The Pearl of the Atlantic
The lush, sub-tropical island of Madeira has much to offer the independent traveller. The sheer diversity of scenery on an island of such manageable size makes it the
ideal holiday destination.
Madeira is famous for its abundant vegetation: bananas, oranges, lemons, melons, avocados, passion fruit as well as bougainvillea, jacaranda, orchids and the national flower, the Bird of Paradise.
Holidays In Madeira
Funchal, lying on Madeira’s south coast, is the island’s capital and location of the majority of hotels, museums and historic buildings. Old streets are lined with beautiful houses perched on low cliffs and backed by green terraced mountains.
Deep ravines, winding roads, cultivated fields falling into the sea and an abundance of Mediterranean and tropical plants are typical features of southern Madeira. The charming fishing village of Camara de Lobos, a favourite spot of Winston Churchill is one of the few places on the island which has remained untouched by the passing of time. Further west is the scenic viewpoint of Cabo Girao, famed as Europe’s second highest sea cliff (more than 500 metres above sea level) and the coastal town of Calheta immersed amongst flourishing vineyards and banana plantations.
The interior is a region of high peaks and deep ravines covered in lush green vegetation. The Serra de Agua mountain range offers nature trails for walkers of all competence levels.
The North of Madeira is an area of rugged beauty covered by green forests, terraced vineyards and small cultivated fields. One of the most spectacular views is from Sao Vicente to Porto Moniz, a narrow road carved into sheer cliffs passing through tunnels and countless waterfalls. Remember to take a swim in the natural sea pools carved from the volcanic rock at Porto Moniz.
Area: 801 sq km (320 sq mi)
Length: 57km (35.41 miles)
Width: 22km (13.67 miles)
Population: 247,399 inhabitants
Madeira's climate is mild, with temperatures between 61°F in winter to 72°F in summer (16-22°C), making it the perfect year round holiday destination.
Flights with TAP Portugal (01 January – 31October 2012) to Funchal
London Gatwick - Funchal - Daily
London Heathrow - Funchal (via Lisbon) - Daily
Regional flights to Madeira
Direct flights from regional airports using charter and no frills airlines (excluding Ryanair), are available on request. We have produced a list of possible routes to date. Please note that these flights are subject to change. Please telephone us for the latest information on routes, prices and any new destinations.
Funchal - Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow, Gatwick, Leeds-Bradford, Luton, Stansted, Manchester & Newcastle.