Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
- 7 Nights
- 08 Feb 2016
- Bed and Breakfast
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Marooned off the coast of Morocco, this Portuguese island is referred to as the Floating Garden because of its stunning floral displays. Madeira holidays allow you to witness the natural beauty as well as the charismatic culture and relaxing surroundings of this laidback island.
An island with a stunning volcanic landscape, to witness the views is a joy but many choose to explore and adventure across the varied terrain too. Within this small island you'll find mountains, forests and vineyards, while the beaches on the coast are as gorgeous as you'd expect them to be.
Funchal is the star of the show on tourists' holidays to Madeira while smaller resorts like Santo de Serra surround the capital on the southern half of the island.
You can recommend a holiday to this Portuguese island to all manner of people with culture and shopping, restaurants and nightlife, beaches and nature all found in this spectacular destination.
The capital of the island is filled with beauty and culture as well as a plethora of holiday activity. Funchal was founded in the 15th century and has lasting monuments around the city from that time.
Not just a resort for culture buffs, there are four beautiful beaches, an array of exciting attractions and tours to take through the nature, and a nightlife that is surprisingly lively and thrilling.
The city as a whole remains on the laidback side of things and there is plenty of opportunity to take it slow. Funchal is filled with beauty at almost every turn and you can get a birds-eye view of the city from the cable car taking you up to Monte.
Lying off the coast of Morocco, Madeira features a hot Mediterranean climate with elongated summers and over 300 days of sunshine a year. The temperatures reach at least 30C on a regular basis in July and August while the thermostat will regularly hit 20C for around six months a year.
Funchal is the most exciting place to visit in Madeira and the capital is always quick to throw a celebration or a festival. Any summer month will see you stumbling across some local party in the city and tourists are always invited to join in with the festivities.
Taking you on a gondola style cable ride, this 15 minute journey takes you from the centre of Funchal up to the parish area of Monte. Beautiful views are a guarantee along the way and Monte is also home to resplendent gardens. Afterwards you can choose to take a fast paced toboggan ride back down through the streets.
Mountain trips are offered by several tour operators but each one guarantee experiences that last a lifetime. Hop in the back of a 4x4 to get around Madeira and stop off at spectacular forests, rivers, mountains and so much more along the way.
Found on the north east corner of the island, the water within these pools is colder than the name suggests but it is still a terrific aquatic experience. Natural rocks and manmade shelters drag the ocean into this swimming area where you're free to relax and play out in the sun.
This small cinema plays a short film for visitors that inform them of Funchal's history. You're given the experience of a museum trip where the information is condensed into a timesaving short film. Once you leave, you'll start to appreciate the significance of the buildings around the capital. Free sweets are a plus too.