Madeira Holidays

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While it may be best known for its wine and as the birthplace of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, there’s so much more to discover on a holiday to Madeira. An archipelago formed of four islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, hundreds of miles off the coast of Africa, there’s a wild appeal to Madeira with its volcanic black sand, sheer coastal cliffs and rushing waterfalls in the lesser-developed forested interior.


Relaxation and adventure can be found in equal measure here whether mountain biking or hiking the verdant trails along the island’s levadas (irrigation channels), ambling around the Old Town of the capital, Funchal or taking to the waters to spot whales and dolphins. And while Madeira is not primarily a beach holiday destination, if you’re looking to laze beneath the sun, take a short 15 minute flight (or two hour boat ride) to Porto Santo, easily the best place for a day on the sands.

Interested in booking a holiday to Madeira? Call our Europe travel experts for a personalised quote or browse our selection of holidays below.

Madeira Travel Information

There are direct flights from London Gatwick to Madeira, as well as indirect flights via Lisbon.

  • Currency: Euro 
  • Time difference: GMT +1 
  • Flight from UK: just under 4 hours 
  • Visa: UK citizens can travel to Madeira for up to 90 days within an 180 day period with a visa provided your passport is valid for at least six months 
  • Language: Portuguese 
  • Weather: Madeira has a subtropical climate with warm summers, mild winters and year-round sunshine interspersed with rain showers 
  • Getting around: the island is relatively easy to get around by bus, taxi or rental car

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