Madeira’s Laurissilva Forest was recognized, in 1999, as a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO. Laurissilva is a subtropical forest, that originaly appeared in the late Cretaceous, found in areas with high humidity and relatively stable and mild temperatures. Occupying more than 20% of Madeira, the Laurissilva Forest contains a unique variety of plants and animals, including many endemic species, and it is the largest surviving area of laurel forest.
Madeira has the most extensive and well conserved Laurel forest of the world, being included in the Madeira Natural Park as an Integral and Partial Nature Reserve.
A good way to enjoy the beautiful landscapes it offers is on horseback. Quinta do Riacho provides rides on horseback by Laurissilva Forest, accessible to all levels, from beginners to experienced riders.