Madeira

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WHY VISIT MADEIRA?

Stunning nature and eternal spring. You can spend hours walking up and down hills, following ancient water irrigation channels and hiking trails. Then jump into the cobalt blue waters for a quick dip or catch a ferry to Porto Santo, a nearby island for with pristine white sand beaches.

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WHERE TO STAY IN MADEIRA?

Funchal is the largest city in Madeira, so stay here if you want the largest selection of hotels and restaurants.  There are more tourists in Funchal, especially when the cruise ships dock, so stay elsewhere if you prefer to be away from the crowds.  If you have more than a long weekend, then try both, Funchal and outside the city!

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Maps of Madeira, Portugal

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Quinta Mirabela ($$$) Impressive views from the roof deck and pool. Right in the middle of Funchal. Cosy beds.

Quinta da Casa Branca ($$$) Romantic, five star hideaway just outside of Funchal.

Castanheiro Boutique Hotel ($$) Elegant hotel with sauna and Turkish baths. Central location in Funchal.

Estalagem Da Ponta Do Sol Hotel ($$) Contemporary, white hotel perched on top of a cliff and overlooking the ocean. About 30 minutes west of Funchal. Pure design bliss.

The Vine Hotel ($$) Centrally located hotel in Funchal for wine lovers. Did we mention the a vinotherapy spa? 

Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa ($$) Dreamy views of the ocean and great squash courts about 40 minutes west of Funchal.   

WHERE TO EAT IN MADEIRA?

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Risottoria Del Mundo ($$) All kinds of risottos (veggies, meat, fish) to your heart’s content. 

Faja dos Padres ($$)  Traditional Madeira cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients. 

Vila do Peixe ($$) Amazing pasta and fish. 

Gaviao Novo ($$) Come here for the grilled limpets served with lemon and garlic butter. 

Ritz Madeira ($) Best for people watching. Grab a coffee and a sweet.  

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In Madeira: Valley of the Nuns Viewpoint; Estalagram da Ponta do Sol; fruit market

WHERE TO GO AT NIGHT IN MADEIRA?

If you want nightlife, stay in Funchal.  Because most of Madeira’s visitors are retirees from Europe, even in Funchal, the nightlife isn’t super happening.  But that’s beginning to change as younger visitors are discovering this hidden gem of an island!

Reid’s Place ($$) Stop by the Belmond hotel for a mellow nightcap or high end glass of wine. 

Vespas ($$) Clubbing to beats all night long. 

FX Sports Bar ($) Rowdy sports bar with good music. 

BEST INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS FOR MADEIRA?

Pretty scenes from around the island @madeira_islands 

Why not run across the island with Madeira UltraTrail? @madeiraultratrail    

Amazing shots of island hikes #madeirahiking

HOW TO GET TO MADEIRA?

There are daily flights from Lisbon and London on TAP Portugal, British Airways and EasyJet. Madeira is about 2 hour flight from Lisbon and Porto and a 4 hour flight from London.

HOW TO GET AROUND MADEIRA?

Rent a car because driving is the best way to go. Taxis are widely available, but avoid buses if you can– some routes are travelled just once a day.