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Madeira Holiday Guide

Visit this dream-like island, home to green jungle, quaint villages, haunting volcanic rock formations and misty mountains.

Madeira Island has stunning natural landscapes and hot temperatures all year-round. Get on the hiking trails that run alongside the man-made irrigation channels. Enjoy unforgettable views over clear blue waters and cliffs covered in green vegetation. Spot brightly coloured and sweetly scented flowers in the spring. Chill out on sandy beaches, try out thrilling water sports or delve into the island’s enthralling cultural heritage.

Take in Madeira’s idyllic natural scenery with a levada walk: the levadas are a series of mini-canals developed by early settlers to distribute water around the island. Explore a network of more than 870 miles (1,400 kilometres) of irrigation canals and follow them to waterfalls and lagoons, as well as valleys, mountain ranges and laurel forests.

Brave the glass-floored skywalk at Cabo Girão, one of the highest ocean cliffs in the world. Standing 1,902 feet (580 meters) above the water, you can spot Funchal, the island’s largest city, and Câmara de Lobos from this dramatic location.

Visit the gorgeous village of Santana, known for its multicoloured A-framed cottages, called palheiros. These charming thatched-roof residences are unique to the island and well worth a visit.

See the ornate geometric patterns decorating the roof of Funchal's cathedral, Sé Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Assunção. Constructed in the 16th century, this Moorish-influenced cathedral also features beautiful Baroque altars, gilded choir stalls and intricate tiling.

Don’t miss the views over Funchal from Jardim Botanico, a beautiful botanical garden. Walk along the well-labelled paths and admire collections of cacti and anthuriums. Look for the overlapping roots of an ancient heather tree, which is said to be more than 10 million years old.

Calheta Beach may be man-made, but its golden sands and clear waters are nonetheless scenic. Canoe, windsurf, swim or stop for some fresh seafood at one of the restaurants found along the beach. Be sure to sample the region’s unique white rum called aguardente.

Madeira Island is located about 350 miles (563.3 kilometres) from Morocco. Regular flights leave daily from Lisbon.

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£85
Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel

Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel

Largo Antonio Nobre, Funchal
4.4
of 5, from 302 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Funchal hotel is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of CR7 Museum and Madeira Casino. Botanical Garden and Monte Palace Gardens are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£80
Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa

Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa

Rua Serra de Água, 1, Calheta
4.5
of 5, from 60 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Beachside Square, Church of Our Lady of Light, and Ponta Do Sol Beach. Paul do Mar Beach and Eglise de Faja da Ovelha are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£71
Quinta Perestrello Heritage Hotel

Quinta Perestrello Heritage Hotel

Rua Dr Pita 3, Funchal
3.9
of 5, from 76 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Funchal, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Madeira Casino and within 3 mi (5 km) of Botanical Garden and Monte Palace Gardens. CR7 Museum and Barreiros Stadium are also within 15 minutes.

£85
Castanheiro Boutique Hotel

Castanheiro Boutique Hotel

Rua do Castanheiro 31, Funchal
4.8
of 5, from 115 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Sao Pedro, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Town Square and within 3 mi (5 km) of Botanical Garden and Monte Palace Gardens. Madeira Stadium is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away.

£38
Cabanas de S. Jorge Village

Cabanas de S. Jorge Village

Sitio da Beira da Quinta, Santana
3.3
of 5, from 43 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Santana, this hotel is 7.5 mi (12.1 km) from Madeira Theme Park and 10.5 mi (16.8 km) from Faial Beach. Pico Ruivo and Caves of Sao Vicente and Volcanism Center are also within 16 mi (25 km).

£115
The Vine

The Vine

Rua Dos Aranhas, Funchal
4.6
of 5, from 201 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Funchal hotel is steps from La Vie Shopping Center and Funchal Municipal Garden. Botanical Garden and Monte Palace Gardens are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£78
Pestana Casino Park Hotel & Casino

Pestana Casino Park Hotel & Casino

Rua Imperatriz D. Amélia, Funchal
4.2
of 5, from 639 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the center of Funchal, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madeira Casino, La Vie Shopping Center, and CR7 Museum. Botanical Garden and Monte Palace Gardens are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£73
Enotel Quinta do Sol

Enotel Quinta do Sol

Rua Dr Pita 6, Funchal
4.3
of 5, from 171 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Funchal, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Madeira Casino and within 3 mi (5 km) of Botanical Garden and Monte Palace Gardens. CR7 Museum and Barreiros Stadium are also within 15 minutes.

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