Hotel Porto Mare

Highlights at the Hotel Porto Mare include five pools, four restaurants and a first-class spa.

The interiors at the hotel are elegant. The lobby’s got lots of stately marble, with oversized urns and floor-to-ceiling windows completing the look. Rooms are chic and understated, with soft shades and light-wood furniture.

The choice of pools provides something for everyone. There are a couple of big, lagoon-like ones and an option that’s just for kids. Nearby, a pool bar will keep you going with drinks and light meals.

The main restaurant’s a buffet number, but there are also Portuguese, Mediterranean and Italian speciality restaurants, as well as an ice cream parlour.

Overview of Funchal

The tiny island of Madeira is most famous for its beautiful landscapes, which are paved with greenery.

Holidays to Madeira aren’t known for their beaches, although man-made and pebble options are available. But, when you leave the Hotel Porto Mare and explore, you’ll be greeted by waterfalls, caves and a diverse range of flora and fauna.

If you’d prefer a chilled holiday with a relaxing tipple, then the island’s also the birthplace of Madeira fortified wine, so you could even leave the island having found your new favourite drink.

Things to do in Madeira

The Hotel Porto Mare is in one of Funchal’s finest spots and a promenade is the only thing that separates you from the sea. You’re also within walking distance of the pebble beach at Praia Formosa, which is packed with water-sports options.

Funchal’s lively centre is only a couple of kilometres away. You can walk there in around 40 minutes, but a local bus service runs close to the hotel. As Madeira’s capital, the city’s packed with bustling markets, high-end shops and local boutiques. Food also forms a big part of the social life, so expect to see Mediterranean classics on each corner.

A trip to Madeira marries beautiful landscapes with cosmopolitan cities. An outdoor paradise full of things to do, there’s sure to be something that will put a smile on your face.

Resort Summary

Funchal was a core part of the early settlement of Madeira in the 1400s, when brave expeditions from Europe first began pressing ever further west from the continent to see what else lay in the world beyond. As a result, colonial architecture makes up much of the original elements of Funchal even today, although there’s plenty of modern flavour as well.