Memories of Madeira

10-Day Madeira Highlights Holiday Itinerary - Portugal

Prices from £475 pp

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Duration10 days / 9 nights (flexible)


ItineraryFunchal - North Coast - South Coast - Funchal

Suitable for families

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On this trip to Madeira Island you’ll get the ideal mix of activity, culture and relaxation. From walking along coastal cliffs to rappelling down natural waterfalls. Lounge by the pool and enjoy this tropical island’s delicious local cuisine, from fish with banana to cocktails with passion fruit.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Transport as described below
  • Excursions as described below
  • Car hire and insurance – prices may vary depending on departure dates

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Food & Funchal

Begin your journey through Madeira in the peaceful city of Funchal. Allow the relaxed island atmosphere to wash over you, before you venture out to explore more of the island. From the airport you can take a taxi to your apartment situated in a quiet part of the old town, within walking distance to terraces and traditional Madeiran restaurants. Take the time to explore Funchal’s Portuguese architecture, narrow streets lined with colourful buildings and its many squares and terraces. In the arty district around Rua de Santa Maria you will find the artist’s project ‘Arte de puertas abiertas‘.  

some fruit in a market

Together with your host, who knows Funchal like the back of their hand, you’ll stroll through the trendy neighbourhoods and taste the tastiest specialties of the island. You’ll visit the best chocolate shop, where you will taste bonbons with tropical flavours like passion fruit and banana. Madeira is bursting with fruit trees and this is reflected in the local cuisine. Enjoy a sandwich with the local specialty ‘espada com banana’, a strange looking but delicious fish. You will also be introduced to the well-known Madeira wine in the oldest wine tasting room. For dessert you’ll try Madeira’s classic cheese cake. After all of these treats, you will now know the ins and outs of the city and the culinary delights of Madeira, so you’ll know exactly what to order for the rest of your holiday.

two women in a fruit market

Cliffs and Rivers of Santana

Arrive at your hotel, nestled in the middle of nature with a sea view on one side and mountains behind. It’s the perfect base in the north-east of the island to be close to the variety that Madeira has to offer. You now have a few days to learn the benefits of staying in the middle of this area of ​​the levadas (old irrigation canals). Take a drive to Ribeiro Frio, the starting point of several hiking trails in the area, one of which is to the Los Balcoes viewing platform. Alternatively, head to the Sao Lourenco peninsula with its dramatic cliff-lined coast making it one of the best walks in the area. For something more extreme, there’s mountain biking, canyoning, coasteering and surf. 

a man stands on a cliff looking at the sea

Sunset on the south coast

Arrive on the south coast of Madeira, where you’ll find the most hours of sunshine on the island. Do as the banana, mango and papaya trees do and head here for the sun and water. Once you’ve checked into your traditional quinta, you can switch off and laze by the pool overlooking the sea and soak up the sun. 


flowers in front of a sea view

Now you have a few days free to decide how you spend your time. Take the chance to enjoy the swimming pool a little more, read that book you’ve always wanted to read, check out the nearby restaurants with sea views. Settle down on a terrace and order the local dish, “Espata com banana”. If you feel like exploring the surroundings of Ponta do Sol, then the trails are there to be explored. Alternatively, you can head to the glass viewing platform and skywalk at Cabo Girao or find mountain biking, canyoning and coasteering only 20 minutes’ drive from your hotel. There’s also some culture here to be discovered, with sleepy fishing villages and churches dotted all around.  

a woman titanics at a viewpoint

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