Places to Go on Your Madeira Holiday
Madeira has many wonderful places available for you to visit during your holiday no matter what type of day out you’re after, here are our top picks:
Santa Cruz – This is a great all round destination for your Madeira holiday, whether you want to take the family out to a water park, go surfing or even just go for a long walk and take in some of the sunshine and culture, Santa Cruz is ideal.
Calheta – This is ideal for a relaxed day out. Come here to visit museums, go hiking, relax on the beach, go fishing and even for a spot of whale watching!
Funchal – This is for the shopping holiday-goer; Funchal has a wide array of shops that sell a large range of items at cheap prices, ideal for finding unique souvenirs of your Madeira holiday.
Holiday Activities in Madeira
Holidays to Madeira are becoming increasingly popular with families and younger travellers. Holidaymakers often book Madeira holidays at popular resorts like Sao Vicente and Calheta. These are the few places on the island with sandy beaches. There’s also a sandy beach at Ribeira Brava, although like Tenerife, the beach consists of black volcanic sand. Madeira 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 water sports including diving, sailing, windsurfing and deep sea fishing.
The spectacular volcanic landscape has made Madeira a popular choice for walkers and cyclists, who follow the network of paths, formed by the irrigation channels criss-crossing the island. The landscape is a blanket of flowers for most of the year, with bougainvillea, poinsettias, fuchsia, lilac and jacaranda transforming the farms and villages into a wonderland of scents and colours.
All inclusive holidays to Madeira offer some of the finest hotels in Europe. Ranging from majestic palaces to modern, purpose-built spa resorts, there are destinations suitable for everyone. Self-catering villas and apart-hotels are another option to save money when booking a holiday in Madeira. You can also experience the island’s superb cuisine, which is a factor worth considering. We recommend that you look at all inclusive holidays to Madeira’s capital of Funchal. This old town is a charming mix of black basalt churches, colonial architecture and taverns 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.