: Funchal ferry to neighbouring island, Porto Santo
: Arco da Calheta
Florenças is approximately 8km north west of Arco da Calheta, a pretty village on the south coast of Madeira. It is the perfect holiday destination if you want to be 'away from it all'. Thanks to the new coastal road system everywhere on the island is now within easy reach, including the bustling capital city of Funchal. Some of the island's top attractions are only a short drive away: on your doorstep you have magnificent levada walking and within ten minutes you can be on Madeira's only golden sandy beach at Calheta. Here there is also a large marina offering dolphin and whale watching boat trips and deep sea fishing excurions. Fifteen minutes' drive will bring you to the laurel, levada and waterfall wonderland of Rabaçal and the wide open expanses of the Paul da Serra.
Other Activities: Calheta beach, 10 kms away, is the only beach with golden sand on the island. Deep sea fishing is available from the new marina next to the beach.
Ski: JULY 2007: MR & MRS ORR from Stenhousemuir, Scotland
We have had a superb holiday - great weather, fantastic views, lovely places to visit and eat. The Casa is beautiful, spacious and well equipped with everything you could possibly need. Although we ate out quite a bit it was a pleasure to cook in the kitchen! We were surprised by the relatively low cost of food in the supermarket in Calheta, the fillet steaks were a treat. There are plenty of excellent restaurants - we enjoyed the espada at Calheta Beach Hotel with the passion fruit sauce adding that extra 'zing'! We have travelled the length and breadth of the island and it was great to return in the late afternoon and have a swim in the pool. Temps were between 25º-28ºC, just perfect! The fact that the casa is 'off the beaten track' and in a real rural area adds to the sense of peace and tranquility and has ensured we are returning home relaxed and refreshed!
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