Olá & Welcome to Madeira & Porto Santo Islands!
Considered the Pearl of the Atlantic, Madeira Island in Portugal is a breathtaking island rising dramatically from the sea, and can be easily reached from any city in Europe in a relatively short time. Madeira is one of those rare destinations where you can mix a holiday on the beach with one in the city or in the mountains. With magnificent mountain views, spectacular coastlines, waterfalls, gorges, beautiful coastal villages and quaint Madeira hotels, this island retreat of Portugal is a marvel to be enjoyed by eco-visitors of all ages.
Along with its sister island, Porto Santo, Madeira is the perfect destination to rejuvenate, refresh and cleanse one’s mind and body from the stresses built in day to day life.
Most island visitors make their base in the capital of Funchal, which has a large number of Hotels in Madeira to ensure a comfortable Madeira Holiday! The town is encompassed by mountains on three sides and offers wide avenues and charming red-roofed and whitewashed buildings. It is also renowned for numerous museums and its Art Deco architecture and there is much to see and do in Madeira.
There is no dearth of parks and gardens in Funchal, ideal for visiting on a tour in Funchal. The town’s beautifully maintained botanical gardens should not be missed for apart from a terrific range of trees and plants, you can enjoy picturesque views of Funchal itself.
Funchal has important festivals throughout the year. Special mention must be made of the carnival week in February, as well as the flower festival of Madeira and the New Year celebrations where a spectacular firework display takes place across the city and on the cruise ships that come in on New Year's Eve and stay till New Year's Day.
There are a number of authentic Funchal hotels to choose from to suit any budget or taste. You can even use our Madeira map to choose your hotels on Madeira Island based on its location.
As religion plays a major role in the lives of local Madeirans, churches dot the region and there are regular religious festivals held frequently. There is always a celebration or Madeira event on at some time or the other in the year in almost every village. Christmas and New Year are key occasions here; New Year particularly is a fabulous occasion when quite a few cruise ships dock and participate in the mind-blowing fireworks show (The Island won the Guinness world record for the largest fireworks display 31st of December 2006). It's a great start to your travel in Madeira Island, Portugal!
The main local language spoken here is Portuguese — but it is difficult to pick up this language in a short time. However, English is in wide use in Funchal and along with the helpful and pleasant nature of the Madeira people, it makes it relatively easy to overcome any simple problems you might face while visiting the island. We offer some excellent rates for Madeira Island Holidays!
Madeira’s sister island, Porto Santo lies to the northeast. Getting there takes 15 minutes by air or two and a half hours or more by sea. Porto Santo is well known for its nine kilometre long sandy white beach and many Madeirans frequent it on holidays. Madeira does have beaches too, but most of them have black sand or pebbles, while the sandy white ones are man-made! Mountain views are visible from all Porto Santo accommodation options but you could also choose from a large number of hotels in Porto Santo which offer both sea and mountain views. With around 40 weekly flights being offered from the UK to the island during the peak season, Madeira's reputation as one of Europe’s unique secret resorts may soon change.
We are a locally based company who love our island and have a passion for sustainable tourism. Let us help you plan your ideal Madeira holiday with our wide range of Madeira hotels and tours in Madeira. And if there's anything else we can help you with don't hesitate to contact us!
Tours & Activities
Duration: 3 hours
(assuming 4 travellers)
The tour includes visits to the most beautiful places in western part of the Island, such as Câmara de Lobos, a typical fishing village, Cape Girão, the highest sea cliff in Europe and second in the world and Porto Moniz, a village known for its volcanic swimming pools.[more info]
(assuming 2 travellers)
This tour offers the opportunity to enjoy the famous landscapes of Funchal.[more info]
(assuming 4 travellers)
The tour includes dinner at a typical Madeira restaurant to taste the famous Espetada (beef on a skewer spiced and grilled over an open fire) with a folk group performing the "o bailinho", a traditional dance.[more info]
(assuming 2 travellers)
Rota dos Cetaceos is a company dedicated to the observation of dolphins and whales in Madeira.[more info]
Very centrally located, this property is ideal for exploring what Funchal has to offer. Albergaria Catedral offers a nice clean bed to sleep in after a day of exploring the museums, gardens, shops and restaurants close by.[more info]
Hotel Dorisol Buganvilia is ideal for relaxation. It can also be a base to stay while exploring what Madeira has to offer outdoors! It has an informal comfortable atmosphere. There are arrangements for some entertainment every evening such as folk-dances, karaoke or trio band.[more info]
The Hotel Dorisol Florasol offers its guests a very pleasant, friendly atmosphere, assuring good value for money. It is located only a few minutes away from the sea and 2 km away from the city centre of Funchal.[more info]
Choupana Hills Resort and Spa was elegantly designed by the French architect Michel de Camaret and the architect/interior decorator Didier Lefort, who later designed and decorated the famous Le Meridien Bora Bora and Datal in Malaysia. The hotel features wood and stone as its main building materials, exquisitely interlined with African and Asian influences.[more info]
From: EUR 52
Originally a Jesuit recluse property, Faja dos Padres is now a biological farm intended for nature lovers, located right by the sea on the southern coast of Madeira. Faja dos Padres is an out-of-this-world place, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a unique stay, immersed in the surrounding dramatic nature.[more info]
From: EUR 38.90
Aparthotel Da Se - Madeira is conveniently located right in the heart of Funchal City so you will be amazed at the tranquility of the location on a traffic free street. It is great to explore your surroundings with many restaurants, shops and places of history nearby.[more info]
Stay 7 nights, pay 5 (room only) [Valid from 19 May 2014 to 25 Dec 2014]
Stay 7 nights, pay 5 (room only) [Valid from 19 May 2014 to 28 Feb 2015]
Stay 7 nights, pay 6 (room only) [Valid from 19 May 2014 to 30 Apr 2015]
Stay 14 nights, pay 12 (room only) [Valid from 19 May 2014 to 30 Apr 2015]
Hotel Baia Do Sol is situated by the sea, on Madeira's south coast, in the traditional village of Ponta do Sol. The breathtaking scenery has the green of the mountains contrasting with the crystal blue of the sea. The Hotel Baia do Sol is a great place to stay for nature lovers, and the hospitality makes all visitors feel welcome.[more info]
Welcome to Madeira!
Meet your local connection in Madeira, Emilio, Maribel, Guida, and the team of Intertours Travel Agency! We are excited to be part of whl.travel and join such a dynamic team that is creative, responsible, is able to exchange experiences, and contribute to improve the social, economic, and environment development of various regions in the world.[more]
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