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 outstanding landscapes, whilst the cosmopolitan and vibrant town of Funchal combines historic splendor and breathtaking natural beauty with a thoroughly modern atmosphere; varying from historical monuments and pebble beaches to great bars and restaurants. Madeira is a unique destination, offering a full range of activities and water sports for all ages, whilst 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 Madeira the perfect holiday location.Learn more about Madeira »
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.12 villas 15mins Funchal
Set on a beautiful hillside location, with stunning views of the city of Funchal and its harbour, Palheiro is a fantastic golf and spa resort on the island of Madeira.7 villas 15mins Funchal
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.6 villas 45mins Funchal
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.5 villas 10mins Funchal
Made up of traditional cobbled streets, and with a handful of bars and restaurants; the charming village of Canico de Baixo is the perfect destination for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.2 villas 15mins Funchal
Located on the sunny south-west coast of Madeira; the small, peaceful village of Faja da Ovelha is centered around a small chapel that sits on top of a rock.2 villas 55mins Funchal
Ideally located within a ten minute drive of the airport, the lush hillside village of Gaula benefits from scenic views over the local countryside and out to sea.1 villa 10mins Funchal
Known as the sunniest place in Madeira, the pretty town of Ponta do Sol is home to a pebbled beachfront with a selection of restaurants, bars and shops.1 villa 40mins Funchal
A small picturesque village, surrounded by mountains, green valleys and nature trails.1 villa 55mins Funchal
Santa Cruz is a charming resort set on the east coast of Madeira, only a few kilometres from the airport and a 15 minute drive into the capital; Funchal, which is well worth a visit.1 villa 10mins Funchal
We have chosen a selection of 20 villas from our full list of properties in Madeira. Find the perfect villa below:
Ponta Do Sol, Madeira
Santa Cruz, Madeira
Palheiro Golf Resort, Madeira
Palheiro Golf Resort, Madeira
Faja da Ovelha, Madeira
Canico de Baixo, Madeira
Faja da Ovelha, Madeira
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 walks. 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.
Sometimes even the best of us need a little inspiration. Here are some recommendations from us to help you find your perfect holiday
Whether swimming in the sea or sunbathing on the sand, take advantage of a property located close to the beach.View Villas
Take time out to relax in your infinity pool whilst overlooking the sapphire waters that extend beautifully to the horizon.View Villas
Enjoy a location close to the heart of the action with plenty of amenities nearby, perfect if you prefer not to hire a car.View Villas
Whether its for family fun or just a few lengths in the morning, enjoy all the space and freedom that comes with a large pool.View Villas
Our smaller villas are perfect for couples offering all the space, privacy and freedom to enjoy a fantastic holiday just for two.View Villas
From neighbouring properties to stand alone villas that sleep up to 20 people, there are plenty of options for large groups.View Villas
Take in the wonderful site of the surrounding area from the comfort and privacy of your own villaView Villas
Nothing beats being able to enjoy a barbecue by the side of your pool, in the comfort of your own private villa.View Villas
Chill out in our air conditioned villas - respite from the midday sun and a guaranteed cool and comfortable nights' sleep.View Villas
Take a look at the added entertainment on offer at these fantastic villas - and perhaps swap the swimming pool for a pool table!View Villas
Travelling outside of the summer season? Don't worry - enjoy a long, leisurely swim at these villas with heated pools.View Villas
Free Wi-Fi connectivity makes it easy to plan your holiday itinerary - or show off your fantastic villa to your friends back home.View Villas
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