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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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                                                              Beautiful villa in perfect location - couldn't have been better!

                                                              5 of 5
                                                              We had a wonderful stay in Casa das Flores - the villa was spotless and had everything you could need. The pool and sun lounger area was perfect and has the sun all day long - we were very lucky to have gorgeous weather all week. Vanda was lovely and really helpful and brought gifts of wine and Madeira cake which was a really lovely touch. The local village of Calheta was ideal as had the beach which my 3 year old niece adored and there is an Italian restaurant along the harbour front (I can't remember what it's called) which was absolutely fantastic and we went twice within the week! We would absolutely love to return one day and will defintely be booking longer than a week - it went much too fast! Thank you for a lovely stay in your perfect home!
                                                              • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                              Great location and outlook

                                                              4 of 5
                                                              Apartment was all we expected, spacious, clean and very well equipped. Victor was very helpful, showed us some of Funchal after picking us up from the airport & sorted a problem with the TV. Lovely walk part way into Funchal but you need bus or car to get to town centre. (Buses easy to use, buy ticket first time on bus then top up for future rides, it's cheaper that way) Suggestion for Miguel? Comfy chairs on balcony would be good! Madeira generally? You need a car to see the island, but lots to do in and around Funchal (unless you want clubbing) Chris's restaurant five minutes walk away, not cheap but worth every penny if you like fine dining, you need to book. Final point, Madeira is warm most of the year but it gets more than its share of cloud so if you want wall to wall sunshine it's probably not the place for you. Having said that, it didn't spoil our holiday. Thank you Miguel, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay Barry & Lynne
                                                              • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                              Wow! Wow!! Fab! Amazing!

                                                              5 of 5
                                                              We stayed at this villa for 2 weeks and it was not long enough!! The villa is very spacious, new and beautifully presented! Right from the start of our stay Joao made us most welcome, meeting us showing us to and around the villa, a very pleasant gentleman who could be contacted in the event of any problems, ( we had none). The villa is equipped with everything you need during the stay, a lovely big fridge/freezer. The views from the balcony are breathtaking! Just to sit there relaxing in the sunshine (which you get all day) was lovely! Very private not overlooked. I can say this must be one of the best villas we have stayed in (and we have stayed in quite a few) Wi fi was very good, my son gave it 5* (to him one of the most important things) Would definitely stay here again, if you are reading this thinking about booking, book it, you won't regret it Would love to return. Marks out of ten 10 Lilian Dave and Joe Lilian Dave and Joe
                                                              • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Jun 2016