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About Madeira

Madeira is popular with discerning holidaymakers looking for a warm welcome and relaxing break. Holidays to Madeira are a far cry from the hustle and bustle of some other popular European destinations; instead it’s the perfect place to unwind, wander and enjoy Portuguese island life.

If you like nature, from beautiful beaches and rocky coastlines, to mountains, flowers and wild animals, you’ll find a wealth of great things to see, do and explore on your Madeira holiday.

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How to find perfect cheap Madeira holidays. With around 200 hotels to choose from – each one perfectly placed to give you a true taste of island life – the only trouble you might have is narrowing it down to one! Check out our ‘Top destinations in Madeira’ section (below) to get a quick snapshot of the top destinations in Madeira depending on your holiday check list. We love Funchal, the capital, for a little bit of everything, while smaller areas like Porto Santo are great for a laid back holiday with nothing more than great views for company.

When To Go

Madeira is at its very best when it’s warm and the flowers are in full bloom. The marinas and towns bustle with activity but it’s the perfect place for a relaxed, hassle-free spring or summer holiday. Temperatures rarely reach above 25°C on the island, making it a pleasantly warm destination which stays cool enough to be comfortable when you’re exploring what’s on offer or simply wandering around the island. The rain does fall in Madeira, so the sunshine might not be as guaranteed as other European destinations, but this place has so much more to offer than a few rays of sun.

Fast facts about Madeira

  • Capital
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Fly to…
    …Madeira Airport (informally known as Funchal)
  • Official Language
    Portuguese (English is as widely spoken as it is on mainland Portugal)
  • Time
    The same as in the UK

Sightseeing and must-sees

  • Catamaran experience, Funchal
    Have fun in the sun on a catamaran, even if you’ve never done it before you’ll get the hang of it in no time and we’re pretty sure you’ll become addicted!
  • Diving, Machico
    Suitable for beginners and scuba diving aficionados, the diving centre in Machico offers courses and boat trips, making it a great way to add a bit of colourful adventure to your beach holiday.
  • Quinta do Riacho, Funchal
    If you love horse riding you’ll love this, and if you’ve never ridden a horse before you’ll also love this! Explore the island on horseback for a unique Madeiran experience.
  • Santa Clara Monastery, Funchal
    Why is a monastery on the list you may be asking yourself? Quite simply because it is stunning and the story behind it is fascinating, whether religious history is your cup of tea or not.
  • Various viewpoints, Porto Santo
    The very landscape of this area of Madeira lends itself perfectly to lofty viewpoints from which you can see for miles and take photos any professional would be proud of. Pick Portela or Pico Castelo for the most impressive sights.

Top destinations in Madeira

  • Calheta
    best for quiet beaches
  • Canico
    best for an uninterrupted break
  • Funchal
    best for a true Madeira experience
  • Machico
    best for diving
  • Porto Santo Island
    best for breath-taking views
  • Ribeira Brava
    best for hours of sunshine
  • Santa Cruz
    best for walking