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Make holiday rental accommodation or a rental villa in Madeira your home away from home

Madeira Archipelago, 1,000 km off the coast of Portugal, consists of two inhabited islands, Madeira Island and Porto Santo, and two groups of uninhabited rock formations. Having been an important coaling station for cross Atlantic ships, Madeira quickly became a holiday paradise retreat for those on cruise ships. Madeira Island has become one of the world’s favourite island paradises, where visitors can sit back and relax in the tranquillity and charm of a Madeira holiday villa.

Places to holiday in Madeira, Portugal

The capital, Funchal, is a charming city which climbs the rocky hills from the harbour. The sights and sounds of Funchal are all accessible on foot from any self catering Madeira apartment. There are many sights to see in Funchal, but much of your time here will be spent in a café or restaurant sampling the cakes and fine sweet wines of Madeira.

The famous port of Calheta is best known for its yachts, although in my mind it should be known for its stunning natural beauty. A sailing holiday to Madeira would hugely benefit from a Madeira holiday rental in Calheta.

Santa Cruz is a magnificent destination for a Madeira holiday rental. Set in one of the most rural parts of Madeira Island, it has a variety of magnificent secluded beaches to enjoy.

Things to do in Madeira, Portugal

On arriving at your Madeira villa, you will notice that the pace of life is not blistering! A Madeira holiday does however have the advantage of a magnificent climate and blissful surroundings, so there are many leisure activities to be enjoyed if you can tear yourself away from the Madeira beaches. Madeira is such a small island, it is hard to imagine just how much there is to see and do on a family holiday to Madeira, but one trip will certainly not be enough! Fine beaches, picturesque villages, huge volcanic caves, awe-inspiring views, fine wines, magnificent walking and superb deep sae fishing are all regular features on a Madeira holiday.

Walking in Madeira along the waterways or ‘levadas’ provides a remarkable experience. The countryside is spectacular, and the walking is not to strenuous. Public facilities for tennis, squash and many sports are available at Quinta Magnolia.

The deep sea fishing in Madeira is second to none. From June until September the best fishermen in the world arrive looking for blue marlin and blue fin tuna. Most fishing trips will take you past Cabo Girao, the highest cliffs in Europe.

Golf in Madeira is great. There are two main courses, but be warned, playing a round of golf in Madeira will test your fitness! Weekends in Madeira however should be spent sampling a local festa. Local music, food and dancing at these festas occur every weekend throughout the summer.

A family holiday can also take advantage of Madeira Theme Park, Santa CruzAqua Park and the Island tours on offer. Whale watching, surfing, scuba diving and balloon rides are also available, so there is certainly no shortage of entertainment from a Madeira holiday villa!

Weather in Madeira, Portugal

Madeira has a magnificent climate. Summers are warm, but not scorching, with average temperatures of around 24°C, peaking around 33°C. Winters can be wet, but temperatures only drop 4°C from summer temperatures, so a holiday to Madeira is perfect for a summer break or if you are searching for a villa bathed in winter sun.

Travel to Madeira, Portugal

Madeira Airport (FNC) on the eastern side of the Island, is about half an hour from Funchal. There are many cheap flights to Madeira from the UK, some direct, others may have to change on the Portuguese mainland. For cheap flights to Madeira, try looking at seasonal deals or offers from British Airways.

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                                                                                                      Very nice and spacious property

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      The house manager Jorge and wife were extremely helpful. On arrival in Calheta we were a little bit lost for exact location of house, this was quickly addressed with phone call to Jorge who arranged for his wife to quickly meet us and take us to the property. 1st impression was vey good and remained as such throuout our stay. The house had everything needed for self catering . The TV was ok but their was a lack of English based programmes. Location and view from property was nice overlooking the Atlantic, their was some local noise from neighbouring properties making house repairs, but not a problem. I would recommend the property to anyone wanting a quiet location and as sai very helpful house manager. Regards Michaylo Fedyk
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Super gelegene, gut eingerichtete Wohnung

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Wir wurden pünktlich von Alan am Flughafen abgeholt und zum Appartment gefahren. Dabei erzählte er uns schon einiges über Madeira. Die Wohnung erklärte er uns ausführlich, sodass wir uns sofort wie zu Hause fühlten. Bettwäsche und Handtücher waren von guter Qualität. Die Sicht vom Balkon war herrlich, wir sahen das Meer, und die Seilbahngondeln fuhren direkt über unser Haus (völlig geräuschlos). Lediglich die Einrichtung der Küche war mäßig: wer längere Zeit dort ist und kochen möchte, findet nur unzureichende Pfannen (zwei hätten wir zu Hause gleich weggeworfen!) und einige Töpfe vor. Es gab je 1 Weiß- und Rotweinglas, die anderen waren rustikaler. Aber wir kamen zurecht. Die Lage der Wohnung ist sehr zentral, Altstadt und Busstationen fußläufig erreichbar. Es war sehr ruhig im Haus. Besonders hervorzuheben ist die Ausstattung mit einem IPad und den verschiedenen deutschen Fernsehsendern. wir würden die Wohnung jederzeit wieder mieten.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Beautiful comfortable villa with amazing views.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Recently spent two weeks here and enjoyed it immensely. The villa is light and airy and very comfortable. The view from the terrace is amazing with views over the sea pretty much from east to west and the surrounding hills, and yet the terrace remains quite private. The terrace is south facing so the pool gets the sun all day. With a hire car this was an excellent peaceful base for exploring the island. Towels were supplied and the bed linen changed after a week and the villa tidied through while we were out. I would highly recommend this villa for anyone wanting to combine some sightseeing with plenty of relaxing.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016