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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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                                                      location très propre, accueil de José très bon, il est venu à notre rencontre, à l'arrivée nous avons trouvé un panier de fruits et le frigo rempli de provisions pour notre petit déjeuner. Nous étions 8 adultes .Les chambres sont spacieuses. Nous avons pu prendre nos repas à l'intérieur et l'extérieur aisément.Villa très bien située dans une rue calme et près du centre ville.
                                                      • Review Submitted: 30-May-2016
                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                      An absolutely stunning, comfortable modern villa!

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                                                      This villa has everything you could wish for and more. From the high spec accommodation to the breath taking views and peaceful atmosphere. It felt like "home from home" but with the relaxing holiday extras. Theres so much to do, or little, with the lovely heated pool and amazing veiws it is perfect to sit and unwind, or take a short ride to the resturants in Ponta Do Sol for great local food, and to Funchal for the busy market and cable car rides over the mountains to the summer palace. Ten days was not enough for me, I highly recommend this villa and will be returning soon.
                                                      • Review Submitted: 25-May-2016
                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2016

                                                      A lovely quinta and a superb holiday

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                                                      We had a superb holiday staying in this lovely quinta. We are veterans of villa rentals, now in our 12th year, mainly through this website so feel qualified to comment! The quinta itself was very well equipped, tastefully decorated and spotlessly clean and unusual in that cleaning products, washing powder, dishwasher tablets, loo rolls etc were supplied as were coffee, tea bags, olive oil, herbs etc-plus a welcome basket of fresh fruit and vegetables-thank you. The beds were very comfortable, made up with soft cotton bedlinen and in combination with cool, dark rooms guaranteed a good nights sleep. The outdoor seating and cooking areas are superb, catching the sun all day-we cooked outside for 3 nights out of our 7 day stay. Opting for pool heating was a good decision-the pool temperature was around 32 degrees-perfect for a family swim at the end of a day exploring the island.. We found some good local restaurants, Naye's pizzeria 5 minutes up the road in Loreto was really friendly and served delicious pizzas and others in Calheta and Funchal were also very good-we have left some recommendations in the guestbook. My only (very minor) reservation would be that a party of 6 people may find the quinta cosy if the weather was inclement making the outside spaces less accessible. For our family of 2 adults and 2 older children, we had more that enough space even on the days with less sunshine and more precipitation! All in all, a lovely place to stay and a great holiday.
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                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2016