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Make a holiday rental, home, or cottage in Ribeira, Portugal your home away from home

If you are looking for a beautiful resort to escape to in the south of Europe, then Ribeira is an excellent choice. Located on the Portuguese island of Madeira this is charming place offering lots of things for holidaymakers to see and do. Visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas, B&Bs and apartments.

Things to do on holiday to Ribeira, Portugal

Tourists can enjoy the wonderful sea views and relax in the sun on the beach at Ribeira Brava. Holidaymakers can participate in various watersports nearby such as surfing, wind surfing, sailing and fishing. Visitors can explore the wonderful landscape here by hiking and cycling as well as taking four wheel drive or horse riding excursions. There are also opportunities to try paragliding, climbing, go-karting and tobogganing in two-seater wicker baskets down a steep road. Golf fans will pleased to know there is an 18-hole course only 17 miles away and there are tennis courts open nearby too. There are some charming bars, cafes and restaurants in the area, and self catering holidaymakers can purchase food and drink as well as souvenirs from some small shops and supermarkets here.

Places to visit on holiday to Ribeira, Portugal

In and around Ribeira there are many fantastic places for holidaymakers to visit. In Ribeira Brava visitors will see attractive building including the Church of Sao Bento with its baroque bell tower and clock dating back to the 15th century. The Museu Ethnografico da Madeira is also well worth a visit and is housed in an old rum distillery and sugar cane mill in the resort.

The island capital city, Funchal is about 10 miles away and is a great place to visit with many interesting attractions including several museums and churches. Beautiful gardens and parks are located around the island with the Botanical Gardens near Funchal and a cable car ride takes visitors up to the Monte Palace Tropical Garden. Various boat rides are offered from Funchal including a ferry service to the island of Porto Santo and dolphin and whale spotting trips.

Weather in Ribeira, Portugal

The warmest months of the year on Madeira are July and August when the average high temperature is 26 degrees centigrade. Even in January the average high is 17 with the minimum rarely falling below 10 degrees centigrade. During the summer months there is hardly any rainfall and the wettest month is usually November with an average 4.2 inches of rain.

Travel to Ribeira, Portugal

Madeira Airport (FNC) is located near the capital city Funchal and approximately 35 kilometres from Ribeira. Flights come in to Madeira from Amsterdam (AMS), Berlin-Tegel (TXL), Brussels (BRU), London-Gatwick (LGW), London-Stansted (STN), Lisbon (LIS), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Vienna (VIE) and Zurich (ZRH) amongst others. Passengers will find taxis located outside the terminal building and six car rental companies operate out of the airport. These are Auto Jardim, Avis, Drive Car, Europcar, Hertz and Rodavante.

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                                                                                                    Bela Vista Villa is Exceptional

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                                                                                                    So much has already been said by previous guests - all of which we completely agree with. To add a couple of new points: The build standard (quality) of the villa and apartment is superb! The high ceilings give an added feeling of space. Also, do ask to see Glenys' paintings - they are VERY good! We did the big cable car at Funchal and were lucky enough to have a clear day - check for clouds before you go. Yes, we did the toboggan down - well worth it! (If you are braver than us, try the cable car at Achadas da Cruz - pretty well vertical drop for 450 metres!) The Botanical Gardens have suffered a bit this year from the fires but are still well worth a visit. The volcanic caves at Sao Vicente are a good day out - go on to the North coast and have some lunch afterwards. The entire island is stunning - we are amazed how different each quadrant is. Do get a diesel car - some of those mountain roads are seriously steep! We will say it again, the hosts Gary, Glenys (and, of course, Louie) were perfect. Thank you SO MUCH for a lovely holiday. Sue and Richard (Cotswolds UK)
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2016
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                                                                                                    Great location for exploring

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    The property is well equipped and absolutely spotless. Pool is very welcome and a great addition. Really enjoyed our stay
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2016
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                                                                                                    Fantastic spacious Villa in peaceful area

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                                                                                                    Lovely villa with a nice pool. Very spacious villa and the kids enjoyed the pool for cooling off during the sunshine. Rosalia the property manager was very helpful and met us at the car park at Campanario as the transfer company did not know the villa location. We had an issue with no water but a call to Rosalia and 10 minutes later it was resolved. The villa itself is very spacious and has a bathroom on each floor as well as an en-suite in the master bedroom. The games room is a nice touch and well kitted out if the weather were such that you needed to stay indoors. We were lucky and didn't need to make use of it as there was plenty to do. The owner does say a car is required and I would tend to agree, but it depends on how confident your are driving abroad. Personally we found a very nice local taxi driver called Carlos and he was brilliant. Always turned up when he said and his prices were reasonable. All in all we were very happy with our stay and the villa itself. The island is beautiful and there is something there for everyone. I would happily recommend the villa to anyone as you won't be disappointed.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016