Sunny Madeira is often voted among the world’s best island destinations. Holidays in Madeira take place on a gorgeous backdrop of beaches, vineyards, banana plantations and dramatic mountains.
This Portuguese island is perched in the Atlantic Ocean, around 300 miles off the coast of Morocco. Nicknamed the Island of Eternal Spring, Madeira’s botanical gardens explode with colour and volcanic rock pools shimmer with blue waters. World-class wine, historic cathedrals and exciting activities join natural wonders on Madeira holidays.
Outdoor Adventures in Madeira
Ancient water channels weave through a wild interior that begs to be explored via fantastic hiking trails. Sail along the coast in a catamaran and challenge yourself to canyoning. Cable cars, jeep tours and mountain biking routes bring the thrills to sightseeing tours. Soak up the sun during outdoor adventures, with a climate that sees long, dry summers and mild winters.
Why book Madeira holidays
Discover the best beaches
We love Porto Santo Beach & the black sands of Seixal and Laje
Explore the city
Explore the picturesque capital, Funchal
Perfect for watersports
The Atlantic waves here are perfect for surfers of all levels
Madeira Aqua Park, Whale Museum, the São Vicente Caves
Lush natural wonders
Think natural swimming pools, volcanic sands & impressive cliffs
Try the local wine
There’s an annual wine festival in late August - early September
Top resorts in Madeira
From the quaint historic town to awe-inspiring natural beauty, holidays in Funchal are an irresistible blend of dramatic and delightful. An …From £146 per person
Located on the southern coast of Madeira, nestled in lush landscape and boasting one of the only sandy beaches on …From £323 per person
Located in the southeast of Madeira, Machico is a pleasant and historical resort with roots in the original history of …From £211 per person
Garajau in Madeira, PortugalFrom £216 per person
Ribeira Brava in Madeira, PortugalFrom £200 per person
Canico de Baixo
The town of Canico is on the southern coast of Madeira and consists of a traditional, old-fashioned village, 18th century …From £267 per person
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Top 5 things to do in Madeira
Whether you’re craving romantic locales, family-friendly fun or nature escapes, holidays in Madeira deliver as much action or relaxation as you like.
- The cliffs of Cabo Girao are among the highest in Europe, at 580 metres above sea level. Dare to step out on the Skywalk, a glass walkway that offers sweeping views of the coastline and Funchal.
- Journey beneath the earth at the Sao Vicente Caves. Formed from a volcanic eruption 890,000 years ago, you’ll delve into fascinating lava tubes and explore history at the museum.
- Soar high above the capital city on the Funchal Cable Car. Get your camera ready for city, ocean and mountain views as you ride up to the town of Monte.
- There’s always a good chance of spotting dolphins in the sparkling waters of Madeira. Boat tours also put you up-close to various whale species throughout the year. Options suit every budget, from luxury catamarans to traditional sailboats.
- Visit the village of Porto Moniz to swim in the crystalline waters of the natural rock pools. They were formed by volcanic lava, but the tidal pools are fully equipped for a family day out. Enjoy a children’s playground, sun loungers and a snack bar.
History and culture in Madeira
From Madeiran folkloric groups to colonial architecture and colourful festivals, Madeira holidays offer much more than fun in the sun.
- The charming town of Santana is home to traditional, triangular homes adorned with bright colours and thatched roofs. Originating in the 16th century, the restored houses are now protected as part of the island’s cultural heritage.
- Dominating the city centre, the Funchal Cathedral was built by the first Portuguese colonists on the island. Admire the impressive Gothic exterior and discover the silver cross of King Manuel.
- Madeira Botanical Garden is located on an estate that dates back to 1881. Along with thousands of plants from across the globe, the stunning complex features a museum with fossils and minerals.
- Discover the history of Madeira from its volcanic beginnings to pirate stories and the development of tourism. The Madeira Story Centre is an interactive museum with a panoramic terrace.
- The Jesuits’ College of Funchal dates back to the 1500s. It’s one of Funchal’s most iconic buildings and features Madeiran wood carvings, sculptures and paintings.
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5 best things to do in Funchal
A holiday to Madeira isn’t complete without exploring the stunning capital city – Funchal. Located on the island’s south coast, in Funchal you’ll encounter endless gardens blooming with colour, a chance to discover the island from above in cable cars and amazing viewpoints which put the city ...Continue reading
Explore Madeira with these 6 exciting activities
Whether you’re a laid-back traveller or an adventurous adrenaline addict curious for your next escape, Madeira has you covered. You could be flying high in the sky or trekking the island’s lush lands… Madeira should be explored from every angle possible. Especially with these six incredible activities.
Your essential guide to Madeira
The beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira has everything you could ever wish for in a holiday. Pleasant beaches, natural beauty and picturesque views to top it off. You couldn’t ask for a more relaxing holiday if you tried. What’s more, Madeira enjoys a subtropical climate and has an ...
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With a mild climate year-round and natural beauty at every turn, Madeira is an outdoor lover’s island paradise. All-inclusive package holidays are popular for seaside breaks and honeymooners are spoilt for choice.
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