Madeira Island

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Ponta do Sol which includes a coastal town and rugged coastline
Visit this dream-like island, home to green jungle,quaint villages, haunting volcanic rock formations and misty mountains.

Madeira Island hasstunning natural landscapes and hot temperatures all year-round. Get on thehiking trails that run alongside the man-made irrigation channels. Enjoyunforgettable views over clear blue waters and cliffs covered in greenvegetation. Spot brightly coloured and sweetly scented flowers in the spring.Chill out on sandy beaches, try out thrilling water sports or delve into theisland’s enthralling cultural heritage.

Take in Madeira’sidyllic natural scenery with a levada walk: the levadas are a series ofmini-canals developed by early settlers to distribute water around the island.Explore a network of more than 870 miles (1,400 kilometres) of irrigationcanals and follow them to waterfalls and lagoons, as well as valleys, mountainranges and laurel forests.

Brave the glass-floored skywalk at CaboGirão, one of the highest ocean cliffs in the world. Standing 1,902feet (580 meters) above the water, you can spot Funchal,the island’s largest city, and Câmara de Lobos from this dramaticlocation.

Visit the gorgeous village of Santana,known for its multicoloured A-framed cottages, called palheiros. These charmingthatched-roof residences are unique to the island and well worth a visit.

See the ornate geometric patterns decorating theroof of Funchal's cathedral, Sé Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Assunção. Constructedin the 16th century, this Moorish-influenced cathedral also features beautifulBaroque altars, gilded choir stalls and intricate tiling.

Don’t miss the views over Funchal from JardimBotanico, a beautiful botanical garden. Walk along the well-labelled paths andadmire collections of cacti and anthuriums. Look for the overlapping roots ofan ancient heather tree, which is said to be more than 10 million yearsold.

Calheta Beach may be man-made, but its golden sandsand clear waters are nonetheless scenic. Canoe, windsurf, swim or stop for somefresh seafood at one of the restaurants found along the beach. Be sure tosample the region’s unique white rum called aguardente.

Madeira Island islocated about 350 miles (563.3 kilometres) from Morocco. Regular flights leavedaily from Lisbon.

Where to stay in Madeira Island

NEXT - Savoy Signature
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4 out of 5
Rua Carvalho Araújo 8, Funchal, Madeira, 9000-022
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €131 per night from 14 Feb to 15 Feb
€131
per night
14 Feb - 15 Feb
Stay at this 4-star hotel in Funchal. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools and 2 restaurants. Popular attractions Madeira Casino and CR7 Museum are located nearby. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (91 reviews)
"Modern clean good value, we’d stay agin for sure"

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2023

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The Vine
The Vine
5 out of 5
Rua Dos Aranhas, No. 27A, Funchal, 9000-044
The price is €183 per night from 27 Feb to 28 Feb
€183
per night
27 Feb - 28 Feb
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Funchal. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (788 reviews)
"Gateway location."

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2023

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Savoy Palace - The Leading Hotels of the World - Savoy Signature
Savoy Palace - The Leading Hotels of the World - Savoy Signature
5 out of 5
Avenida do Infante, 25, Funchal, 9004-542
The price is €279 per night from 23 Feb to 24 Feb
€279
per night
23 Feb - 24 Feb
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Funchal. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (212 reviews)
"Great location, fantastic building with great views. Plenty to do in and around the hotel. Staff very attentive but not oppressive!"

Reviewed on 6 Feb 2023

Savoy Palace - The Leading Hotels of the World - Savoy Signature
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Pestana Casino Studios
Pestana Casino Studios
4 out of 5
Av. do Infante, nº9, Funchal, Madeira, 9004-513
Stay at this 4-star eco-friendly aparthotel in Funchal. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (11 reviews)
Very nice, clean, modern hotel apartment.
"Really nice room with very comfy bed, good shower, convenient little kitchenette, nice balcony, very very tidy. Pool looked pleasant but we didn't use as we had free use of the pools and spa at the sister hotel immediately next door (which is a very swanky hotel with amazing interiors). Conveniently ..."

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2022

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Palheiro Village
Palheiro Village
4 out of 5
Estrada do Aeroporto, No. 65, Palheiro Ferreiro, Funchal, Madeira, 9060-382
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Funchal. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (249 reviews)
"Views were the best in Funchal. Close to town. Staff were very responsive."

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Palheiro Village
Florasol Residence Hotel
Florasol Residence Hotel
3 out of 5
Estrada Monumental 306, Funchal, 9004538
Stay at this 3-star spa aparthotel in Funchal. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a children's pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (90 reviews)
"Lovely hotel with great views"

Reviewed on 30 Jan 2023

Florasol Residence Hotel
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