easily reachable by public bus.

For those who what something more active then there's the chance to walk around the lakes of Madeira. This full day trip is around the Rabacal area. The walk covers around 13 kilometres, takes five to six hours and is graded as moderate. If you'd like to go for a walk, but fancy something that's a bit shorter, then you could take the half day Vale Paraiso walk, which begins in Camacha. The walk covers around six and a half kilometres, takes two and a half hours and is graded as easy. Both walking options include your transfers and a local guide.

If you're looking to take things at a more relaxed pace then you may wish to take the cable car to Monte or to the Monte Botanical Gardens. The cable car to Monte takes approximately 15 minutes and then to the gardens it's a further nine minutes each way. The gardens have been open since the 1960s and are one of Madeira's best known tourist attractions. The huge gardens display over 2,500 exotic plants that provide an exuberance of colour and scents. You may decide to return from Monte to Livremento in Funchal (around 15 minutes' walk from our hotel) by a ride on a traditional wicker toboggan. The downhill journey takes about 10 minutes along a two kilometre long road course. The toboggan will be steered by two operators and can reach up to 48kms per hour.

Alternatively, you could join the Nun's Valley half day tour to visit the viewpoints at Pico dos Barcelos and Eira do Serrado, and then the Nun's Valley itself, which is located in the heart of the Madeira's mountains.

icon Day 7: Visit to a 16th century sugar mill, Ethnographic Museum and wine tasting at Blandy's

Location:

  Funchal


Accommodation:

  Hotel


This morning en route to Ribeira Brava we'll visit the Ethnographic Museum. The museum holds a collection of objects relating to Madeira's culture and traditions such as wine, fishing, transport and much more.

After time to explore the museum we drive on to Calheta to visit one of the last working sugar mills on the island dating back to the 16th century. We'll learn of the 'white gold' and rum making history of the area and taste the popular local drink 'poncha', which is made from lemons, honey and rum, and also sample honey cake. If you're lucky enough to be here between April and mid-May then we should be able to see the mill working, as it'll be sugar harvesting season and production will be in full swing.

Next we'll head for Prazeres - a small parish not far from Calheta. Here there's the opportunity to take an easy barefoot walk along an 800 metre path, which is made up of 17 different items sourced from the island including pine, eucalyptus berry, laurel, beach pebbles, black and yellow sand, gravel and mud. It's designed to provide natural reflexology for your feet and offers a completely different sensory experience.

Before returning to Funchal we'll make a stop in Jardim do Mar, a beautiful spot between the sea and the mountains. This small parish preserves the calm of days gone by with its narrow streets and low level houses with beautiful gardens. You'll have free time here for lunch.

This afternoon at Blandy's Wine Lodge we have a premium tour and tasting. The tour will explain the full wine making process from the making of the barrels through to the production and storage of the finished product. Followed by a tasting of, what it arguably the island's most famous export, Madeira wine.

icon Day 8: Trip ends in Funchal

Location:

  Funchal


The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Funchal.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Funchal at any time.

If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Madeira International Airport (FNC), which is about 25 minutes' drive from our hotel.

What's Included

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    Fully Guided

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    Accommodation

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    Meals – Breakfast Only

    Breakfast: 7 Lunch: 2

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    1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

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    Country Entry Visas

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Why Book this Tour

Why not visit the island of Madeira during its famed Flower Festival? Travel on our departure in April set around the event to see the island in bloom and witness the colourful parades. Or if you prefer a winter break then join our tour at New Year to see Madeira's legendary firework display. It's one of the largest displays in the world and is quite something to see.

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What is the maximum group size?

16

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

No

Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

Yes

Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

Yes

Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

Yes

    Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes

    Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

    I'm going on a walking/cycling trip-do I need to train?

    It will depend on the grade and how fit you already are. Check the trip page for details of the walking or cycling grade and how far you’ll be walking/cycling each day. For moderate or challenging trips in particular we’d recommend doing some walks or cycles before you leave to build up your fitness and prepare you for the distances being covered.

    Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have a wide range of ages nationalities on our small group trips and they come from all walks of life.

    Should I get travel insurance?

    Yes–it is a condition of booking that you are fully insured when travelling with us

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 500 trips to more than 120 countries.

    Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes, but there are no concessions for doing so, and we must have a record in your booking advising as such before the trip departs.

    Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Being a responsible company is a large statement, something that has to be entwined within the very fibre of a company. Discover the charities and partnerships we support as part of this at https://www.explore.co.uk/about/sustainability/charities-and-partners

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    We want to be as clear as and as honest as possible about what happens if you decide to that you no longer wish to travel on your trip. Our booking conditions have details of the costs you’ll incur when you cancel-these charges depend on how long it is before your planned departure.

