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Madeira Holidays

Join us on a holiday to the Portuguese island of Madeira, with departures from a number of UK and Ireland airports. Situated off the north-west coast of Africa and warmed by the currents of the Gulf Stream, Madeira offers incredible natural landscapes and really demonstrates how inspiring our Earth can be, making it one of our top sun destinations.

Our top holidays to Madeira include return flights, the expertise of a local tour guide, half-board accommodation, all transfers and our specially selected excursions and tours - making Madeira one of our most popular holiday destinations!

Our popular Scenic West Madeira escorted tour lasts 7 nights and brings you to the best sights in the region. As well as this, our Highlights of Madeira holiday includes an excursion to the island’s best viewing points, offering stunning panoramas over this botanical paradise. Both holidays include a tour of the city of Funchal, as well as free time to relax and enjoy Madeira at your own pace.

We have regular departures to Madeira available so you can plan your trip to the ‘floating flower garden’ now.

What to Expect from a Holiday to Madeira

The main draw of our Madeira holidays is undoubtedly the opportunity to witness the lush natural landscape. Madeira has become synonymous with the wondrous natural spectacle that is its green terraced mountainsides, dramatic rocky outcrops and picturesque villages - a truly unique experience for all visitors. Take a look at the Top 5 Madeira highlights picked out by our team. 

All of our holidays to Madeira offer a rich blend of scenery, food, culture, and relaxation. Our team will always be on hand to help make Madeira holidays an unforgettable experience.

General Information about Madeira

To make your holiday as smooth as possible, we’ve outlined some general information that may be helpful to you when planning your next getaway to Madeira.

Food & Drink

Madeirans are fiercely proud of their cuisine, and with good reason. When you take Madeira holidays, you can start with some grilled fresh scallops or tomate e cebola (tomato and onion soup). There are always succulent grilled beef dishes on the menu - don't miss the slow-cooked espetada cuts - as well as sharers to enjoy like Picado, which includes beef fried in garlic and served with plenty of fries.

If you love seafood, you'll be in heaven. The nearby seas teem with tuna, cod, and lesser known varieties like black scabbard fish, or gaiado. And, when the mains have been cleared, desserts like bolo de mel (honey bread) are the perfect coda to Madeiran dinners.

Climate

The Madeiran climate also serves up an appetising diet of consistently warm, but hardly ever scorchingly hot, days. August peaks with an average of around 23 degrees, while January is supposed to be the coldest month, but with an average temperature of 16 degrees, it hardly feels like winter at all.

History & Culture

How on earth did Portugal come to rule over little Madeira, a 309 square mile island in the middle of the Atlantic? Well, the answer lies in the Age of Exploration, when adventurers set out from Lisbon to discover new worlds. Madeira happened to be on the gulf stream, taking sailors straight to it, and in 1419, a couple of Portuguese navigators arrived (although its likely that plenty of people had wandered out on the winds in the previous few centuries).

Well before Columbus reached America, Madeira was a thriving Portuguese colony. The early prosperity of the region was largely built around industrial sugar factories which supplied the European mainland. That sugar production is why we still have Madeira cakes in supermarkets today.

After America took pole position in the sugar production scene, Madeira adapted and started to produce another iconic product: Madeira wine. By the 1700s, this sweet dessert wine had become familiar to drinkers all over Europe (helped along by Britain occupying the island in the 1800s during the Napoleonic Wars).

More recently, Madeira welcomed thousands of evacuees from Gibraltar during World War Two, a produce of Portugal's long alliance with Great Britain. Then they returned the favour, exporting one of the world's greatest footballing talents to Manchester in the from of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Peace of mind with Travel Department

Why us?

  • We’ve done the research for you, creating perfectly planned itineraries
  • Outstanding value for money – Flights, transfers, accommodation and excursions included in nearly all our tours
  • We are experienced and dedicated to your experience
  • No holiday surcharges –
    guaranteed

Our guides

  • Friendly and welcoming everywhere you go
  • Local experts, passionate about their area
  • Take pride in making your holiday memorable
  • Innovative itineraries with amazing excursions

 

Our promise

  • To remember your holiday is a very precious time
  • To go the extra mile for you, our customers
  • To describe our holidays in an honest manner
  • To use your feedback to continually improve our service

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  • 24/7 emergency contact number while abroad.
  • We are a privately owned company and have been in business for over 20 years.
  • Travel Department holidays are fully licenced by the Civil Aviation Authority and are ATOL Protected.

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