Holidays to Madeira
The island may be part of Portugal, but Madeira holidays are as far removed from the Algarve as it’s possible to get. For a start, bargain holidays to Madeira mean steep rocky cliffs and pebbles, rather than broad sandy beaches. However, in other ways, Madeira package holidays are pretty much perfect, with magnificent scenery, sub-tropical plants and palatial hotels, it’s clear to see why it’s known as the Floating Garden of Madeira. We at Co-operative Travel invite you to come and see what a Madeira holiday offers you.
Last minute Madeira holidays are increasingly being booked by families and younger travellers, who stay at resorts like Sao Vicente and Calheta – one of the few places on the island to have a sandy beach (it’s imported from Morocco). There’s also a beach at Ribeira Brava although, like Tenerife, it has black volcanic sand. The island is part of a volcanic collection of islands, which also includes Porto Santo. Rather than expansive swathes of sand, you’ll find little rocky coves and pebbly bays perfect for sunbathing. Cheap Madeira holidays also offer plenty of watersports including diving, sailing, windsurfing and deep sea fishing.
The spectacular volcanic landscape has made late deals in Madeira a popular choice for walkers and cyclists, who follow the network of paths formed by the irrigation channels criss-crossing the island. The interior is a blanket of flowers for much of the year, with bougainvillea, poinsettias, fuchsia, lilac and jacaranda transforming the farms and villages into a wonderland of scents and colours.
Late deals in Madeira offer some of the finest hotels in Europe, ranging from majestic palaces to modern, purpose-built spa resorts. Self-catering villas and apart-hotels are another option and, in view of the island’s superb cuisine, one worth considering. We at Co-operative Travel recommend you look for late deals in Madeira’s capital of Funchal. The old town is a charming mix of black basalt churches, colonial architecture and tavernas selling local dishes. However, down at the modern marina, you’ll discover pavement cafes and cosmopolitan restaurants selling superb seafood. Afterwards, you can shop for Madeira cake and wine to take home.