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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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                                                                                                      Super gelegene, gut eingerichtete Wohnung

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                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                      Beautiful property in a stunning locations

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      My husband and I stayed for a week at Palheiro Cottage, hosted by Jenny and Graham and had a fantastic time. The cottage itself is beautifully appointed, with spacious living accommodation inside as well as plenty of outside space with the balcony and the roof terrace. We were warmly welcomed by Jenny and Graham, given a tour of the cottage and lots of helpful information about the local village, Calheta and beyond: such as supermarkets, parking tips and places to visit on the island. We felt reassured that we could come to Jenny and Graham with anything and it was lovely to say hello in the morning and stop for a friendly chat. It was the village chapel feast day during our stay and we were able to observe the village procession and the festivities with our hosts. The kitchen was stocked with basics and we very much enjoyed the meal service provided by the hosts; wonderful home cooked food and delicious wine. We had an amazing experience on the boat cruise with Graham on the Gavito, watching dolphins and whales and seeing the stunning coastline of Madeira from the water. Additional thanks to Graham for trying to teach my husband to fish! The boat trip was a truly exceptional experience and we would urge guests to book it! We hired a car during our week long stay to explore the island, taking a hire company recommendation from our hosts. This was essential for us because we like to have the freedom to come and go. We balanced our stay with trips around the island and days at home. For non drivers, there were always taxis available. Whether you are looking for a base from which to explore Madeira fully or if you are looking for a place to relax, soak up the sun and scenery then Palheiro Cottage is the perfect choice for either. This was our first visit to the island and will definitely be coming back to stay at Palheiro Cottage. Our thanks and best wishes to Jenny and Graham for being such fantastic hosts.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016