The lush nature, clean air, and mild climate of this volcanic island have repeatedly earned it the title of World Leading Island Destination – among the most beautiful islands in the world. However, this journey avoids the crowded south and takes you to explore the northern part of the island: mountains, laurel forests, levadas (irrigation canals), majestic peaks, villages, vast fields, and a marvelous coastline, swept by the wind and the Atlantic Ocean. Here, life is a delight – from the fortified wine that takes the island's name to the botanical gardens, from the cuisine to the breathtaking views offered by the trails suspended among the forests, everything is enchanting.
The levadas – the irrigation canals built to transport the abundant water flowing from mountain springs down to the valleys – can be followed to explore the island's most remote corners. You'll also traverse countryside paths and tracks through unspoiled landscapes, dotted with pristine cottages and farms, amid canyons and waterfalls, in the enchantment of the natural reserves