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Madeira Island Holiday

Visit this dream-like island, home to lush vegetation, charming towns, haunting volcanic rock formations and mist-covered mountains. 

Madeira Island offers truly spectacular natural scenery and warm temperatures year-round. Follow walking trails that run parallel to man-made irrigation channels and take in views of clear blue waters and green cliffs. Spot brightly colored and sweetly scented flowers in the spring. Chill out on sandy beaches, participate in exhilarating watersports or delve into the island’s fascinating cultural heritage.

One of the best ways to take in Madeira’s idyllic natural scenery is to enjoy a levada walk. The levadas are a series of mini-canals developed by early settlers to distribute water around the island. Explore a network of more than 870 miles (1,400 kilometers) of trails to find waterfalls and lagoons, as well as valleys, mountain ranges and laurel forests.

Brave the glass-floored skywalk at Cabo Girão, one of the highest ocean cliffs in the world. Standing 1,902 feet (580 meters) above the water, you can spot Funchal and Câmara de Lobos from this dramatic location. 

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

See the ornate geometric patterns decorating the roof of Funchal's cathedral, . Constructed in the 16th century, this Moorish-influenced cathedral also features beautiful Baroque altars, gilded choir stalls and intricate tiling. 

Don’t miss the views over Funchal from Jardim Botanico, a beautiful botanical garden. Walk along the well-labeled paths and admire collections of cacti and anthuriums. Look for the overlapping roots of an ancient heather tree, which is said to be more than 10 million years old. 

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

Madeira Island is located about 350 miles (563.3 kilometers) from Morocco. Regular flights leave daily from Lisbon.


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The Cliff Bay AU$359
Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2019
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The Cliff Bay

The Cliff Bay

Estrada Monumental 147, Funchal
     
    4.9 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    The superior sea view, the cliff, swimming pools, the friendly staff, the food. The only downside is the pool and gym are closing way too early.

    Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel AU$180
    Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2019
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    Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel

    Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel

    Largo Antonio Nobre, Funchal
       
      4.4 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Excellent location and very good pool facilities. Big and comfortable rooms. The only negative issue is the noise from the disco outside the hotel on certain evenings

      Saccharum resort & spa AU$273
      Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2019
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      Saccharum resort & spa

      Saccharum resort & spa

      Rua Serra de Água, 1, Calheta
         
        4.7 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        EVERYTHING!!! What is there not to like?? The location is breath taking, outdoors infinity pool, indoors pool, the bar, wide option for breakfast, 'The Spa' the view from the hotel, the staff and if all you want is quality 'me time' doing next to nothing, its the place to be, was indeed an amazing ...

        Porto Mare Hotel AU$234
        Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2019
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        Porto Mare Hotel

        Porto Mare Hotel

        Rua Simplicio Passos Gouveia 21, Funchal
           
          4.7 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nice layout. Pleasant staff. Underground parking a bonus. Breakfast layout was ok but not great.

          Hotel Riu Palace Madeira - All Inclusive AU$334
          Reviewed on 4 Oct. 2018
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          Hotel Riu Palace Madeira - All Inclusive

          Hotel Riu Palace Madeira - All Inclusive

          Praia dos Reis Magos, Canico
             
            4.3 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The staff was the warmest and most helpful i have ever encountered and i have traveled worldwide Thsy ate sincerely kind and helpful. The facility is charming and surroundings beautiful Loved it there Highly recommend

            Belmond Reid's Palace AU$508
            Reviewed on 6 Jul. 2019
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            Belmond Reid's Palace

            Belmond Reid's Palace

            Estrada Monumental 139, Funchal
               
              4.9 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              We had a great stay at the Belmond Reid for our honeymoon. The staff was very friendly and the location was perfect. We can’t wait to go back!

              The Vine AU$272
              Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2019
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              The Vine

              The Vine

              Rua Dos Aranhas, No. 27A, Funchal
                 
                4.6 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Staff always friendly and helpful. Massage in the spa was amazing.

                Melia Madeira Mare AU$194
                Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2019
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                Melia Madeira Mare

                Melia Madeira Mare

                Lido - Rua De Leichlingen Nrs 2 East 4, Funchal
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Everything was perfect, specially the service and Arthur from the reception really amazed me with is service

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