Holidays and hotels in Madeira. Your guide to finding the perfect accommodation. Booking directly as you can on the hotel websites here keeps the price down, as there is no 3rd party commission to pay. And with TAP and Low Cost airlines, such as EasyJet and Transavia, offering great deals, there is no reason not to visit the Pearl of the Atlantic, where it is always summer!
Madeira may not be a large island but it has some of the best hotels in Europe, most of which are located in the capital city, Funchal. The majority of people choose to stay in Funchal, as most things are within reach. But there are other options if, for example, you are an avid walker and prefer to stay in other municipalities or outside Funchal city centre. Madeira Quintas are old manor houses now converted into small 4 and 5 star hotels, many of which are overlooking Funchal bay.
Madeira has two sides, north and south, separated by a mountainous spine. In terms of weather, the south is warm and sunny whilst the north is a little cooler. The trade wind blows from north east, so the mountains shelter the south, which accounts for its pleasant climate, one of the reasons why most locals and tourists prefer this coast. The mountains which are surprisingly high, can be many degrees cooler than the coast — so walkers and golfers are advised to take suitable clothing. Golfers may be better served by staying near the coast as golf courses and their attendant hotels are high in the hills and can be colder. On our Madeira Map we show you the ’banana line’ in yellow, which corresponds to the best altitude range to cultivate bananas — up to 200 m above sea level is where you will find the warmest climate, especially during the winter.
In the North, West and East there are some hotels, but if you like a warm climate and want to be in the centre of things, then Funchal is the place to stay (see our Funchal Hotel Map). There is a wide range in terms of accommodation: 5, 4 and 3 star hotels, self-catering/holiday apartments, villas, serviced apartments, hostels and resorts.
There are options to suit all tastes!