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Holidays to Madeira

Madeira holidays will take you to a land of breathtaking landscapes and botanical beauty. This sun-drenched island is known as ‘the Floating Garden’, so you can expect lots of colour, from the turquoise coastline to the scarlet poinsettias that cover the landscape. Walkers will love trekking through the lush scenery. Or you can head for a beautiful beach at Porto Santo for an afternoon in the sunshine with the kids. Explore Madeira’s traditional villages and enjoy fresh seafood in a local taverna. Or head for the bustling capital for Funchal for a cosmopolitan affair. It’s up to you to make holidays in Madeira your own.

30 °C

Enjoy hot and sunny summer highs

4 hours

Fly from many UK departure points to Madeira Airport (FNC)

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Madeira for lush, green scenery, remarkable black sand beaches and quaint little towns with cobbled streets.

Recommended offers in Madeira

Hotel Jardins d'Ajuda

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Close to shops, bars and restaurants
  • Great indoor pool
  • Complimentary shuttle bus to Funchal

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Based on 690 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Alto Lido Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Amazing sea views
  • Two à la carte restaurants
  • Courtesy bus to Funchal centre

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 630 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Pestana Royal

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Two minute walk to Formosa Beach
  • Four fantastic restaurants
  • Panoramic views

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Four Views Oasis

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Beachfront property with amazing views
  • Three pools
  • Close to bars and restaurants

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 858 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 2 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

The Cliff Bay Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Two Michelin-starred restaurant
  • Two pools with ocean views
  • Stunning location

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 3195 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 6 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • Return Transfers

Madeira’s largest city, Funchal, is located on the south coast of the island. For a taste of Madeiran life, take a wander through its narrow streets. Sample authentic Madeiran dishes like sopa de tomate e cebola, a tomato and onion soup topped with a poached egg, in one of its many traditional restaurants. Quaint little art galleries, museums and markets can be found throughout the city. Just six kilometres east of Funchal is the quiet seaside village of Caniço de Baixo. An oasis of calm, the idyllic resort is perched upon a hill overlooking the sea. Take a stroll along the cliffs and admire the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

It’s no wonder Madeira is called the ‘Pearl of the Atlantic’: you can experience the true beauty of the island’s rich landscape from the tiny village of Curral das Freiras. Or soak up the unspoilt views from the dramatic cliff face at Cabo Girão. Looking for history? Explore Funchal’s Gothic Sé Cathedral, or travel by cable car up to the charming little village of Monte. Water spots enthusiasts will love the crystal-clear waters. Head to Garajau National Marine Park for spectacular scuba-diving. If you have the kids with you then there are plenty of family-friendly attractions to try out in Madeira, and top of the list has to be the Aquaparque waterpark. This popular attraction is the perfect place for family fun.

Holidays in Madeira aren’t complete without tucking into some classic Madeiran fare. Rooted in peasant cooking, you can expect hearty dishes with rustic flavours like juicy espetada; that’s tender beef marinated in garlic, salt and bay leaves and then cooked on a skewer over a hot grill. Fresh fish dishes come with the territory. Tuna and cod are firm favourites among locals. When it comes to dessert, those with a sweet tooth will adore bolo de mel; a dark, sticky honey cake that dates back to the 15th century. And you can’t leave without trying a glass, or two, of famous Madeira wine.

Madeira’s beaches are known for their warm, clear blue waters and deep, black sand. There are lots of sandy resorts dotted along the coastline, including Calhau da Lapa, which is a haven of tranquillity. If you’re seeking rugged beauty, head for Porto Moniz; the natural salt-water swimming pools are a highlight here. Porto Santo Island, which was once the home of Christopher Columbus, is an absolute must for any beach lover; it boasts endless stretches of soft, golden sand running alongside azure blue waters. It’s ideal if you want to get away from it all.

Did you know that two thirds of Madeira is classed as a nature reserve? Whenever you go on your Madeira, you’ll never been too far from lush green scenery and dramatic landscapes. One of the most stunning destinations is Cabo Girão, the second highest cliff face in the world. Expect awe-inspiring views from the top, but don’t get too close to the edge, as it’s a long way down! Venture off the beaten track to see Curral das Freiras (‘Nuns’ Valley’); it’s a tiny village tucked between two towering mountains at the centre of the island. Over at São Vicente you’ll discover volcanic caves. It’s a great place to learn about the volcanic eruption that gave birth to Madeira 400,000 years ago.

MADEIRA HOLIDAY RESORTS


Madeira is best for...

Adventurers: Trek or cycle through Madeira’s stunning landscape, which is one of the finest anywhere in Europe. Discover towering cliffs, tumbling waterfalls, and a dramatic coastline.

Culture lovers: Experience local food and wine; listen to a soulful fado singer; and watch folk dancers in traditional dress.

Beach lovers: Explore golden sandy shoes and soak up the sun on Porto Santo Island; Madeira’s little sister lives 50km offshore.


Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Madeira is Portuguese.

Currency: The currency used in Madeira is the Euro (€).

Local time: Madeira is the same time as GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Madeira Airport. The transfer time to Funchal is about 1 hour.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Madeira is 4 hours.

Tourist information: Find more tourist information at www.visitmadeira.pt before your Madeira holidays.

Visa & health: Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal ahead of your holidays to Madeira for visa and health recommendations and advice.


Weather and climate

Temperature: Expect summer highs of 30°C

Best time to visit Madeira: Between May and September, when the climate is warm and sunny, but not too hot, with little rainfall.
Madeira weather is lovely and mild during the summer. The Gulf Stream means ensures the island stays warm all year long. The average temperature is 17°C even during winter. You’ll want to bring a brolly, though, as Madeira’s sub-tropical climate means that rain is likely at this time of year.

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Getting around

By taxi: They’re easy to find in resorts like Funchal, and it’s a convenient way to get from the airport. Look out for the yellow cabs with blue stripes on the side.

By bus: An affordable and reliable way to travel around the island. Lots of buses run between the main resorts all year round.

By hire car: Want to travel at your own pace? Or head off the beaten track? Hiring a car is the best way to make the most of holidays in Madeira.


Events

Wine Rally: It’s the biggest event in the region, and takes place every August. Look up the race course beforehand so you know the best place to watch the action.

Nature Festival: This week-long event is an excuse to enjoy the natural landscape and join in with outdoor pursuits.  Family-friendly adventures including bird watching, kayaking and horseback riding.

Atlantic Festival: A cultural highlight of the year, it takes place across the island throughout June to make the beginning of summer. Expect music, fireworks, and street performers galore.

Wine Festival: For a real taste of Madeiran culture, head for this local fiesta. It’s held at the end of August every year to celebrate the harvest and the island’s wine-making tradition.


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