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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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                                                          Stunning Villa!

                                                          5 of 5
                                                          This villa is fantastic and a real credit to Gary & Glenys! The attention to detail and having everything you could possibly want in a holiday villa is amazing. The villa is even better than the photos and spotlessly clean. Having stayed at many villas over the years this is one of the very best. We would not hesitate to recommend this villa to anyone. Thanks Gary , Glenys & Louis, we had a great holiday.
                                                          • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2016
                                                          • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                          Stunning villa with amazing views.

                                                          4 of 5
                                                          The pictures on the website do not do justice to this property. It is an amazing villa and very spacious, it has all the amenities that you should expect from a luxury villa. The view from the terraces are spectacular and we never tired of sitting there and looking out across the Atlantic. The local area although remote was beautiful and the local people were so friendly and helpful. We enjoyed a couple of fun nights at Mr Pizza about 300m from the property. We also enjoyed a couple of days out in Ribeira Brava and Funchal, with not hiring a car we were dependent on the local Taxi service which was clean, reliable, value for money and very friendly. A return trip to Funchal was just 52 Euros for 7 people which we booked via the friendly staff at Mr Pizza. A week we will never forget and would not hesitate re booking the same villa if we decide to spend our holiday on the stunning island of Madeira again.
                                                          • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2015
                                                          • Date of Stay: Aug 2015

                                                          Fantastic Villa in a Great location

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                                                          We (2 couples) had a fantastic time in this spacious villa. The view from the villa is stunning - all the way down to the water and up to the hills , and it is an ideal base to explore Madeira. It is a short walk to the main town, or 5 mins drive, or £5 taxi, which is lovely, prettier and not as busy as Funchal. There are also busses into Funchal every Hour (the No. 7) and is 30 mins on the Rapida. has plenty of shops, restaurants and supermarkets and It's a short journey from the airport and all main points on the Island. The rooms very very spacious, clean and had all the storage you could wish for. The Kitchen is spacious and very well fitted out with all you need with doors out to the lovely garden with BBQ area, sitting area and washing area. All rooms are bright and airy. The bathrooms are very spacious and lots of leaflets on the house and area were in the living room. Colin was very welcoming and always checked everything was in order and changed the linen mid way. Ribeira Brava was always sunnier and warmer than Funchal all the time we we were there, so we would certainly recommend it to anyone. We were also lucky enough to be there during a festival with BBQ and singing on the beach - it was an ideal last night to our holiday in Madeira - a beautiful Island
                                                          • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2015
                                                          • Date of Stay: Jun 2015