Madeira



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.

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.

Funchal
Belmond Reid's Palace, established for over 100 years, is set in 10 acres of sub-tropical gardens with a Spa, elegant interiors and a refined atmosphere. ...

Sao Vicente
Estalagem do Vale Hotel is an historic and family friendly country house well placed for exploring the charming village of Sao Vicente and surrounding area. Facilities include an outdoor pool, childre...

Funchal
Windsor Hotel offers art deco theming and comfortable accommodation, a couple of minutes walk from the shopping streets in the old town of Funchal....

Funchal
The Quinta da Serra is a restored 18th century family mansion set within 12 acres of botanical gardens, in rural surroundings....

Funchal
Vine Hotel is a 5-star hotel styled by Madeiran interior designer, Nini Andrade Silva. The hotel offers well equipped and comfortable guest accommodation and features a rooftop sun-terrace with pool a...

Funchal
Hotel Dorisol Pousada Dos Vinhaticos is a cosy mountain hotel with panoramic views. Ideally suited to hikers and nature lovers, it is surrounded by lush greenery and sheer ravines....

Canico
As the name suggests, this modern hotel offers sports enthusiasts a number of activities and facilities to enjoy, in a secluded and peaceful area....

Porto Moniz
Aqua Natura Madeira Hotel overlooks the natural swimming pools of Porto Moniz and offers a diving centre, modern accommodation and a welcoming atmosphere....

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