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Choose a holiday home on Madeira! In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean lies this beautiful palace of nature. This Portuguese island is of volcanic origin and boasts beautiful and unique flora and fauna. The subtropical climate brings warm summers and mild winters, making Madeira an excellent winter destination. The south is very sunny and might also be called the tourist heart of the island. The "Island of Flowers" and the "Floating Gardens of the Atlantic Ocean" are just a couple of Madeira's nicknames, but they speak volumes about the natural beauty this island has to offer. If you don't like staying on pebble and rocky beaches, you can of course also choose a holiday home with swimming pool on Madeira, and you can still have hours of fun in the water!

Natural beauty from your holiday home on Madeira

Your holiday on Madeira is characterised by natural beauty. A mountain range runs from east to west, divided by two rugged rivers. The island has two Risco waterfalls, which drop 100 metres. Madeira is the perfect destination for a great walking holiday. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes, the lush and colourful vegetation and beautiful parks and gardens. The Parque Natural de Madeira is protected, in order to preserve the natural beauty intact. This park, full of special and unique flora and fauna, has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Take a hike along the highest peaks on Madeira. From the Pico Ruivo de Santana (1,861 metres) and the Pico das Torres (1,851 metres), you get a beautiful view over the deep, blue sea contrasting with the green of the forests and mountains. The Cabo Girão, or cape of return, is the famous sea cliff. Rising 589 metres above sea level, it is the second-largest in the world. Enjoy the spectacular views! Your holiday home in Madeira is the ideal starting point for exploring nature!

Explore the city of Funchal

From your holiday home in Madeira, visit the capital, Funchal. Stroll through gorgeous shopping streets past restaurants, bars and museums. This vibrant city is best known for its beautiful botanic gardens full of unique plants and flowers. Make sure you visit the Mercado dos Lavrados. At this covered market you can see typical regional produce being sold by women in traditional clothing. In addition to fresh daily produce such as fish, meat, vegetables and fruit, beautiful flowers are also on sale here. Sights in Funchal include the Adegas de Sao Francisco winery, in a sixteenth-century monastery, as well as Fortaleza de Pico. From this fortress, you have an amazing view out over the ocean, the forests and Funchal. Funchal Cathedral, Sé, was built in 1514. The sixteenth-century Portuguese paintings, the choir stalls and the whole interior of the cathedral are impressive to see. Funchal has a several unique museums, such as Casa Museu Frederico de Freitas, and Museu de Arte Sacra. Do fancy taking a dip in the seawater while on holiday on Madeira? Then visit the Lido swimming complex. This seawater pool with sunbathing areas is ideal for sunbathers and swimming enthusiasts. Make your holiday in Madeira complete with a visit to Funchal!

Go sporty while on holiday in Madeira

Set out from your holiday home in Madeira and explore the island's beauty spots! Madeira is known as a paradise for keen walkers with good reason! Walk deep into the laurel forest, to the untouched natural beauty, small lakes and waterfalls which can only be reached on foot. Madeira has an extensive network of irrigation channels, or levadas. Most hikes end along these levadas. Cycling and mountain biking are also options on Madeira. The island is also known as the ideal holiday destination for divers and snorkellers. Madeira is a destination for sun worshippers, nature lovers, culture lovers and sports enthusiasts alike. Discover for yourself all the possibilities of a holiday home in Madeira!

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Holiday on Madeira - FAQs
What are the most important places to visit on Madeira?

The most important places to visit on Madeira are Funchal, Parque Natural de Madeira, Pico Ruivo de Santana, and Cabo Girão.

Any activities that I must include in my stay?

Some of the must-try activities on Madeira are

  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Cycling 
  • Mountaineering 

 

If I'm coming from the UK, what are my options?

Travelers from the UK can reach Madeira by flight.

What are the recommended dishes on Madeira?

Some of the recommended dishes in Madeira are Black Scabbard fish fillet, Espetada, and Passion Fruit Pudding. 

 

When is the ideal time to visit Madeira?

The months from May to August are the best to visit Madeira.