The Italian Dolomites
The aquamarine seas of Madeira are pristine and massive swells from the Atlantic create huge waves that crash at the base of the cliffs and onto its beaches. You are never far from the ocean in Madeira and the ancient villages can be seen perched atop the cliffs and the houses are often painted pure white with orange tiled roofs. Inland, this island boasts some of the most ecologically diverse woodlands and forests in Europe. This is a photography tour that offers so many different opportunities.
Madeira is a region of Portugal and an island 520 kilometres west of Morocco and is often referred to as the Hawaii of Europe. It is an island of giant sea cliffs that rise from the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean in which it is situated. The highest sea cliff in Europe can be found here which towers 570 metres above the sea and the view over Funchal, Madeira’s capital is quite staggering. Madeira was once a volcanic island, the evidence of which is littered throughout its landscape with lava flows leading out to the coast and the Ribeira da Janela sea stacks similar to those found in Vik on the coast of Iceland. Also, like Iceland, black sand beaches can be found in small bays at the base of the cliffs like the beautiful beach at Seixal in the north.
The aquamarine seas of Madeira are pristine and massive swells from the Atlantic create huge waves that crash at the base of the cliffs and onto its beaches. You are never far from the ocean in Madeira and the ancient villages can be seen perched atop the cliffs and the houses are often painted pure white with orange tiled roofs. Inland, this island boasts some of the most ecologically diverse woodlands and forests in Europe. As you drive through the many mountain passes that wend their way into the mountains through forests of Eucalyptus trees, the aroma is incredible. We will take the path through the lush green forests following the Laverado do Caldeirao Verde which resembles a tropical landscape and leads to a beautiful waterfall that gently cascades over the fern covered rock face into a gin clear pool.
In the north west of the island is Fanal Forest. This is an ancient laurel forest with gnarled and twisted trees that date back 500 years and is now recognised as a UNESCO World heritage Site. What makes these trees even more mystical is during this time of year mists rise from the sea below, graciously travel up the valleys and enter the woodland which is a sight to behold. It really does become a fairy tale landscape. This is certainly a location where we will be spending some time.
The mountains of Madeira serve as a complete contrast to photographing at the coast. The highest mountain, Pico Ruivo stands at just under 1900 metres above sea level. Luckily, there are many roads that lead to the mountain tops, but we will be walking along some of the paths to experience the stunning views over the craggy ridges of and deep into the valleys below. We will be visiting many viewpoints during our time in Madeira such as Pico do Areeiro, Balcoes and the most easterly point on the island, Ponta de Sao Laurenco. Once again, clouds and mists often roll in from the sea making this a magical place and transforming the views.
This is a tour that will allow you to experience the true Portuguese culture from small mountain villages with their tiny cafes where the friendly locals drink coffee and play cards, along with the many thousands of terraces that have been carved out of the steep hillsides harnessing every available pocket of land that can be cultivated, each with their own stone hut.
In November the average temperature hovers around 20 degrees so if you want to escape the onset of winter in the UK, then this is certainly the place to be. The rich variety of landscape photography is second to none and we will be based in the village of Sao Vicente on the north coast which serves as a central location to all the places we intend to visit.
2 leaders with a maximum of 8 participants
Easy to Moderate. Some hill walking to get to some of the views is required but optional.
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The price includes extensive one to one tuition during the workshop, accommodation (on a bed and breakfast basis). No single occupancy supplement. Travel during the workshop. Entrance Fees where applicable.
Travel to and from the location and personal bills such as bar bills, meals not listed. Travel and camera Insurance.