Best of Madeira

Closer to Africa than Europe, this semi-tropical island was discovered in the early 15th century. Today's discerning travellers are lured by one of the best year-round climates in the world with temperatures averaging from 15 to 25°C.

The main island may only be 57 km long and 23 km wide, but has so much to offer: natural beauty, festivals, game fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites and scuba diving. This island will appeal to people of all ages, particuarly those interested in golf, wine, painting and walking.

The island is better known, however, for its fortified wines and abundance of flowers. Few people realise that British wine merchants introduced much of the flora in the 18th century.

The island's highlights include the Pico (peak) do Arieiro, the thatched houses in Santana, a levada walk in the area around Rabaçal and the long scenic drive from Ribeira Brava to Porto do Moniz via Sao Vicente. Porto Santo, the only other inhabited island, is dominated by a remarkable eight-kilometre long beach of white sand. Be sure to visit it.

 

Madeira Hotels

Reid's Palace

Owners Orient-Express Hotels, scrupulously maintain Reid's Palace Hotel tranquil ambience of civilised, old fashioned charm and courtesy, renowned by standards of service.

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Regency Palace

The Madeira Regency Palace Hotel is a luxurious 5 star property located in the outskirts of Funchal. Settled on a cliff-top, this hotel offers stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and Cabo Girao, Europe's highest sea cliff.

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Quinta Splendida

The Quinta Splendida is a beautifully restored 19th Century Manor House in the resort of Caniço, just a short distance from the capital Funchal.

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Quinta Mirabela

This beautiful Quinta Mirabela is situated in an elevated position with a superb view over all Funchal Bay. It is in a privilege position in terms of privacy and peacefulness, less than two kilometres from Funchal.

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