Feel the sun, dive into the blue sea and breathe in the sea breeze: does this sound to you like your kind of holiday?
Come and visit these beautiful spots in Madeira:
Fajã dos Padres
Accessible only by boat or cable car, this place is an authentic hideaway by the sea, blessed with a singular beauty of unexpected charms. Nestled on a beautiful cliff, next to Cabo Girão (the highest sea cliff in Europe with 580 m of altitude), it owes its name to the Jesuit priests who lived here since the 15th century. You can relive its heritage by staying in one of its cottages, a real treat! As you walk through the ancient stone paths of Fajã dos Padres, you can admire its organic farming land, taste delicious tropical fruits and smell the scent of trees and flowers. This place has an excellent restaurant, a pebble beach, a solarium and a small pier to access the sea. Feel the isolation you need to relax, and enjoy the most magnificent sunsets.
Jardim do Mar
Known for its spectacular waves, this so-called “Hawaii of Europe” is the smallest parish of Madeira. Large, however, is the beauty and authenticity it offers. It is one of the most picturesque hideaways on the island, much sought after by surfers and visitors looking for the sun. Here, the inhabitants enjoy a quiet daily life, surrounded by photogenic landscapes, beach, waves and good company. It has several restaurants, a hotel and a few local accommodation units. Escape to this seafront garden and feel its good vibes.
Ponta do Sol
Ponta do Sol is a town facing the sea, blessed by the sun. Situated just 25 minutes’ drive from Funchal, it offers a cosy hideaway. It has charming pedestrian streets with typical cobblestone pavement, old houses, chapels and lodging units, well blended into the landscape. Besides the seafront, you will find a pebble beach, surrounded by an imposing volcanic rock that extends into the sea. This idyllic setting promotes a diverse cultural calendar, throughout the year. If you enjoy hiking, stroll through the footpaths of this area and take the opportunity to discover its ancient royal bridge, among other emblematic sites.
Located in the centre of a diverse landscape, between the sea and the mountains, Seixal has many attractions. The natural pools made of lava and nearby beautiful beaches are some of its highlights. Black volcanic sands face the blue sea against lush green mountains. Waterfalls gush out energy and happiness to its visitors. Land of good wine and great fish, Seixal’s delicacies include a delicious rice of limpets sought-after by locals and visitors. Nearby Seixal, you can find plenty of accommodation and catering options.
This picturesque fishing village on the south-east of the island is only 20 km from Funchal and 7 km from Madeira Airport. Here stands the grand Quinta do Lorde and its beautiful marina. This village was once a whaling centre, whose testimonies are still present at the Whale Museum. You can visit this attraction and find out more about the local fishing industry. Walking beside the crystalline waters of Ponta de São Lourenço, the beautiful Baía d ‘Abra and its natural sandy beach, Prainha, are some of the region’s highlights. Escape to Caniçal and feel the peace of silence, the buzz of the arrival of the fish to the port, the pleasure of a fresh tuna meal and the beauty of its turquoise blue sea waters. It is a haven for those looking to get active outdoor and the perfect getaway either for two or a large family.
Be dazzled by the light of the sun at these magical places!