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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 8.9 out of 10 based on 77 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
10 out of 10


Funchal Couple
The walking, amazing views and so easy to get to. The people were very kind and polite.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 16 September 2019
Published on: 17 September 2019
10 out of 10


Lots of sights to see.
Never too busy.
Great weather
Very steep roads - a SatNav is really useful in getting to locations around here.
Confirmed stay: 09 September 2019
Published on: 10 September 2019
10 out of 10


Warwickshire Family (the eldest child is at school)
All of it
Confirmed stay: 26 August 2019
Published on: 01 September 2019
10 out of 10


Family (the eldest child is at school)
Lovely restaurants.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 26 August 2019
Published on: 27 August 2019
10 out of 10


Cambridge Family (the eldest child is at school)
People are friendly. Scenery is stunning.
Not good for vegetarians.
Confirmed stay: 26 August 2019
Published on: 27 August 2019
7 out of 10


Ludgershall Family with children over
Beautiful island with amazing scenery and views. Lots to see and do.
Very steep hills as the whole place is built onto the sides of mountains.
Confirmed stay: 23 August 2019
Published on: 24 August 2019
10 out of 10


Aylesbury Family (the eldest child is at school)
Volcanic caves at Sao Vincente
Natural swimming pools at Porto Moniz
Cable car at Fajã dos Padres
Glass top cliff view at Cabo Girão
Local cocktail bad, Pukiki
Cable car at Funchal
Toboggan ride at Monte
Dolphin spotting at Funchal
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 17 August 2019
Published on: 18 August 2019
10 out of 10


Family (the eldest child is at school)
Visit to Porto Moniz & swimming in the rock pools. Visit to Monte gardens and basket ride back to Funchal; peninsular walk at Sao Laurenco; Dolphin sighting trip with Magic Dolphin co. on a small catamaran; Meal at Theo's cafe bar in Funchal. Walk to Rabacall waterfall; family canyoning trip.
Noise of dogs in neighbouring houses
No-one came to look after the pool (that we were aware of)
When the Gardener visits the property should be advised in the info. we were not aware & he came on a day we were actually staying in. Not a problem, just would be better to know for planning.
we didn't stay for longer than 2 weeks!
Confirmed stay: 16 August 2019
Published on: 18 August 2019
9 out of 10


Worcestershire Family (the eldest child is at school)
Madeira is beautiful.
Roads are a little interesting at times. Very hilly and quite cloudy.
Lots to do if you want to.
Everyone was really friendly.
Roads - but you get used to them.
Confirmed stay: 12 August 2019
Published on: 24 August 2019
8 out of 10


Bourne Family (the eldest child is at school)
Eating out in Funchal
Exploring levadas
Walking to end of island near Machico
Cable car/wicker toboggan
Driving around the island is so easy
Cloudy weather in August
Confirmed stay: 12 August 2019
Published on: 15 August 2019
Views and opinions in these reviews are solely of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of James Villa Holidays (JVH). JVH provides no assurances regarding the accuracy of the information and cannot accept liability for complaints, loss or damage resulting from the article. It does not form part of the contract made when a holiday is booked with JVH and the information provided is not intended to be a rider or replacement to the booking conditions. Reference to the service or product of a third party, is not an endorsement or recommendation and JVH accepts no liability as a result of complaints, loss or damage arising from their use.

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