The Atlantic island with dramatic landscapes and year-round warmth
Searching for a holiday in the sun that’s a little bit different? Closer to North Africa than mainland Europe, Madeira is part of an Atlantic Ocean archipelago of four beautiful islands, the largest being Madeira itself. With a deliciously warm climate year-round, Madeira holidays are perfect for those who want a reliable place to swim in the sea, bask in the sun, or explore the great outdoors. Despite its small size – it’s just 20 kilometres wide – Madeira’s dramatic and varied volcanic terrain makes for excellent hiking and cycling. The island also has an interior network of canal pathways called ‘levadas’, which are ideal for gentler walks. For the best views at sunset, take the cable car to Monte from Madeira’s capital, Funchal. As you watch the sun slip into the ocean from the cliff tops, you’ll agree that holidays to Madeira are rather wild and wonderful. Here we have handpicked our best offers with easyJet holidays, which all include flights from Bristol, hotel, 23kg luggage and transfers, plus low deposits available from £60pp. So, if it's a few nights away or a longer stay, then contact our Travel Specialists today for details.
5* Savoy Palace Guide price for 3 nights from only £370pp
Various departures dates dates Positioned on a hillside in one of Funchal’s most prestigious neighbourhoods, this grand five-star hotel commands unparalleled views out over the nearby tranquil bay.
4* Four Views Monumental Guide price for 3 nights from only £355pp
Various departures dates dates This high-rise hotel has a prime setting just a hop from Funchal Lido – an area with two saltwater pools and direct sea access – so sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean are par-for-the-course.
5* Pestana Carlton Madeira Guide price for 7 nights from only £379pp
Various departures dates dates The Pestana Carlton was one of the first hotels built on the island of Madeira, and with its enviable location, lush gardens, landscaped pool terraces, and impressive selection of bars and restaurants, it’s easy to see why it has stood the test of time.
4* Calheta Beach Guide price for 7 nights from only £479pp
Various departures dates dates Framed by cliffs and overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean, this all-inclusive hotel is a superb spot for a Madeira getaway on the island’s dramatic southern coast.
4* Baia Azul Hotel Guide price for 7 nights from only £489pp
Various departures dates dates Stroll to the seafront in minutes from this hotels and enjoy sweeping views of turquoise waters when you stay here, allowing you to get the most out of your time on holiday.
5* Hotel The Cliff Bay Guide price for 7 nights from only £729pp
Various departures dates dates Luxuriously modern but with an old-school elegance, this five-star hotel in Madeira’s buzzing capital promises a truly glamorous stay overlooking the island’s sunny southern coast.
5* Enotel Lido Guide price for 7 nights from only £699pp
Various departures dates dates Breath in the restorative power of Atlantic sea views at the sublime Enotel Lido Resort on the island's sunny south coast.
5* VIDAMAR Resort Madeira Guide price for 7 nights from only £739pp
Various departures dates dates Luxe style and superb sea views come together at the VidaMar Resorts Madeira, an ultra-contemporary retreat right on Funchal’s waterfront.
Top 10 things to do in Madeira
1. Laurissilva Forest
A spectacular ancient forest over 20 million years old - Among which you can find Levadas, the 18th century irrigation channels, which now make great walking routes
2. Whales and Dolphins
Take a boat trip at any time of year to see up to 28 species in the coastal waters.
3. Natural Pools
On the North Coast, the natural pools of Porto Moniz and Seixal are salt water, volcanic pools, filled naturally by incoming seawater.
4. Carros de cesto - Wicker Sledges
Sledge around Funchal on the traditional local transport, a unique way to get around.
5. Porto Santo
Visit Madeira’s small sister island for gold sandy beaches and amazing turquoise sea water.
6. Madeira Wine
Madeira wine is a fortified wine with a history and landscape spanning more than five centuries. Enjoy a wine tour around the island and visit exotic vineyards and the traditional wine Lodges in Funchal.
7. Mercado dos Lavradores - The Farmers’ Market
In the heart of Funchal’s historical city centre with the freshest exotic fruits, flowers, vegetables, and local spices.
8. Try Madeiran food
Try “Bolo do caco” (local bread) and “espetada” (beef on a skewer), plus many other tasty and tropical flavours.
A great way to discover the interior of the Island and explore the waterfalls, and forests. Routes can be challenging but there are options for beginners!
10. Mountain biking
Madeira has excellent roads and paths waiting to be explored, with stunning sights to see along the way.