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Holidays to Madeira
Whether you hope to spend your days relaxing on the beach, exploring the cobbled streets of the old town or hiking through the mountains, Madeira offers it all and has been repeatedly voted as one of the world’s top island destinations. For fantastic deals on flights, and hotels book your holiday to Madeira with Sunshine.co.uk today.
Food & Drink
Appetisers are not as popular in Madeira although Bolo da caco, a flatbread that is smothered with garlic butter and parsley, is often eaten before the main meal and at public fairs or feasts. Soup is also a very popular, and very tasty dish in Madeira and the sopa de tomate e cebola (tomato and onion soup topped with a poached egg) comes highly recommended.
Across Madeira, there is also a range of restaurants serving diverse, international food as well as the more traditional spots so you won’t be short of choice when it comes to dining out. If you enjoy a tipple, why not sample some famous Madeira wine or even visit one of the island’s wineries.
If you prefer the sea to mountains, then the gorgeous deep waters off the island are ideal for spotting fish, dolphins and migrating whales. Holidaymakers can go on a boat safari and discover the sea-life, you may be likely to spot a number of species of whale including humpback, pilot and sperm.
History lovers will have plenty of opportunities to discover Madeira’s fascinating past, there are many churches and cathedrals to visit as well as organised tours around important landmarks such as the Valley of the Nuns. This small village, located in an extinct volcano crater, is home to the 16th century Santa Clara Convent where nuns would seek shelter and hide from pirates attacking the city.
Madeira also boasts some world-class golf courses set within a breath-taking landscape. Santo da Serra is considered one of the world’s finest courses as is Palheiro Golf. Keen players can purchase a Madeira Island Golf Passport allowing them to enjoy the holes and views at both courses.
The islands capital city Funchal promises a vibrant nightlife scene with a diverse choice of bars and nightclubs. Popular places to enjoy a tipple include the Revelucion Rock Bar located in the old town. This venue stays open until late serving fabulous cocktails and playing rock favourites. The Madeira Rum House is also a popular spot and a great place to relax and sip on a locally produced rum drink as the sun sets. If you’re staying in Calheta, why not visit Madeira’s first tiki bar. Pukiki Bar promises a laid back vibe and an extensive cocktail menu.
Located on the southwest coast of Madeira, Calheta offers a laid back atmosphere and colourful views making it a truly beautiful place. Holidaymakers can get involved in a wide range of water sports at the marina, relax on the golden, sandy beaches or explore the islands stunning mountainous landscape.
Divided into two sections, Canico is a unique blend of old and new with a traditional square and Old Village, as well as a modern resort area. There’s also a pebble beach and opportunities for activities such as water sports, hiking and golf. A luxury holiday spot, it’s an ideal destination for those seeking a peaceful break although it is only a short trip from the shopping and nightlife scene of the city.
The capital city of Madeira, Funchal is a bustling centre with many shops, restaurants and bars. Although it’s a small place, the city offers plenty to do and see including the waterside promenade and charming Old Town. History lovers should visit the colonial style manor house, Jardin Do Palheiro and the blooming, botanical gardens.
A vibrant fishing village, Porto Moniz boasts natural swimming pools along the rocky coastline and is also a fantastic place to dive, surf and go canoeing. There’s also a promenade which connects the pools to a pier where you can enjoy a meal or do some retail therapy.
A quaint and scenic village, Prazares sits on a flat terrace and boasts spectacular views over both the Atlantic and dramatic inland. It’s the perfect destination for nature-lovers with opportunities to explore the landscape, go birdwatching or visit the zoo.
Surrounded by vineyards and sitting at the edge of the cliffs, Santa Cruz offers rugged, natural beauty and is an ideal destination for adventuring. Holidaymakers can enjoy walking trails, historic architecture and a pebbled beach. For family fun, head to the Water Park for a great day of splashing around and making precious memories.
Considered one of the main villages on the north coast, Sao Vicente is popular with surfers and other water sport enthusiasts. However, there’s also plenty to do inland including a visit to the volcanic caves and the fascinating chapel that is built into the rock. The village is also home to some excellent seafood restaurants
Useful Info for Madeira Holidays
If you’re travelling to Madeira from the UK, then the flight time is around 3 hours to 4 hours.
The local currency used in Madeira is the Euro, at Sunshine.co.uk we recommend visitors shop around for the best exchange rate to ensure a fair price due to regular changes in value.
The local language in Madeira is Portuguese. However, locals may speak English in the more popular tourist areas and hotels, meaning English-speaking holidaymakers can easily communicate and navigate the island.
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