All of the Canary Islands are dramatic and beautiful but in the north west of the archipelago lies La Palma – smaller, quieter, less visited and amazingly green. It is also known as la isla bonita because of its exuberant forests and natural beauty. It differs from the rest by being the only one to have small rivers. Its immense, abyss-like crater, in the centre of the island, is the largest of its kind in the world. Outside the crater are ancient laurel forests as dense as a jungle. The island is now listed as an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. We visit hidden hamlets and pretty villages on our walks and come across many unusual and exotic looking plants such as Canary foxglove and Canary bellflower. Our family run hotel is surrounded by gardens with wonderful panoramic views of both sea and mountains.
£1,200 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £100
In the centre of Cyprus is the beautiful and unspoilt Marathasa Valley. Within this valley are 14 little villages and tucked away are tiny painted churches and ancient monasteries. The traditional way of life in this remote valley is still carried on with few people speaking English. It is a very green and fertile area full of orchards and olive groves. We are based in the remarkable village of Kalapanayiotis in a luxury mountain spa hotel. Due to its isolation from the mainland Cyprus is home to many endemic plants including a pretty arabis and the golden oak. As we walk we explore the villages within the valley and visit the Troodos Mountains.
£1,425 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £200
A perfect holiday for those who love the sea. We are based on Sipan, one of the Elaphiti islands about 40 minutes off the coast of Dubrovnik. The crystal clear seas of the Adriatic, luxurious vegetation and the aromatic scents of rosemary, myrtle and lavender make this a relaxing destination. We have easy walks to small fishing villages, ancient churches and monasteries plus a boat trip to Trsteno and its famous arboretum. We use the local ferry to explore other islands too. Our delightful hotel is in a tranquil situation surrounded by olive groves and very close to the sea. The islands will be mass of colourful wildflowers at this time of the year.
£1,300 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £130
Kandersteg lies at the head of two beautiful valleys giving access to some classic Swiss scenery and fabulous alpine plants. A short flight takes us to Zurich and then a fast and efficient train takes us to our destination. We explore wide valleys and flowery meadows that are surrounded by high mountains and snow-capped peaks. Glaciers, magnificent waterfalls and deep blue lakes are all around. Although we are in a mountainous area the walks are not arduous as we are able to reach the higher alpine pastures by mini bus or cable car. Our charming family-owned hotel overlooks the Blumisalp Mountain and offers some excellent food. We look for lady’s slipper orchid, gentians, snowbells, primulas and saxifrages while birds include nutcracker and alpine chough.
£1,445 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £75
Norway is famous for its stunning indented coastline and along with the rest of Scandinavia provides some of the most unspoiled destinations in the world amid inspirational and dramatic wilderness scenery. Sandwiched between Stavanger and Trondheim are rugged mountains, fjords, sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages rich in history and charming friendly people. Inland are remarkable waters of the Lysefjord and Hardangerfjord, tumbling waterfalls and lakes as well as fruit farms and wonderful green spaces. Just a few minutes’ walk from our hotel will take us into gorgeous countryside. It is the stuff of picture postcards. We come across dwarf willows, saxifrages and unusual buttercups.
£1,750 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £285
Well known for its rugged scenery, intriguing history and delicious food this island is the perfect place to enjoy the countryside and its wildlife. We stay on a farm in agroturismo accommodation in a rural situation but not far from the stunning small town of Alghero in the north east. The countryside in this area has a lovely pastoral feel to it with gently rolling hills and a wealth of archaeological sites. We visit 2 regional parks with limestone outcrops and dramatic headlands which are home to many interesting plants and birds. This is a Mediterranean island with a slightly exotic twist. Autumn plants include squills, colchicums and yellow bartsia.
£1,440 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £200
We return to this lush green archipelago set in the middle of the Atlantic which has some of the youngest land in the world. There are dormant volcanoes and hot springs next to verdant pastures with colourful hedgerows. There are awe-inspiring mountains and peaceful valleys with abundant exotic plants including dramatic ferns, a beautiful endemic scabious and giant sow thistles. There are also extinct craters and magnificent coasts, lined with pretty villages and historical towns with a Portuguese influence. A 2-centre holiday in 2 delightful but very different hotels.
£1,900 Half Board based on sharing twin room.
Single Supplement £225
Wildflowers & Walking.
Morocco, Anti Atlas Mountains.
15–22 March 2019
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Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and is beautiful and fascinating. It is a country that is economically poor but culturally rich with magnificent but faded architecture. There are fabulous beaches, bays and mountains and green landscapes. We are thrilled to return to this fabulous island. This time we explore east of Havana and visit the colonial towns of Cienfuegos and Matanzas and visit Zapata Swamp with its endangered Cuban crocodiles. We look for zebra-wing and Julia butterflies as well as a huge range of colourful birds. We include a boat trip and see coral reefs and coastal lagoons and enjoy some leisurely walks as we explore.
During the last year N & S WILDLIFE HOLIDAYS has supported Plantlife’s Rare Plant Areas Project in Norfolk and Suffolk by making a donation to help protect much loved plants such as fen orchid, Breckland thyme and Italian catchfly.