    What is the accommodation like?

    We choose comfortable accommodation in the best locations possible. We opt for small, local and family-run accommodation where we can, as opposed to large chain hotels. We typically use hotels that are the equivalent of European 3-star, and you’ll usually have an en suite room. Occasionally, where we want to get off the beaten trail we may stay in more basic accommodation.

    What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Sustainability is embedded within the fibre of Explore, it emanates from the inside out. But as we enter a new decade it is clearer than ever that our world needs help, and Explore has created a sustainability strategy based on the 2015 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

    What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Our flexible booking and safety policies mean you're protected before and during your travels with us. Receive a full refund if your trip is cancelled, transfer your trip free of charge up to 10 days before departure minus any irrocoverable costs.

    Do I need to be very fit to book with you?

    All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip.

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Final documents will include a comprehensive trip itinerary, climate and country information, budgeting and packing advice visa and passport information and details on optional activities available.

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes on most of our trips. Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room, known as our single room option. On some trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided o

    Do we have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel

    It’s now a condition of booking a trip with us that customers should have one of the following before they travel - — Be vaccinated against COVID, having received the full recommended course, and allowing enough time for immunity to take effect. Full vaccination includes any booster required to keep the vaccine valid. — Have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR) within 72hrs of departure.

    Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Explore will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines. We will ensure these measures include; enhanced room cleaning, ventilation, social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff re-training and minimising contact within the properties.

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Madeira Island Discovery

A great trip, very enjoyable and happy memories of all within the group and group leader.

A great trip, very enjoyable and happy memories of all within the group and group leader.


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Veena

20-Jun-2018

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Alison

01-Sep-2021

Madeira Island Discovery

This was my first experience of a tour. Everyone on the trip was lovely - it was a really fun, interesting group and everyone got on well. We seemed very ....more

This was my first experience of a tour.

Everyone on the trip was lovely - it was a really fun, interesting group and everyone got on well.

We seemed very like minded and it all gelled.

My biggest comment again would be the pace - it felt frenetic at times.

ALSO - because we went out for dinner in buses (most evenings) it wasn't possible to get back until everyone was ready.

This resulted in half of us being forced to stay out later than we wanted.

Some wanted to drink till 2:30, but most didn't - but even coming back at 11:30pm or so felt like a very, very long day, if we began at 8:30am and only had 30 mins to change clothes in the middle.

Perhaps more dinners near the hotel so people could leave when they wanted? It was all very exhausting, which was the one downside.

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wow! After a few days the exhaustion does kick in.

Is that necessary? less....


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Sarah

03-Dec-2021

Madeira Island Discovery

An excellent tour on a very beautiful island.

An excellent tour on a very beautiful island.


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Pauline

10-Mar-2018

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Alison

01-Sep-2021

Madeira Island Discovery

A great holiday - very relaxing but with enough to interest an Explore customer. Filipe was excellent and made an enjoyable holiday even better.

A great holiday - very relaxing but with enough to interest an Explore customer.

Filipe was excellent and made an enjoyable holiday even better.


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Hazel

26-Jun-2018

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Madeira Island Discovery

8 Days Starting and ending in Funchal

Visiting:

Funchal

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Santiago

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Porto

Tour operator:

Explore!

Physical rating:

Medium, Moderate

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

MDR

Group size:

4 - 18

Age range:

Adult

Tour operated in:

English

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India

What do you love most about Puducherry?

"‘Pondy’ as it’s known locally, is an Indian city with French flair. Filled with leafy boulevards, bright bougainvillea, cathedrals, and colonial buildings, White Town is like a welcoming oasis of calm "

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"•Discover the simple joy of being “blessed” by Laxmi the elephant at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple. •Enjoy the food - a fusion of Indian and Mediterranean influences. "

What was Pondy’s original name?

"The original name of the territory, Putucceri, is derived from the Tamil words putu “new" and ceri “village". The French corrupted this to Pondichéry. Or Pondicherry in English. "

Favourite time of year to visit Puducherry

"Weather-wise it’s great to visit between October and March. The monsoon is between July -September and the town can receive some heavy rainfall. "

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Discover Auroville, a utopian community founded as an experiment in universal living. An easy day trip from Pondy. "

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Vinicunca Peru - Rainbow Mountain

Peru

@travelphotos_tom's Top Tips

"Visit Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu before, even Lake Titicaca and Colca Valley, if you are going to visit that area, to acclimatize to the altitude (5.000 mt. approx)."

@travelphotos_tom's Top Tips

"Don't waste too much time if there is a queue at the base of the mountain. The best photos are with the animals and on the mountain in front of you."

@travelphotos_tom's Top Tips

"If you can, talk to your guide about going to the Red Valley. It is not very physically demanding and the experience is incredible."

