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Holidays in Madeira

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Holidays in Madeira

A hidden gem of a holiday destination

With it’s lush subtropical climate, stunning cliffs and crystal clear waters, you could be forgiven for thinking that Madeira inhabits a world far further away than it’s convenient 3 hours 40 minutes flight time from London. Madeira has transformed itself into a young and hip destination, whilst not losing any of the traditional charm that has made it popular with generations of visitors. High season is November - December, making it perfect for those wanting a spot of winter sun without the travel time, but with temperatures never really falling below 18°C there isn’t really a bad time to visit this little Atlantic gem.

Holidays to Madeira have activities for everyone

Holidays to Madeira offer a feast of activities to keep everyone entertained. The geography is breathtaking: to the North is Laurissilva, the ancient laurel forest that has become one of the top destinations for canyoning enthusiasts. If you fancy an adrenalin hit, join one of the guided trips and you will soon find yourself abseiling down waterfalls into magical woodland glens. Alternatively, urban thrill seekers can hop onto one of the renowned street toboggans for a whistle stop tour of Madeira’s steep winding streets.  

More relaxed occupations are also available on holidays to Madeira: take a trip along the coast in a replica of Columbus’ ship, play a round of golf on one of the two world class courses, or walk along the pretty levada trails. The architecture merits time spent wandering the island’s streets, with frequent stops in local cafés for refreshment! The capital, Funchal, is full of character with a traditional market, 16th Century cathedral and beautiful gardens. Magic Madeira with its Living Science Centre is a popular day-out for families. To experience the charms of traditional island life explore further a-field; visit the picturesque village of Santana to see its thatched triangular houses.

Being an island, seafood is in plentiful supply and you can enjoy wonderful dishes of fresh tuna steak or locally sourced shellfish. Other specialities included the traditional bolo do caco bread, or why not try the more unusual banana risotto? Living costs on Madeira are far lower than general in Western Europe, making it very affordable to splash out on holiday to Madeira! When the sun goes down the island offers the prospect of fun filled evenings, a class of Madeira wine is obligatory and the fresh passion fruit juices are delicious. Many enjoy the excitement of Funchal Casino and there are bars and clubs to suit all tastes.  

Find more information on top Madeira destinations with easyJet holidays travel guides on Canico holidays and holidays to Funchal.

Book Madeira breaks with easyJet holidays

With the excellent value afforded by easyJet holidays, this magical island is now within easy reach. Make  savings on your holidays to Madeira when you book your flights and hotel together through easyJet holidays. The short-flight times make it an excellent destination for a mini-break, but its abundant attractions mean it is a place where you will wish to stay longer and thanks to our flexible booking options you’re are not restricted on the length of your stay!


Hotels in Madeira

Machico | Madeira and Porto Santo | Portugal

Flight and Hotel, 7 Nights, Double Room / Single Room, bed and breakfast

£ 143.60

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Funchal | Madeira and Porto Santo | Portugal

Flight and Hotel, 7 Nights, Studio, accommodation only

£ 154.35

per person

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Funchal | Madeira and Porto Santo | Portugal

Flight and Hotel, 7 Nights, Studio, Self-catering

£ 154.80

per person

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Funchal | Madeira and Porto Santo | Portugal

Flight and Hotel, 7 Nights, Studio, accommodation only

£ 166.89

per person

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Funchal | Madeira and Porto Santo | Portugal

Flight and Hotel, 7 Nights, Double Room, bed and breakfast

£ 168.32

per person

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Porto Moniz | Madeira and Porto Santo | Portugal

Flight and Hotel, 7 Nights, Double Room / Single Room, bed and breakfast

£ 173.57

per person

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Things to Do in Madeira

Situated in the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira is a magical destination with a wealth of activities and diversions for visitors. The climate is subtropical, seas are crystal clear with ambient temperatures of 18°-24° C making water sports a popular past time. This is a place where dreams are realised: take to the seas for whale and dolphin spotting (you may even see the rare Beaked Nose dolphin), re-live the sailing days of Columbus aboard the Santa Maria or transport yourself to the party atmosphere of Rio at the Madeira Carnival. easyJet holidays' guide to Madeira sums up the best bits of this interesting island.

Traditional Madeira  

In recent years, Madeira has become a choice destination for the young and hip. However, this has not caused it to forsake its traditional charms and native way of life.  

  • The trip between Monte and Funchal can still be made by wicker toboggan; an exhilarating race down the winding hill piloted by two locals dressed in traditional white  
  • The capital has many beautiful buildings, including the 16th century Cathedral. Learn the island’s history at the excellent interactive Madeira Story Centre 
  • Live like the locals and visit one of the island’s markets: Porto Moniz is full of wonderful tastes and smells; be sure to sample the celebrated honey cake!

Activities  

Madeira is a haven for the active holidaymaker.  

  • To the north, plunge into Laurissilva, an ancient laurel forest. Here the sport of canyoning has really taken off, attracting enthusiasts from across Europe. For the uninitiated, why not join a guided excursion and find yourself abseiling down waterfalls into beautiful woodland glens?  
  • To gain an overview of this Atlantic gem, visitors can drive the Old Coast Road, which winds around the island and affords many panoramic views  
  • For those who don’t suffer vertigo, there are also several cable cars located across the island, giving breathtaking views    

Scenery

Madeira’s coastline, with its unusual volcanic black sand, is stunning.  

  • More can be learnt about the volcanic origins of the island at the São Vicente Volcano and Caves Centre, here you can walk down lava tubes and see the strange lava cake formations. If you miss golden sand then the beaches of Calheta and Machico are both of more traditional shades!  
  • Similarly, a trip to the Golden Island of Porto Santo is a must with its beautiful 9km white sand beach. Due to the introduction of a new ferry this paradise can now be reached in two hours; a perfect daytrip  

Water sports and beach activities

Water sports enthusiasts are well catered for with opportunities for jet skiing, surfing and sailing.  

At Porto Moniz, the tide leaves natural pools on the rocks as it recedes, making it great for swimming. Madeira is also world renowned for its diving, due to the presence of the Garajau Underwater Nature Reserve. Here, in the crystal clear waters, you will be able to spot barracudas, dolphins and manta rays  

Fishing aficionados will not be able to turn down the opportunity for a spot of big game fishing –especially when big can mean a 1000lbsBlue Marlin!  

For families, a whale and dolphin-spotting trip will make an unforgettable experience and, due to the deep Atlantic waters close to the island, the presence of these amazing creatures is very high.    

Nightlife  

Evenings on Madeira are a perfect time to experience some traditional delicacies. There are many excellent seafood restaurants where you can try Espada (black swordfish) with banana, or Bacalhau com Late (codfish cooked with potato and a milk-cream sauce.) As the sun goes down, find a bar in Câmara de Lobos and sip a Nikita, the local speciality, consisting of beer, vanilla ice and pineapple. Alternatively try Ginja, a cherry or chestnut liquor or of course, the celebrated Madeira wine!