Madeira has been a magnet for discerning tourists for decades. Each year thousands head for these volcanic islands in the Atlantic, drawn by their blend of all-year-round sun, natural beauty and down-to-earth charm.
Made up of two main inhabited islands, Madeira and Porto Santo, Madeira is a holiday destination that appeals to everyone. Whether you want to simply lap up the sunshine and the stunning mountainous views, enjoy the capital, Funchal’s famously enjoyable cuisine, or simply promenade the seafront, it’s a wonderful location. These days, however, there’s much more to do than this. For the adventurous, Madeira is now the home to a number of exciting action holiday options. These range from mountain walks in the beautiful Levada, sailing and dolphin and whale watching, scuba diving and big game fishing to surfing or paragliding.
What makes this island paradise even more appealing these days is the array of top quality hotels in Madeira. Outstanding options include the Hotel Orca Praia, a stunning residence built into the side of cliffs just outside Funchal. The hotel is set in peaceful surroundings, a short distance from the small fishing village of Câmara de Lobos and has spectacular sea views of the Atlantic from every room.
Another popular choice is the Hotel Quinta Alegre a lovely, country house style hotel that that lies above the pretty town of Caheta on the sunny south coast. The small residence is a perfect base for hiking or simply relaxing in the midst of the beautiful flora of the Madeira landscape. For those wanting to experience Madeira’s exceptional water sports and diving, or simply soak up the sun on the edge of the sea, the Hotel Galomar is a perfect spot. Located 30 metres above the sea and the natural underwater reserve of Madeira Caniço de Baixo, this is the perfect place for diving, water-skiing and swimming. A private sea platform is also a magnet for sun worshippers.
Many visitors prefer to stay in Funchal itself, and here the Hotel Residencial Vila Lusitania is a com-fortable, family run hotel in the heart of the city, ideally suited as a base for exploring the islands. Alternatively, the Hotel Baia Azul places visitors right in the middle of the tourist district of Funchal, with stunning sea views from the rooms and its stunning balcony overlooking the Atlantic.