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Madeira, Portugal

Highlights of Madeira

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,405 pp incl. flights


Short description

Explore the beautiful landscapes of Madeira on this eight-day self-drive


  • Enjoy the freedom of the road and stays across Madeira to explore its pristine natural world of mountain-framed vineyards and aqueduct-lined walks
  • Stay in a collection of historic quinta properties – century-old country villas invariably cloaked in colourful botanic gardens
  • Make the most of the island's sun with its idyllic coastlines and plenty of time for some relaxation poolside

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Quinta do Furão
  • 3 Nights Quinta Splendida
  • 2 Nights Funchal


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Air bridge holidays | April holidays | Beach | December holidays | February holidays | History & culture | March holidays | Natural world | November holidays | October holidays | Self-drive | Spa

Famous for its welcoming locals, natural beauty and mild climate, Madeira is a perfect year-round destination, just three-and-a-half hours from London. The wonderful local flora means it's often referred to as the Atlantic's 'Floating Garden', with great forests carpeting cragged peaks and spilling down to wild coastlines and more than 600 miles of walking trails – many following the island's levadas or aqueducts. This self-drive takes in the best of it, combining countryside stays in characterful quintas with spectacular driving routes and two nights in the island's capital, Funchal.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2
Quinta do Furão

Depart for Funchal, collect your hire car and drive across the island to Quinta do Furão, a charming hotel on the clifftop near Santana. All rooms come with sea views and the hotel boasts a number of traditional quirky elements, including two wine presses, while Jacuzzi, pool and sauna soaks offer more contemporary relaxation. You'll also have time to explore; colourful thatched houses form pretty villages and sweeping vineyards dot green hills. It's all marked by levada aqueducts. Dating back to the 16th century, they make for spectacular walks among the region's bright verdure.

Stay: Quinta do Furão (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 3-5
Quinta Splendida

Make your way to the far east of the island and Quinta Splendida, where rooms and suites are set in beautiful botanical gardens that host over 1,000 species of plants. It all spills down onto the shimmering Atlantic – a view best taken in from the freshwater pool or the sun terraces of the 19th-century manor house. Relax further with superlative dining and a range of excellent spa treatments. Despite its secluded, green-fringed position, you'll also be within touching distance of Funchal. Here, 300-year-old manors remember the life of Madeiran aristocracy, art collections beautify bishop's palaces and narrow streets weave through historic fishermen's cottages and merchants' houses. Closer to base, the indulgent seafood restaurants of coastal Caniçal are just 100m away.

Stay: Quinta Splendida (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 6-7
The Cliff Bay Hotel

Head west Funchal to the beautiful Cliff Bay. Perched high upon a peninsula, this elegant hideaway enjoys enchanting views of the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel is cloaked in the greenery of perfectly manicured gardens. Peppered with swaying palms and fuchsia-coloured splashes of bougainvillea, the curving pathways take you by the cliff edge for uninterrupted vistas.

Stay: The Cliff Bay Hotel, Funchal (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 8

Drop your car back at Funchal's airport to make your flight home.

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,405 pp incl. flights

Superior / Deluxe

Low Season

from £1,405 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £1,630 pp. incl. flights

Validity: All year round

Low season based on September departures

High Season based on August departures


  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from London Gatwick
  • 7 nights B&B accommodation in a mixture of famous Madeiran Quinta and hotel accommodation
  • 8 days car hire based on a Group B car

*other UK departures available – please enquire for details

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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