Madeira Holidays for 2020
Madeira holidays provide something new in 2020. The archipelago of Madeira offers incredible natural beauty, a mild climate year-round as well as friendly people, making this island of Portugal one of the top destinations for holidaymakers in 2020.
What type of holiday does Madeira offer?
If you've looked into an island holiday in Majorca, or maybe you've considered the Algarve, then Madeira will tempt you to its gorgeous shores. Slightly quieter than Lanzarote or Tenerife, and with a bit more old world charm, there are diverse locations to visit within Madeira.
The capital of Madeira, Funchal, is located on a bay and features a more modernised city centre, as well as three main historical areas: São Pedro, Santa Maria Maior and Sé. There is also the old town, where cobbled streets and independent shops offer a different atmosphere.
Funchal also has its own small beach, but there are lots of other beaches across the islands to explore, too. Ponta Do Sol is one of the most well-preserved historical centres on Madeira and features several splendid attractions including the Ponte do Caminho Real.
Head to Pico Do Areeiro and Pico Ruivo to get a breath of fresh air in the island third-highest region, where you can take on the footpath between Pico do Areeiro and Pico Ruivo and savour the breathtaking views.
Madeira is great for:
- All inclusive holidays - Madeira package holidays offer a fantastic opportunity to enjoy sheer luxury with stunning locations, decadent rooms and delicious on site restaurant menus. The Pestana Carlton Madeira has its own spa and the Pestana Ocean Bay overlooks the beach.
- Short breaks - short breaks to Madeira are popular due to the reasonable flight time and the mostly great weather - lots of holidaymakers enjoy long weekends there throughout the year! The small city of Santa Cruz is a popular choice.
- Cheap holidays - Other top destinations to check out in the Madeira Islands include the popular resorts of Canico de Baixo and Canical, both of which offer great options if you’re on a tighter budget.
Madeira at a glance
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
A holiday in Funchal provides guests with cobbled streets, beautiful gardens and a trendy marina, all of which are oozing …from £126 pp
Located on the southern coast of Madeira, nestled in lush landscape and boasting one of the only sandy beaches on …from £258 pp
Opting for Ponta Delgada for your holidays in 2020 gives you access to the largest city of the stunning Azores …from £226 pp
Located in the southeast of Madeira, Machico is a pleasant and historical resort with roots in the original history of …from £186 pp
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 £214 pp
Garajau in Madeira, Portugal …from £175 pp
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Top attractions in Madeira
Madeira is renowned for its natural wonders, including cloud-topped mountains and levadas. The intrinsic beauty of the Madeira archipelago and rugged geological formations make it an ideal destination for more active holidaymakers and those who enjoy challenging walks on mountainous areas. One of the island’s top attractions is the Garajau Natural reserve, an entirely nautical reserve where you can spot marine wonders including manta rays, turtles and schools of barracuda.
Top destinations to check out include:
Funchal, the capital of Madeira, offers up some Portuguese old-world atmosphere. At the heart of Funchal lies its cultural mish-mash of restaurants, galleries and its teeming cafe culture.
Canico de Baixo is a modern tourist resort that straddles the old fishing village of Canico, so for a mix of both worlds, this is an extremely popular destination.
Calheta boasts some fantastic beaches and plenty of activities for the whole family. Some of the things you can do in the Calheta area including hiking, exploring the beautiful beaches and enjoying some local cuisine.
Machico is close to the airport and boasts a lovely beach and a small town, Machico is busy with locals at the weekend, which is always a good sign.
If in doubt, turn to Porto Santo, Madeira's tiny sister island, which has 9km of incredible beach, mostly undisturbed.
Top beaches in Madeira
Since Madeira is an archipelago of islands, there's no shortage of beaches to choose from. Due to the volcanic natural history of these islands, many of the beaches here are made from dark or even black volcanic rock and sand, giving them a distinct and unique character.
Those looking for some classic beach fun, from beach bars to water sports will make the island of Porto Santo their home. In fact, Porto Santo probably has one of the best beaches you'll find in the world, Praia do Porto Santo, a gorgeous 9km stretch of beach.
Calhetha town on Madeira Island features a manufactured coastal beach, where the dark volcanic rocks have been replaced with golden sand. The surrounding area also boasts a range of other beaches if you're up for exploring.
Machico has a popular pebbly beach with shallow waters, flanked by a promenade with restaurants, two outdoor swimming pools and activities for kids.
Not far from Funchal you'll find Praia Formosa beach, which is around 10 minutes from the centre of Funchal. If you come here in the early evening, you might have the beach and the waves to yourselves.
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