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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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The Cliff Bay

The Cliff Bay

Estrada Monumental 147, Funchal
4.9
of 5, from 425 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Funchal hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Barreiros Stadium, Funchal Municipal Garden and La Vie Shopping Center. Botanical Garden is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.

£125
The Vine

The Vine

Rua Dos Aranhas, Funchal
4.6
of 5, from 356 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

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

£97
Castanheiro Boutique Hotel

Castanheiro Boutique Hotel

Rua do Castanheiro 31, Funchal
4.7
of 5, from 190 reviews
4.5 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 miles (5 km) of Botanical Garden and Monte Palace Gardens. Madeira Stadium is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away.

£71
LTI - Pestana Grand Ocean Resort Hotel

LTI - Pestana Grand Ocean Resort Hotel

23 Rua da Ponta da Cruz, Funchal
4.5
of 5, from 369 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Funchal hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 2 mi (3 km) of Formosa Beach and Barreiros Stadium. Funchal Municipal Garden and Funchal-Monte Teleferico are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Palheiro Village - Golf, Gardens & Spa

Palheiro Village - Golf, Gardens & Spa

Estrada De Aeroporto, Funchal
4.7
of 5, from 126 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Funchal apartment is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Palheiro Golf Club, Botanical Garden and Palheiro Gardens. Madeira Stadium is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

£37
Santa Cruz Boutique Hotel

Santa Cruz Boutique Hotel

22 Rua da Praia, Santa Cruz
4.8
of 5, from 6 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Santa Cruz Beach and within 6 miles (10 km) of Santo da Serra Golf Club and Ponta da Oliveira. Botanical Garden and Reis Magos Beach are also within 9 miles (15 km).

£115
Porto Mare Hotel

Porto Mare Hotel

Rua Simplicio Passos Gouveia 21, Funchal
4.7
of 5, from 279 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Funchal hotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Barreiros Stadium and Madeira Casino. Funchal Municipal Garden and Formosa Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£85
Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel

Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel

Largo Antonio Nobre, Funchal
4.4
of 5, from 598 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

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

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