What do you love most about Vinicunca Peru - Rainbow Mountain?

"The experience is unique, there are no tourists and the hike and views are incredible."

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    Kenya

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    North Pole

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Uzbekistan

Benefits of a tour guide for Uzbekistan

"The language barrier is tough and a guide is almost essential at times. Most people only speak Russian or Uzbek and both use the Cyrillic alphabet."

@zoegoesplaces's Top Tips

"Travel by train. It's quick, cheap and easy. Plus, first class is especially affordable here. "

Must pack items for Uzbekistan

"Conservative dress is respectful to the local cultures, make sure you cover your shoulders and down to your knees. "

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Sampling the culinary delights of the Silk Road with the infusion of flavours and dishes from many countries. That and the beautiful architecture of the religious buildings. "

What do you love most about Uzbekistan?

"Uzbekistan is such an underrated country. There's so much to see and do, it's like nowhere else in the world."

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    French Polynesia

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Peak District National Park

United Kingdom

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Countryside walks, there are so many to choose from!"

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Dolomites

Italy

What do you love most about Dolomites?

"The stunning scenery! It's simply one of the most breathtaking places on earth."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"The best way to see the mountains is hiking! There are plenty of iconic walks including Seceda and the Tre Cime loop. You can even stay in rifugios along the way and see the sunrise over the peaks. "

@Realworldrunaway 's Top Tips

"Rent a car! Getting around by public transport is tricky and some of the best hikes are a little far apart. "

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Cuba

What do you love most about Cuba?

"Cuba has an undefinable magic to it. It dances to its own beat. A constant juxtaposition -dilapidated but dignified, timeworn but elegant. A wonderful fusion of Caribbean and Latin cultures."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"•Visit Habana Vieja •Take trip out west to Valle de Viñales •Experience Trinidad •Visit a live cabaret show •Tour Habana Vieja in a classic car •Enjoy a slice of paradise at Playa Las Tumbas"

Must pack items for Cuba

"•Do bring cash - USD or Euro, not credit cards •Do pack a few portable charges - power goes out periodically. •Rain coat/umbrella for any season. •Pack “your spontaneity” and go with the flow… "

Favourite time of year to visit Cuba

"Any time between October - April is a great time to visit. The island has a beautiful Caribbean climate where the days are warm and sunny with very little rain, particularly in Havana or on the coast."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Treat yourself and chat with a stranger or two! Cuba is one of the world’s safest countries to visit. It’s a wonderful and enriching way to get a real Cuban perspective and make new friends too. "

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Abruzzo

Italy

What do you love most about Abruzzo?

"This area is among the most beautiful in Italy for admiring foliage. We are on the border between Lazio and Abruzzo and here it's possible to admire Autumn in its maximum power."

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Alicante

Spain

What do you love most about Alicante?

"Alicante is the perfect size; the city centre with bars, restaurants and shops is only a few minutes walk from the amazing beach and waterfront where you can sunbathe, swim and relax!"

Any must-dos for first-time visitors to Alicante?

"Be sure to climb the historic Santa Barbara Castle above the town centre for panoramic views. Take some drinks and enjoy the sunset for a true Alicante experience!"

Favourite time of year to visit Alicante

"Spring or Autumn are both great times to visit, the weather is warm and sunny. There are also fewer tourists about so you can better enjoy the beaches and bars."

What else can I see in the area?

"The whole coastline north and south of Alicante is stunning, with sandy beaches and amazing rock formations, or you can take a day trip on the ferry to the heavenly island of Tabarca!"

Favourite way to spend a day in Alicante?

"Head to the beach and play some volleyball at the free public nets, jump in the sea to cool off between games and then stroll to a local bar for tapas and a jug of tinto de verano in the evening."

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Portugal

What do you love most about Portugal?

"There's always something new to explore in the Algarve area, hidden beaches, natural arches, caves and more"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Waking up early to go surfing will make your day!"

@iamjenn.y 's Top Tips

"Visit Playa Falesia, it's such a unique beach!"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Portugal is such a small country, you can do day trips to nearly anywhere! For example, spend a day in Porto and do a port wine tasting!"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Strolling around the narrow streets of Lisboa"

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    Mexico

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Morocco

Must pack items for Morocco

"Warm clothes as it gets really cold in the desert at night as well as up in the High Atlas Mountains"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Aït Benhaddou is one of the most stunning places I've ever seen! A city completely built out of clay!"

What do you love most about Morocco?

"I love all the crafts and art that people sell on the streets"

@iamjenn.y 's Top Tips

"Spend at least one night in the Sahara Desert – it will be incredible and you even get to see the Milky Way!"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Exploring the streets of Marrakesh "

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