Holidays in Madeira have so much more to offer than you imagined!
Only 32 miles long and 12 miles wide this incredibly beautiful sub-tropical island rises to almost 6000 feet at its highest point.
Lush green unspoiled countryside, terraced farms and vineyards vie with the spectacular mountains, pine forests, waterfalls and craggy cliffs. Flora in abundance – orchids, hydrangeas, hibiscus, no wonder Madeira is called the Floating Garden.
In the evenings life continues apace. There are hundreds of restaurants from the first class to the family business where service excels. Lots of island dishes, in particular the fresh Atlantic fish, are delicious, do sample the ‘espetada’ – beef cooked over a fire of laurel and served on a skewer.
The mild climate makes Madeira ideal for golf. The Madeira Golf and Country Club at Santo da Serra, 15 miles from Funchal, has hosted the Madeira Open since 1993. It is part of the PGA European Tour. A second continuous 18 hole course is available at the stunningly beautiful Palheiro Golf. We have full details on both courses.
Reids Palace, Casa Velha do Palheiro and Cliff Bay are founder members of this golf course and as such are able to offer guaranteed start times, 30% reduction on green fees (payable locally) and courtesy transport to the golf course (subject to availability).
Take advantage of us!
Or at least of our personal experience of these islands! We can advise you on hotels, fly/drive, eating out, sports, walking, night life, we have the answers to most questions and can find the ones we don’t have.
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Things to do
There are 600 miles of walks, some are quite challenging and walking shoes would prove useful. Watersports abound (subject to weather) with scuba diving, deep sea fishing and dinghy sailing. Sea bathing is quite safe and there are Lidos on the outskirts of Funchal. It is useful to know that the north coast is 2° - 3° cooler.
A hired car gives you so much freedom and adds an extra dimension to any holiday, but particularly in Madeira as some of the greatest pleasures are to be found in the countryside. We would be delighted to quote you prices, including baby seats if required.
Local best buys
Embroidery, tapestry, Madeira wines, wickerwork, shoes, leather goods, flowers.
Welcome gift in rooms on arrival.
Travel guide to Madeira.
A half bottle of excellent Madeira especially bottled for Prestige Holidays guests.
Individual taxi transfers.
Scheduled flights from Gatwick and charters from many airports.
What to do on your Madeira holiday - below are some headlines
Walking and hiking - There are 600 miles of walks, many along the Levadas - walking shoes would definitely prove useful.
Gardens - As one would expect of an island referred to as the Floating Garden of the Atlantic, Madeira has many exotic gardens that can be visited.
Museums and Architectural Interest – over 23 museums and many buildings of interest.
Water sports - Water sports abound, with scuba diving, deep sea fishing and sailing (dinghies) windsurfing, waterskiing, canoeing and more.
Madeira Wine – there are many wineries that you can visit and taste the surprising range of Madeira wines and of course there is the wine festival each year. This year it is from 31 Aug to 2 September.
Golf – The mild climate makes Madeira ideal for golf. With two fabulous championship courses.
Spas – a luxury Madeira holiday today would not be complete without a Spa treatment!
Why not enjoy the World Record (Guinness Book of Records) breaking fireworks display over Funchal at New Year?
Porto Santo really is an ‘away from it all’ island only 16 square miles.
It is located 40km northeast of Madeira, it is then only inhabited island in the archipelago, with a population of approximately 5000. Its prime attraction is some 5½ miles of golden sandy beach and a new 18 hole golf course. If you are not a lover of ‘night life’ and prefer a quieter holiday – then Porto Santo is for you.
Porto Santo's claim to fame, beyond it sandy beach, is its link to Christopher Columbus. In the town of Vila Baleira there is a house where Columbus was reportedly to have lived from 1478 to 1480, but Columbus did marry the granddaughter of the first Governor of Porto Santo. This is now an interesting museum.
Porto Santo can easily be explored in a day, with its rugged coastline with sandstone cliffs and rocks weathered into interesting shapes and small caves, there are many places to stop to admire the spectacular views.
The islands highest peak at 517 metres is Pico do Facho, you will need hiking boots to reach the summit. Visit the small winery near Camacha with an antique wooden press, which still produces local Porto Santo wine.
Porto Santo Golf
Porto Santo’s brand-new golf course, designed by champion Severiano Ballesteros, stretches all the way across the island from dune-rolling beach to dramatic basalt cliffs. It offers that ideal combination – natural beauty and a challenging game.
The layout was designed to blend in with the natural landscape, and immense care was taken to minimize impact on the environment. The course comprises 18 holes over 6,434 metres, with a par of 72. It features two distinct zones – a South Course in the American tradition, dotted with lakes and demanding a long, precise game; and a North Course played along spectacular cliff tops.
There is also a nine-hole ‘pitch-and-putt’ course of par-three holes (ideal for training precision shots), and a driving range. The clubhouse is a triumph of modern design, but blends harmoniously into the landscape, with its dry-stone walling, natural wood and hip wicker furniture.
Facilities include a sauna and Jacuzzi, and there’s a good pro shop.The Golf Club bar and restaurant command a splendid view over the island and out to sea.
New for 2012/13 Thomsonfly have introduced a direct flight from Gatwick and Manchester to Porto Santo on a Monday. We can also arrange two-centre holidays with Madeira on request.