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LTI - Pestana Grand Ocean Resort Hotel
LTI - Pestana Grand Ocean Resort Hotel

23 Rua da Ponta da Cruz, Funchal 9000-103

5.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (280 reviews)

Set on the Ponta da Cruz headland, Madeira's southernmost point, this contemporary hotel is in a 21st-century apartment …

£115
The Vine
The Vine

Rua Dos Aranhas, Funchal 9000-044

5.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (276 reviews)

This family-friendly Funchal hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Natural History, Frederico de Freitas Museum, and …

£199
Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical Garden
Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical Garden

Estrada Ponta Da Oliveira, 11, Canico 9125-001

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (111 reviews)

Situated in Canico, this spa hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Ponta da Oliveira and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Palheiro Gardens. Reis …

£97
Hotel Alto Lido
Hotel Alto Lido

Estrada Monumental, 316, Funchal 9004-529

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (128 reviews)

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Barreiros Stadium, Madeira Casino, and CR7 Museum. Formosa Beach …

£56
Dorisol Mimosa Hotel
Dorisol Mimosa Hotel

Rua Da Casa Branca, Funchal 9004535

3.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (77 reviews)

This family-friendly Funchal aparthotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Barreiros Stadium, CR7 Museum, and …

£50
Pestana Promenade Ocean Resort Hotel
Pestana Promenade Ocean Resort Hotel

Rua Simplicio dos Passos Gouveia, Funchal 9000-001

4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (392 reviews)

Situated on the boardwalk, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Barreiros Stadium, Madeira Casino, and CR7 …

£99
The Lince Madeira Lido Atlantic Great Hotel
The Lince Madeira Lido Atlantic Great Hotel

Estrada Monumental N. 274, Funchal 9000-100

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (121 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Barreiros Stadium and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Botanical …

£70
Dorisol Buganvilia Hotel
Dorisol Buganvilia Hotel

Rua Casa Branca, Funchal 9004-535

3.0 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (110 reviews)

This family-friendly Funchal aparthotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Barreiros Stadium, CR7 Museum, and …

£47
Pestana Casino Park Hotel & Casino
Pestana Casino Park Hotel & Casino

Rua Imperatriz D. Amélia, Funchal 9004-513

5.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (821 reviews)

Located in the center of Funchal, this family-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of CR7 Museum and Madeira Casino …

£100
Quinta da Bela Vista - Madeira
Quinta da Bela Vista - Madeira

Caminho Avista Navios, 4 Funchal, Funchal 9000129

5.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (109 reviews)

This family-friendly Funchal hotel is located near the bay, within 2 mi (3 km) of Barreiros Stadium, Formosa Beach, and CR7 …

£160

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Pocket Guide: Madeira Island

Madeira Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Atlantic, so there’s no shortage of excellent hotels to stay in. Madeira’s archipelago is located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 700 km west of the African coast and 450 km north of the Canary Islands. This archipelago is formed of Madeira Island, Porto Santo Island, the Desertas and the Selvagens Islands. Only the two largest, Madeira and Porto Santo, are inhabited and they can be accessed via Madeira Airport or Porto Santo Airport.

The islands are renowned for good wine, great seafood, beautiful natural scenery, welcoming hospitality, excellent hotels and sun all year round, with average temperatures of 25ºC in the summer and 17ºC in the winter.

Funchal, the capital of Madeira, is a city with centuries of history and its location offers easy access to a number of beautiful locations around the island. From great seafood to historic landmarks and beautiful mountain treks, Madeira will surprise you with its diversity and beauty.

History

The history of Madeira dates back to 1419, when the island was discovered by the Portuguese explorers João Gonçalves Zarco, Bartolomeu Perestrelo and Tristão Vaz Teixeira. The colonisation of the islands began in 1425, soon to become a mandatory port of call for European trade routes, especially for sugar and wine. In the 19th and 20th centuries, Madeira became a popular tourism destination and a retreat for the European aristocracy, thanks to its therapeutic climate, beneficial to the treatment of tuberculosis. In 1976, Madeira became an Autonomous Region of Portugal, having the power to legislate. Today, the main revenue of Madeira’s economy comes from tourism.

Things to Do

Once you reach Madeira, there’s no shortage of things to do. When you find your head above the clouds, you’ll know you have reached one of the highest peaks in Madeira, Pico do Areiro, which stands at 1818 meters altitude. Discover Madeira by walking along ‘levadas’ (man made water channels in the hills), riding an all-terrain bike in the mountains, surfing or diving the ocean, canyoning through streams of water flowing down the mountains, climbing the basaltic rock cliffs or simply strolling along one of Funchal’s beautiful avenues with beautiful jacaranda trees and gardens full of flowers. You can also play golf surrounded by beautiful scenery or take a boat trip along the coast and watch dolphins and whales.

If peace and relaxation is all you want, go birdwatching in the Laurissilva Forest or take a ferry boat to Porto Santo Island and treat yourself to a lazy holiday in the lap of pristine, golden sand beaches.

Food

Madeira’s most popular dishes include black scabbard fish, tuna fish and beef kebabs, locally known as ‘espetada’. ‘Limpets’, small aquatic snails with a shell that is attached to the sea rocks, are also popular delicacies. They’re usually cooked with garlic and lemon juice and served with local garlic bread, ‘bolo do caco’. Don’t forget to sample the local wine and beer.

Nightlife

If you are looking for nightlife a good option is to stay in a hotel near the old town or the Lido area, both in Funchal. Madeira has also a casino, and a great selection of restaurants, bars and clubs.

Shopping

There's great shopping throughout the city of Funchal. Notable are the Farmer’s Markets for local food and flowers, Rua Fernão de Ornelas or the streets around the Sé Cathedral. Bigger shopping centers like Forum Madeira, Madeira Shopping and ‘La vie’ shopping are excellent places for finding food, clothing and gifts. Madeira is also popular for its honey cake and beautiful handmade embroidery.

Whether you want a cheap Madeira hotel located by the mountains or a luxury 5 star hotel by the sea, Madeira has you covered when it comes to accommodation options.

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