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We very much enjoyed our stay in Paul Do Mar, It is a most wonderful location right on the sea shore in a small fishing village with views over the blue sea. Close walking distance to three bar/resturants serving local fish but quiet and peaceful at night. You need to have a hire car but access to the island is very good now with all the new roads, only 35-40 mins from the airport and less into Funchal. Good simple accomodation with everthing you need for your stay. Giorgio, the owner, was most helpful and made sure everthing was prepared for our arrival. The island is lush and beautiful with temperatures in the low 20s, so green and sunny compaired with a grey and cold UK in November. Will be be going back? You bet!
We spent 5 nights in Palheiro Cottage, and found it a very comfortable place to stay. Everything was clean and in immaculate condition and the kitchen well equipped. Jenny was very helpful, promptly supplying two heaters and an electric blanket when it turned cold in the evenings, and we really appreciated the welcome pack, with home-made jam, eggs, and a bottle of wine.
The cottage is well situated for the coast (a sheltered sea pool to swim in in Calheta) and Levada walks, and, being high up above the town, the views down to the sea are fantastic in all weathers. Although on a street with other houses the only noises to disturb us were those of barking and howling dogs. Parking is on-street, but there was never a problem finding a space. Our only problem really was the toilet, which cannot even manage toilet paper - we felt this meant it was not really fit for purpose.