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Madeira Holidays Guide
With its impressive scenery of lush green landscape, rocky cliffs and pebbly beaches, Madeira is a far cry from the beach resorts of the Portuguese Algarve. But as a holiday destination, Madeira is a wonderful example of being able to combine morning hikes with afternoons by the pool.
Flying into Funchal, you'll get to gawp at the island and all its lush beauty. With more of a tropical feel, Madeira is also popular with flower and plant enthusiasts.
Getting to, from and around Madeira
Several airlines fly direct from the UK to Madeira, with additional flights added during the peak summer months. The airport is located on the east side of the island with a regular bus service into Funchal.
Things to do in Madeira
Whether you're an active adventure seeker, looking for some chilled out vibes by the pool in the sunshine, fancy a round of golf in beautiful surrounds or want to discover some of the island's history and culture, a holiday in Madeira can be as versatile as you want it to be.
For a little trip out of your hotel, the Madeira Botanical Garden is a must. Attached to the Museum of Natural History, the gardens are a pleasant way to spend the afternoon, will beautiful hilltop vistas.
Another popular thing to do in Madeira is visiting the vineyards. Although not famous for its wine, the wineries and wine cellars here should be on your hit list if you love a little glass. There are a number to choose from and if you’ve booked a package holiday with the likes of TUI, you may find you can book a tour from your hotel.
Where to stay in Madeira
Funchal is the island's capital city. Although small on the grand scheme of cities, Funchal is home to many of the government buildings, cathedral and harbour. Funchal has a number of hotels, however if you're in Madeira on holiday, you'll likely want to stay at one the island's resort style hotels.
The town of Calheta features one of the very few sandy beaches on Madeira and it's quite a sheltered beach too. Sitting at the base of the hills on the south-west coast of the island (about a 50 minute drive from the airport), Calheta is a great spot if you like to get active, with a number of hikes close by.