Cheap Holidays to Madeira

An enchanting holiday destination combining holidays in the city, on the beach and in the mountains, the perfect place for relaxation. Due to it's geographical position, Madeira tends to be an all year round destination, with warm summers and mild winters.

The capital, Funchal has something of a split personality, with narrow, charming backstreets with family-run tavernas to the cosmopolitan vibe at the marina with the many pavement cafes and up-market seafood restaurants, providing a little something for everyone.

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How Hot?

Madeira is a popular holiday destination any time of the year, where the weather along the coastal areas is temperate and mild, with hardly any extreme changes, though warm clothing is advisable for visiting the mountains.

Average temperatures in the winter are 63ºF and 78ºF in summer, with sea temperatures being virtually the same due to a warm gulf stream that surrounds the island all year round.

Out and About

The Portuguese island of Madeira is an upmarket tourist destination with the main tourist area being Funchal, the capital city. Madeira is popular with nature lovers, walkers and hikers and those who are keen on learning about the rich history and culture of the island.

The deep waters surrounding Madeira are perfect for spotting a huge variety of fish, dolphins and migrating whales. There are many boat safaris available so you can get a closer look at the different variety of whale which include humpback, pilot and sperm whale.

For history lovers, a trip on a replica of the 'Santa Maria', the ship that Christopher Columbus was on when he discovered the Americas, is a great day out. The ship sails round the south coast and takes visitors back in time whilst taking in the unique and wonderful views of Madeira.

One of the best ways to take in the wonderful views to take a trip on the panoramic balloon in Funchal. The balloon rises 150m, giving fantastic views of the surrounding area. There is also a museum at the base station which provides an interesting history of Madeira.

If the hot air balloon is not your cup of tea, why not take a trip in one of the many cable cars or scenic elevators. Not only is it great fun but you can get some great photo opportunities as you pass through the rugged terrain of those hard to reach areas of the island.

The subtropical climate in Madeira means it is a great place for golf and there are many great golf courses to be found.

Out for Lunch!

The food in Madeira is based on peasant tradition with local produce being used in all types of cooking.

Main meals are the main priority in a Madeiran diet, starters are not a high point, but if its a starter you're after then try a hot Bolo do Caco with garlic butter and parsley. It is a wheat flour bread usually found at public fairs and feasts.

Meat is a fantastic choice of dish to choose whilst here. The traditional dishes include Carne de Vinho e Alhos, Picado and Espetada, all grilled meats. Soup is also a very big hit in Madeira.

All over the country you will find a variety of restaurants offering typical traditional food as well as International food.

Quick Facts

Flight Time - From Glasgow 4 hrs, From Manchester 3 hrs 55 mins, From London 3 hrs 45 mins

Currency - Euro

Nightlife - Restaurants, Bars and Cafes - mixed

Best Time to Visit: All year round with the best of the weather in April to October

Top Hotels In Madeira

Here's a list of our top accommodations in Madeira, ranked by our customer ratings and reviews.

Castanheiro Boutique Hotel View rates for Castanheiro Boutique Hotel
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Funchal
Castanheiro Boutique Hotel is set in a renovated historic building with pleasant courtyards, a roof-top lap pool with panoramic views and stylish accommodation....

4.8 / 5 from 4 reviews

Porto Santa Maria Hotel View rates for Porto Santa Maria Hotel
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Funchal
Porto Santa Maria Hotel is an adult only spa hotel in the heart of the old town overlooking the harbour and well placed to explore the city and its museums, gardens and markets....

5 / 5 from 7 reviews

Melia Madeira Mare Resort and Spa View rates for Melia Madeira Mare Resort and Spa
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Funchal
Melia Madeira Mare Resort and Spa on the Lido Promenade is a modern and elegant resort style hotel with a variety of facilities to suit everyone. ...

4.7 / 5 from 15 reviews

Quinta Da Casa Branca Hotel View rates for Quinta Da Casa Branca Hotel
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Funchal
Quinta Da Casa Branca Hotel is set amid the extensive tropical gardens of a 19th century estate, a few minutes walk from the lido promenade....

5 / 5 from 6 reviews

Pestana Village Garden Aparthotel View rates for Pestana Village Garden Aparthotel
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Funchal
The Pestana Village Aparthotel is designed in Madeiran style surrounded by an award winning tropical garden. It has indoor and outdoor pools, a heath club and a choice of restaurants....

4.4 / 5 from 5 reviews

Cliff Bay Resort Hotel View rates for Cliff Bay Resort Hotel
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Funchal
Cliff Bay Resort Hotel enjoys panoramic views over Funchal Bay, direct access to the sea, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a Spa and a choice of social and dining venues including a Michelin starred...

4.7 / 5 from 11 reviews

Pestana Promenade Ocean Hotel View rates for Pestana Promenade Ocean Hotel
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Funchal
Pestana Promenade Ocean Hotel, on the Lido Promenade overlooking the ocean, is well placed for a relaxing break with easy access into the city centre....

4.7 / 5 from 9 reviews

Enotel Lido Madeira Hotel View rates for Enotel Lido Madeira Hotel
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Funchal
The Enotel Lido Madeira is a luxury 5 star all inclusive hotel with on-site entertainment for adults and children. There is a choice of bars and restaurants and the beach is on the doorstep....

4.5 / 5 from 35 reviews

Savoy Calheta Beach Hotel View rates for Savoy Calheta Beach Hotel
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Calheta
Hotel Calheta Beach sits right in front of the beach at Calheta, next to the Marina and offers a good choice of sports and leisure facilities....

4.6 / 5 from 8 reviews

Pestana Casino Park Hotel View rates for Pestana Casino Park Hotel
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Funchal
The Pestana Casino Park Hotel, an impressive and sophisticated hotel designed by the world famous Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer, is set in landscaped gardens and boasts a wealth of leisure facili...

4.1 / 5 from 7 reviews

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