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Villas in Madeira

Madeira, an island located off the west coast of Morocco, holds host to stunning scenery, dramatic coastlines, quaint mountain villages and exquisite gardens. The island is well known for its excellent green spaces and exotic landscapes, whilst the cosmopolitan and vibrant town of Funchal combines historic splendour and breathtaking natural beauty with a warm, modern atmosphere. Madeira is a unique destination, offering a full range of activities and watersports for all ages, while those looking for a relaxing break can enjoy the range of natural parks to explore at your own pace. With a subtropical climate, the island’s weather is pleasant all year round, with hot summers and mild winters, making a Madeira villa the perfect option for your holiday.

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Madeira - A subtropical island paradise

Take a tropical island landscape, add a generous heap of attractions and bake in perennial sunshine and you’ve got a wonderful recipe for an alfresco holiday experience at any time of year. Our villas in Madeira scatter the southern coast - the sun trap of the island.

  • Madeira Activities

    Madeira has an immense range of activities and facilities available for a packed holiday itinerary, the most popular being a number of watersports on offer. Some of these include scuba diving, surfing, sailing, water skiing, whale and dolphin spotting and many more. The island is great for trekking and walking enthusiasts – the levadas (water irrigation channels) make up a 500 mile network of spectacular routes to amble, which you can explore on a guided walk. Other popular activities include mountain biking, golf, fishing, plus a theme park and aqua park, which are open to visitors in the summer months.

  • Madeira Food

    Madeira has a wide range of restaurants abundantly spread all over the capital city and the rest of the island. There are a huge variety of restaurants offering local and international cuisine, and as with most island nations, fish is one of the most popular dishes, along with espetada - succulent pieces of beef on a skewer cooked over coals. Madeira cake is renowned all over the world, so it is no surprise that the island and its locals love their cakes and pastries. Nearly every café and restaurant has a selection of pastries and cakes to suit everyone. Why not also try the island’s Madeira wine…

  • Madeira Shopping

    Madeira is a shopper’s heaven with a great choice of outlets, ranging from shopping malls to miniature boutiques and local markets (fish & fruit/vegetable/flowers). The capital of the island, Funchal, is home to the largest shopping mall, Madeira Shopping, whilst in the tourist area of the town centre you will find several other malls including Dolce Vita and Maderia Forum. Most villages and towns have regular weekly markets where traditional Madeiran goods and handcrafts can be purchased. Leather goods, including shoes, rugs, Madeiran embroidery and Madeira wine can also be found all over the island.

  • Madeira History

    With amazing views, outstanding landscapes and historic buildings and monuments, Madeira bursts with unique history and culture. Whether you are on the lookout or not, you will come across some amazing historic parts of the island. Visit the capital resort and wander down its white-washed streets and through beautiful gardens, and see the fifteenth and sixteenth century buildings that still stand today. Madeira has a range of museums situated in a number of resorts, detailing every inch of the islands history and culture.

  • Madeira Holidays - Points of Interest

    • Visit the Volcanic Centre & Caves of Sao Vicente

    • Explore one of the many Natural Reserves on the island, from the seashore to the highest mountain peaks

    • Jump aboard one of the daily cruises along Madeira’s beautiful south coast or try one of the catamarans and enjoy whale & dolphin watching

    • Take a helicopter flight and experience a spectacular bird’s eye view of the island.

    • Experience a ride on one of the island’s cable cars and elevators to find remote areas and exceptionally beautiful views

    • Take a day out and visit the Madeira theme park, offering many activities, covering an area of 17 acres

    • From Funchal, take a day trip to the neighbouring island of Porto Santo, in just two hours by ferry

    • Visit some of the beautiful gardens, in particular the Botanical Gardens, Palheiro Gardens and Monte Palace Gardens

    • Visit the natural rock pools on the north of the island in Porto Moniz

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Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 75 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
7 out of 10


York Group
The toboggan ride and cable car. Didn't venture far outside Funchal so cannot rate Madeira as a whole.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 16 March 2020
Published on: 21 March 2020
10 out of 10


Windsor Couple
This is our third visit to Madeira and we love walking in the stunning countryside and along the levadas.
We cannot comment on the night life.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 11 March 2020
Published on: 12 March 2020
10 out of 10


Hampshire Couple
The view from the villa
Extras such as hand soaps and dishwasher tablets. Electric gates
Comfortable bed. Good washing machine. Hearing in pool to take chill off. Welcome from Vanda and cleaning ladies
Good tv but could have had a few extra English channels. Not really a criticism but a suggestion
Confirmed stay: 02 March 2020
Published on: 03 March 2020
9 out of 10


The great choices of places to eat
The hilly bits. Plenty of them!
Confirmed stay: 22 November 2019
Published on: 27 November 2019
10 out of 10


Tadley Family (with only pre-school children)
Great restaurants and good value town was very clean and friendly
You need a vehicle to go anywhere outside of the towns
Confirmed stay: 11 November 2019
Published on: 12 November 2019
9 out of 10


Family with teenagers plus
Outdoor activities - canyoning and surfing
Entrance sliproad to villa was a bit steep and gates were narrow but it was not a big deal
Confirmed stay: 01 November 2019
Published on: 05 November 2019
7 out of 10


Grantham Family (the eldest child is at school)
The weather.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 28 October 2019
Published on: 29 October 2019
10 out of 10


Sleaford Group
All of it
There wasn't any
Confirmed stay: 28 October 2019
Published on: 30 October 2019
10 out of 10


Market Deeping, Peterborough Couple
Funchal a lovely place, very clean. People overall very friendly. Loads of shops & cafe’s & eating places. Cable car & gardens. Plenty to do. Weather glorious for October 25+.
Some of the driving atrocious!
Confirmed stay: 11 October 2019
Published on: 12 October 2019
10 out of 10


Llangollen Couple
The privacy, space and beautiful surroundings.
Not too many good restaurants within walking distance.
Confirmed stay: 07 October 2019
Published on: 09 October 2019
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