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With exceptional natural beauty, a mild climate throughout the year, a friendly population, and a top-quality hotel network, Madeira and Porto Santo, the two inhabited islands of the Madeira archipelago, are the perfect islands for those seeking stress-free holidays. Here you can enjoy your holiday on the beach or at sea, in the mountains, in the countryside or in the city–the perfect spot for a getaway to experience unique moments like nowhere else.

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Santana Traditional Houses
Santana, Madeira

Now the town's biggest tourist attraction, these quaint straw houses were originally used by farmers during the settlement of the island. While in town, you should not miss the Archipelago's history and folk culture theme park.

Porto Santo Island
Porto Santo

The sparsely populated island of Porto Santo lies 40 km northeast of Madeira island. Quiet during most of the year, it is the perfect place for those seeking an escape from the busy Funchal. The island offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, such as diving, fishing, sailing, canoeing, and windsurfing. Much less hilly than Madeira, the island of Porto Santo is also perfect for bike rides. You can rent bikes at hotels or downtown.

As Vides
Rau da Achada 17, Madeira

As Vides is a restaurant praised by locals as one of the best traditional restaurants in Madeira. Forget your diet for one day and prepare yourself to try the island's characteristically long, flavourful beef skewers and the most iconic Madeiran delicacy, the buttery bolo do caco.

O Casco
Rua do Ribeirinho 2, Machico

If you want to see what comfort food tastes like in Madeira, O Casco is definitely the place to go. Lunch, dinner – or simply a snack – everything will be cooked to order at any time of the day. Be sure to try one of the many varieties of the famous bolo do caco.

Madeira Wine

Madeira's unique soil and climate make the production of an even more unique wine possible. Praised by Shakespeare in his plays and admired by monarchs, princes, generals, and explorers, this nectar is definitely one of Madeira's finest achievements. Multiple wineries offer guided tours and tastings (e.g. Blandy's Wine Lodge, one of the island's most reputable and longest-standing).

Farmers' Market
Mercado dos Lavradores, Funchal

This Farmers' Market, inaugurated in 1940, still carries out the functions for which it was created. All sorts of local produce (fruit, vegetable, flower, and fish) are sold in a blend of colours, sounds, smells, and visiting nationalities.

Madeira International Airport (FNC)
Aeroporto da Madeira, Santa Cruz, Madeira

Madeira International Airport has a modern infrastructure that welcomes its passengers with the highest levels of safety and comfort. Located 20 minutes away from the capital city of Funchal, the airport has all the essential transportation services. A bus shuttle service runs to the city approximately every one or two hours.

Public Transport

One of the main public bus companies that operates on Madeira is Horários do Funchal, operating both city and inter-city services on the south, central, and north parts of the island. A limited amount of the island's attractions can be reached by bus, while certain areas (such as the popular hiking route between Madeira's two highest peaks) are only accessible by private transfer or as part of a guided tour.

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