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.