Destination guide

Spectacular views in Arco da Calheta

Wedged on a small plinth of volcanic rock at the base of Madeira's mighty coastal mountains, the pint-sized parish of Arco da Calheta is a spectacular spot. Its whitewashed homes and their terracotta-topped roofs speckle the verdant landscape like seashells washed up from the Atlantic. Higher up, occupying soaring spots on the cliffs, some Arco da Calheta holiday rentals come with 180-degree views that take the breath away. It's a haven for paragliders and hikers, or those just seeking a serene corner of the Isle of Flowers. Tempted?

Things to do

Excursions galore from Arco da Calheta

Arco da Calheta holiday rentals are all about immersing yourself in Madeira's wild coastal reaches. But if you'd like to seek out some chart-topping attractions nearby, hop in the car and head to Funchal. It's less than 35 minutes away, and is packed with attractions. Take in the 15th-century Cathedral of Funchal and the blooming Madeira Botanical Gardens, with their waxy orchids, lush azaleas and spiny cacti. Don't miss the CR7 Museum, either. It's an odyssey through the life and achievements of the island's most-famous son, Cristiano Ronaldo.


Two sides to Arco da Calheta

If you're finding it hard to reconcile peaceful breakfasts of Portuguese fruit with adrenaline-pumping jumps from the top of Madeira's cliffs, then you're just starting to get a feel for what Arco da Calheta is all about. One moment, you could be kicking back with a coffee in the seaside cafes. The next, hiking rugged trails through banana plantations and wildflower meadows. One morning, you might be relaxing on the yellow-sand beaches, only to find yourself paragliding off soaring mountain miradors in the afternoon.


Year-round attractions in Arco da Calheta

There's never a bad time to seek out those Arco da Calheta holiday rentals. This is Madeira, which means the weather's usually good all year round. Summers are the hottest, with June, July and August proving the most popular of all. That said, the winter months between November and March can be truly pleasant. There are fewer people around then and the days are breezier and less humid. Spring and autumn are perfect if you're looking to do some hiking, so why not visit in April, May or October?

Natural features

Explore Madeira's mountains in Arco da Calheta

Arco da Calheta gets its name from the smattering of small villages that arc around the sheer-cut Atlantic cliffs on this side of the island. The result is a town that never fails to take the breath away. Perfectly-located for hikers and adventurers looking to explore Madeira's mountains, take just a few steps from the artificial sand beach along the shore and you could find yourself surrounded by dense laurisilva forests, where wild orchids and ferns pop up from the mist plumes.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Arco da Calheta

Fly into Funchal (FNC-Cristiano Ronaldo), the closest airport, located 21.8 mi (35 km) from the city centre.

How many holiday rentals are available around Arco Da Calheta?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,170 holiday lettings around Arco Da Calheta. From 212 villas to 222 flats & apartments, 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.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Arco Da Calheta?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Arco Da Calheta:

  • São Martinho: 840 holiday homes
  • Santa Maria Maior: 480 holiday homes
  • Sé: 507 holiday homes
  • Santa Luzia: 496 holiday homes
  • Sao Pedro: 553 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Arco Da Calheta? offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Arco Da Calheta. From travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Madeira Congress Center: 2,537 holiday lettings
  • Funchal Marina: 2,530 holiday lettings
  • Madeira Casino: 2,422 holiday lettings
  • Madeira Stadium: 2,343 holiday lettings
  • Formosa Beach: 2,514 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Arco Da Calheta listed on where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Arco Da Calheta?

Yes, of course. offers 212 Villas in Arco Da Calheta. Our other popular types of Arco Da Calheta holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 222 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 512 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 100 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Arco Da Calheta?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 460 holiday homes with pool available in Arco Da Calheta. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.