holidays in Madeira
1:21pm Friday 7th May 2010 in Holiday Information
A Year Round Touch of Class
If you're looking for a holiday destination with a difference then look no further than the Portuguese island of Madeira. This stunning small island floats in the Atlantic Ocean and boasts a welcoming year round climate of approximately 26°C in the summer months and 17°C throughout the winter.
Considered an upmarket and classy destination by many it is no surprise that holidays in Madeira greet you with some of the best hotels in the world, including Reid's Palace which has been one of Madeira's most famous landmarks since way back. The majority of the luxurious hotels here offer accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis with the option of upgrading to include evening meals. The facilities within the hotels are second to none, with even the most basic hotels here offering luxury, great facilities and glorious views of the island.
Madeira holidays appeal greatly to walkers, hikers and nature lovers due to the rolling lush hillsides, volcanic landscapes and stunning floral scenery that is just waiting to be explored. If your idea of a perfect holiday is slightly different, this pleasurable island is blessed with picturesque mountain villages that have winding cobbled streets homing friendly cafes and restaurants and numerous trinket shops, perfect for an afternoon stroll. There is also a selection of weekly markets around Madeira that are just the thing for picking up some great bargains and souvenirs for loved ones. For those wanting a little bit of excitement during their holiday why not try taking a cable car ride high up the hillsides to the pretty village of Monte and soak up some of the most breathtaking sights you will ever witness. The glistening waters of the Atlantic are very enticing whether is to participate in the many watersports that are on offer including windsurfing, sailing and diving or just for a leisurely swim.
Funchal is the capital of this floral gem and is a perfect base for everyone ranging from young singles to families with small children and is the perfect mixture of old and new. Narrow cobbled streets packed with petite shops, bustling markets and relaxed coffee shops await you, as well as a more cosmopolitan side offering large shopping malls and stylish restaurants. The city offers so many sights such as museums, art galleries, botanical gardens and much more. A seaside like promenade leads round to a thriving harbour which is just the thing for a relaxing evening. Enjoy a delicious meal of freshly caught seafood washed down with a glass or two of local wine, then take a sunset stroll around the harbour to a quiet bar or open air cafe. For those wanting to party Funchal holidays offer a range of bars and clubs that are buzzing until the early hours as well as a large casino for the braver holidaymaker.
Ribeira Brava and Sao Vicente offer a range of attractions to be enjoyed but are more laid back than Funchal. Just the thing for soaking up the stunning landscapes, strolling along the coastline or browsing around the village shops. Evenings here are generally laid back and centred around delicious restaurants and intimate coffee shops.
If you crave respite and relaxation then head to the hillside villages of Canico and Pona Do Sol, here you will wind down from the moment you arrive. Boasting some of the most sensational view on the island as well as a friendly community these two pretty resorts are so laid back.
Wherever you decide to take your holidays in Madeira you will certainly enjoy a holiday with a touch of class and have the time of your life.