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Destination guide

Majestic beauty near Madeira District holiday lettings

Little more than a pinprick on the map, Madeira certainly isn't humble when you see it for yourself. It hulks from the Atlantic Ocean like some petrified giant, a mass of black-rock volcanic stone and verdant rainforest that's set to take the breath away. Together, the isles of Madeira, Porto Santo and Desertas form the archipelago, packing in football-mad cities like Funchal, world-class golf courses, misty botanical gardens, rustic Portuguese tavernas – the list goes on. Seek out your Madeira holiday rentals to get a poolside view of this handsome, ocean-ringed getaway this year.

Things to do

Attractions near your holiday rental in the Madeira District

Madeira might just be the most football-mad place in all of Portugal. That might sound like a tall order, but this is the home of one Cristiano Ronaldo, after all. You can now unravel the rise of the island's own megastar at the shiny Museu CR7 in Funchal. Trophies, 100s of them, sports kits, sculptures and all sorts of footie paraphernalia help to chronicle his glorious goal-scoring career. Nearby, the Jardim Botanico is for those less soccer-inclined. It's got multicoloured orchids and palms and curious plants of all shapes and hues.

Activities

Things to do near Madeira District holiday homes

Madeira's ethereal landscapes of mist-gathering volcanos and forested valleys are a veritable playground for those who like an adventure. Some will hit the hair-pinning roads on a motorbike or 4 wheels for a montage of banana farms and sweeping Atlantic views. Others will pull on the walking boots to conquer the rugged trails of Ponta de Sao Lourenco or Bica da Cana, where waxy orchids and unforgettable panoramas unfold. Others will seek out Madeira holiday rentals by the sea, whiling away days on kayaks or with scuba gear to spot octopi and dolphins and more.

Weather

Climate during your stay in Madeira holiday homes

Fold up the swimming shorts and tropical shirts if you're heading to Madeira in the summer months that begin with June and end with September – those are the hottest times of all. You can expect regular highs nearing 30 then, often with the edge taken off courtesy of the ocean breezes. Trips in winter mean swapping booming crowds in popular towns like Funchal and Estreito da Calheta for lower temperatures more suited to hiking. What's more, seeking out Madeira holiday rentals between November and March promises to leave plenty of euros for those local seafood smorgasbords.

Natural features

Madeira's mighty peaks

It's the mountains that give Madeira its striking outline. Soaring to almost 2,000 metres above sea level with the cloud-piercing summit of Pico Ruivo, the islands are actually the tip of a colossal underwater volcano. Losing altitude means passing through a ring of lush laurel forests that suck in moisture from the regular sea fogs, growing moss-green and verdant above the ocean. Along the coast is where the black-stone ridges mingle with the Atlantic, forming salt-washed cliffs and the occasional beachfront, all encompassed by dolphin-peppered waves and the dramatic reserves of the Ponta de Sao Lourenco.

Family friendly

Family fun near Madeira District holiday homes

If you’re travelling with family, you’ll find an abundance of kid-friendly attractions in Madeira District. Holiday homes are available near places like Ponta de São Lourenço, an island with a nature reserve, wildlife and cliff hikes, and São Vicente Caves, a lava tube system and museum with a 3-D movie and exhibits about volcanism. Kids will also like Santa Catarina Park, a park and garden with recreation areas and native wildlife.

Good for couples

Couple's fun near Madeira District holiday homes

Madeira District has beautiful outdoor spaces and romantic locations to enjoy on a couple’s retreat. Holiday homes are available near places like Pico do Arieiro, a mountain peak with a cafe and gift shop overlooking the clouds, and Madeira Botanical Garden, a hillside botanical garden with a bird park, natural history museum and glasshouses. You could also visit the Monte Palace Tropical Garden, a multilevel garden with exotic trees, flowers, ponds, sculptures and a mineral museum.

How many holiday rentals are available around Madeira Region?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,694 holiday lettings around Madeira Region. From 351 villas to 876 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Madeira Region?

Perhaps it's the spectacular ocean vistas, or maybe it's the chance to simply chill out during those long summer days. There's just something about a beach escape that appeals to one and all. There are 1,076 beachside holiday rentals to choose from. Of course, that mightn't work for everyone. Luckily, HomeAway has a bunch of other options, including:

  • 1,023 ocean-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 618 mountainside holiday accommodation options.
  • 600 rural holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Madeira Region?

If you're looking for space to spread out, relax and maybe even cook up a dinner or two, you're going to love having your very own apartment. HomeAway has 1,155 for you to choose from here. How does £17 a night sound? That's what you could be spending if you don't leave it too long! Or perhaps you'd rather pick one of the area's other popular self-catering accommodation options, such as:

  • House: 839 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £9 per night.
  • Villa: 355 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £30 per night.
  • Cottage: 112 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £22 per night.

Can I stay in Madeira Region in a large group?

The recipe for a memorable holiday is hanging out with your favourite people in a completely new place. If you're hitting the road with a large group, HomeAway has options. Why not have a squiz at the 232 house holiday rentals listed here? They're the most popular option for big groups of visitors. The holiday rentals that can provide for large groups in this area include:

  • If yours is a party of 6, we offer 1,140 rental accommodation perfect for that size. Stay a night for as little as £23.
  • Need a holiday property for 8 people? We have 394 that will be perfect. The starting price is £32 per night.
  • Hunting down rental properties to suit 5 guests? You'll be glad to know we have 364 that'll be perfect. You can score one for as little as £25 a night.

So don't fret! When you travel with us you can bring your uncle, your grandma and all your pals to Madeira Region.

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Madeira Region?

Those narrow hotel hallways are no place to spend those precious holiday moments! Discover our value-for-money holiday rentals today and ensure everybody in your group has room to move. Ponta Delgada is an awesome area to take a look at if you want to keep your budget under control. HomeAway has 130 holiday rentals, and the average price is a very affordable £54 per night. There are another 1,009 HomeAway holiday rentals awaiting you in or around Arco Da Calheta. The average price in this area is £66 a night.