Holidays to Madeira in 2014

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Explore Madeira Island

Dramatic landscapes, lush vegetation, traditional charm and peace and tranquillity are just a few of the things that a holiday to Madeira has to offer.

Madeira holidays may not be able to offer endless sandy beaches, but this unique island offers vibrant flora and fauna, relaxing levada walks and a fascinating coastline.

The atmosphere is relaxed, the golf courses challenging and water sport choices are endless on a Madeira holiday. There are some superb cheap holidays on offer most of the year, including a stay at the Hotel Cliff Bay overlooking the ocean.

Cobbled streets and endless beaches

Funchal, is a vibrant city stretching from the deep harbour, which is visited by many cruise ships. The streets, some steep, are cobbled, and elegant mansions and beautiful plants add to the unique atmosphere. Canico is a quieter option suited to those who appreciate the rural beauty. The town centre has a variety of restaurants and shops, and a pretty Baroque church.

The EU Blue Flag has been awarded to the Barreirinha Complex in Funchal’s old town and there is a man-made, sandy beach on the south west coast at Calheta but there are many superb small pebble beaches with clear crystal water all around Madeira. However, if you would like to combine a holiday with a sandy beach holiday, look no further than the neighbouring island of Porto Santo. Porto Santo is a paradise for beach lovers with a 15 kilometre stretch of the softest sands, thought to have therapeutic qualities, and is just two hours away from Madeira by boat.

Walkers and hikers return year after year. Trails have been marked for different abilities of walkers to enjoy the fascinating scenery of Madeira. For more adventure, there are some superb mountain bike routes, again set for varying abilities which are great for all the family. Horse riding, diving and sailing are other sports that will assist you in exploring the island on your Madeira holiday, as well as dolphin or whale watching tours.

For inspiration on things to do in Madeira, check out our guide

Book with lowcostholidays

Madeira offers a unique island holiday experience; at lowcostholidays we don’t believe in Madeira package holidays, we believe that all holidays should be tailor made to suit our customers. Book a holiday that suits your tastes and budget this year with lowcostholidays.

Our top hotels in Madeira

LTI Pestana Grand Ocean Resort Hotel

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Quintinha Sao Joao

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Hotel Porto Mare

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Hotel Gorgulho

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Funchal, Madeira

Based on 2 sharing, Bed & Breakfast, 7 nts, from London Gatwick more info >

Flight + Hotel from £166.50 pp

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Santa Catarina Hotel

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Santa Cruz Madeira, Madeira

Based on 2 sharing, Room Only, 7 nts, from Manchester more info >

Flight + Hotel from £215.00 pp

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Hotel Dom Pedro Garajau

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Garajau, Madeira

Based on 2 sharing, Bed & Breakfast, 7 nts, from London Gatwick more info >

Flight + Hotel from £218.00 pp

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Golden Residence Hotel & Spa

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Funchal, Madeira

Based on 2 sharing, Bed & Breakfast, 7 nts, from London Gatwick more info >

Flight + Hotel from £229.50 pp

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Pestana Village Garden Resort Aparthotel

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Funchal, Madeira

Based on 2 sharing, Bed & Breakfast, 7 nts, from Birmingham Intl more info >

Flight + Hotel from £286.00 pp

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Scuba Diving

The Garajau Natural Marine Park is a protect area that is full of spectacular marine life. It is an ideal area for scuba diving, and there are a number of dive schools and centres that take visitors to see the wonderful marine life. Most of the island is a nature reserve meaning the natural environment is unspoilt.

Golf

The golf courses are not as well-known as many in Portugal but they are beautifully well kept and welcoming to visitors. Santo de Serra golf course is the longest on the island and ideal for all abilities. Palheiro Golf Club is a beautiful course overlooking the town and bay of Funchal.

Sailing

The island has been a great place for sailing for hundreds of years, there a ports and harbours all over the island offering sailing trips and days out. There a facilities to hire sailing boats and yachts at the majority of seaside towns on the island.

Water Sports

Many of the beaches on the island have water sports available such as paddle boating and canoeing. Surfing has become a popular sport on the island in recent years and there are a few beaches that are ideal for surfing dotted around the island.