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.
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 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 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 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.
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
Funchal, the capital of Madeira, is a natural amphitheatre edged with mountains. Its streets are paved with black and white mosaics and lined with jacaranda trees. A truly aromatic city of scents and colours.
Calheta is a beautiful coastal resort, featuring Madeira’s only golden sandy beach where you will find a choice of very nice bars and restaurants, as well as a beautiful marina ideal for an evening stroll.
Near Funchal, Garajau is a small resort situated along the southern cliffs with spectacular ocean views - perfect for those looking for the activities of the capital but some peace and quiet by the sea.
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Scores 8.9 out of 10based on 95 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
7 out of 10
Calheta Family with adult children
The Villa was definitely the focal point of this stay.
Very little to do on the whole of the Island if you are after just a relaxing Villa week then it’s a great choice but if you want to go out and explore and have a lot of restaurants choices then it would not be a place I would recommend
Confirmed stay: 15 July 2019 Published on: 16 July 2019 8 out of 10
Bishops Stortford Family (the eldest child is at school)
View, infinity pool, large reception rooms, sauna
Really uncomfortable beds
Confirmed stay: 14 July 2019 Published on: 15 July 2019 5 out of 10
Maldon Family (the eldest child is at school)
Not many restaurants near by.
Confirmed stay: 08 July 2019 Published on: 09 July 2019 8 out of 10
Family (the eldest child is at school)
Views, villa, quaint village feel
Driving a bit scary - very steep climbs but obviously can't avoid as volcanic mountain!
Confirmed stay: 01 July 2019 Published on: 03 July 2019 10 out of 10
The people are friendly, eating out is cheap and the lifestyle is relaxed.
Coming home at the end of the holiday!!
Confirmed stay: 24 June 2019 Published on: 29 June 2019 10 out of 10
Love Madeira- a truly beautiful island with delightful and charming people. Èxcellent restaurants and amazing and breathtaking scenery.
Confirmed stay: 24 June 2019 Published on: 25 June 2019 8 out of 10
Beaconsfield Adult family and friend
Eating out was excellent and the dolphin watching trip was superb
Confirmed stay: 22 June 2019 Published on: 24 June 2019 8 out of 10
The Funchal Cable Car
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 17 June 2019 Published on: 19 June 2019 7 out of 10
Had a cable ride and came down in a toboggan also went on a Rib to see plenty of dolphins H2O is the best company for this
Villa isn’t called sabalia it’s called Ruby Dom 89 which caused confusion to get to the villa it’s a very steep hill and sharp turn to get into driveway which also has a step to get over
Confirmed stay: 14 June 2019 Published on: 19 June 2019 9 out of 10
The villa was lovely The views were amazing The local supermarket was very good and within walking distance. The restaurants we excellent The sea front was lovely Villa easily found from airport
Absolutely no bad points We were warned about steps but not a problem and we are both in our sixties.
Confirmed stay: 10 June 2019 Published on: 12 June 2019
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