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Where to stay in Madeira

Find the best accommodation in Madeira - Comprehensive Guide

White house with traditional roof in Funchal Madeira

Madeira is one of the most beautiful island destinations in the world. A decent sized island with plenty to explore, you'll want to know where to stay in Madeira, so you can truly make the most out of your trip here. Madeira island has so many wonderful places to see and explore, and it's often nicknamed The Pearl of the Atlantic Ocean. And for good reason, as Madeira has a semi-tropical climate with lush gardens, volcanic cliffs and pebble beaches, making it the ideal destination for visitors who love raw natural beauty.

Madeira island is the perfect place for couples, hikers and nature enthusiasts, but also for foodie travellers and beach bums. You'll find so much good food in Madeira, so many incredible hikes by the famous Levada and the most picturesque fishing villages. Madeira island is an authentic place you'll want to experience. Now that you bought the tickets and are ready to pack your bags, let's help you find where to stay in Madeira.

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Where To Stay In Madeira

Madeira island is a volcanic, green and rugged paradise, perfect for a holiday right in the middle of the ocean. There are many great places to stay in Madeira, each of them offering you something unique, perfect for your travel and holiday style. Madeira island has a range of accommodation options including luxury hotels but also mid-range and budget options.

The best way to experience Madeira is to position yourself in one location and rent a car. Driving in Madeira is a lot of fun and will you give you more flexibility to see other attractions on the island. You can get around Madeira by using the public transport, but you might have difficulties reaching the most off the beaten path attractions. If you decide to stay in Madeira without a car, the best place for you is Funchal, the capital city.

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Madeira is a year round destinations, and you can visit it any month of the year. It's the island of eternal spring, making the island look so green, lush and wonderful.

The best part of Madeira to stay is the south of the island in either Funchal or Caniço because you'll find most hotel offers and easy access to the airport, attractions and restaurant. Continue reading about each important region to find where to stay in Madeira for your own taste and requirement.

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Funchal - stay here for a vibrant city in Madeira

Funchal is the main city on Madeira island, and one you're going to love. Packed with restaurants, good vibes and great attractions, Funchal is a colourful and joyful city nestled in the south of the island.

You'll want to stay in Funchal to have quick access to the old town, a true maze of narrow streets full of street art, cool bars and epic restaurants focused on serving the freshest, local food.

There are plenty of things to do in Funchal, and you'll love your stay here. Take the cable car from Funchal to Monte and head to Monte Palace Tropical Garden, offering the most stunning views of the city and the ocean. Marvel at the exotic trees, flowers and ponds and admire the tropical shrubs from around the world. Walk through the Asian garden with pagodas, traditional wooden bridges and a koi pond.

For hydrangea lovers, visit the beautiful Botanical gardens also located on Monte. It's the perfect place to admire some amazing sea views from atop. Walk back to Funchal or take a fun and adventurous toboggan ride in a wicker sled.

Back in Funchal, head to a traditional Madeiran restaurant to try the local ginjinhas, a strong cherry liqueur served in an edible chocolate cup, followed by a slice of honey cake.

Funchal is great for the busy city vibe and full of local shops and local restaurants, the ideal location to explore the entire island from.

While Funchal offers breathtaking views of the ocean and has an incredible range of hotels to cater for all budgets, it lacks some raw beauty many hikers might come to Madeira for. There are plenty of walking opportunities straight from the city centre, and even a hike to the Madeira botanical garden requires a fair effort. Funchal is the perfect place to stay in Madeira for the all-rounder traveller who wants to enjoy the local life in the city and is happy to rent a car to take day trips to the most popular hiking trails.

Luxury: Hotel Quinta Jardins do Lago

Located in the hills surrounding Funchal, this 18th-century mansion is set in extensive botanical gardens with 600 different plant species. All rooms have a private balcony overlooking the gardens. Enjoy the outdoor swimming pool in this luxury hotel and enjoy the spacious rooms and your private bathroom. There's an onsite restaurant available as well. Prices for the double rooms start from £150 per person.
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Luxury: Hotel Savoy Palace - The Leading Hotels of the World - Savoy Signature

Savoy Palace - is the best luxury hotel located near the old town in Funchal. The hotel features an infinity pool, a fitness centre and evening entertainment and a 24-hour front desk. The luxurious rooms start from £155 per night and have breakfast included.
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Mid-range: Holiday home House near CR7 Museum

A lovely house in Funchal ideal for families looking to rent a whole house and benefit from 3 bedrooms and a kitchen. This holiday home features an inflatable outdoor pool, a garden, sun and free private parking. Prices start from £56 per night for the whole property.
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Beyond Madeira Cake Funchal Streets Hills Gardens

Caniço - best base in Madeira

Caniço is an ideal base in Madeira. Just 10 minutes drive from the capital Funchal but with quicker access to the main motorway, Caniço is the ideal option for visitors who want luxury hotels for affordable prices.

Caniço is a coastal, charming town. Head to the Quinta Splendida Botanical Garden, home to hundreds of different plant species. For a magnificent vista points, visit the Cristo Rei viewpoint.

Descent to the high volcanic cliffs to the cliff bay thanks to the Garajau Cable Car or take your own car to Plaza Cristo Rej on the steep winding path that barely fits one car.

Caniço has its own diving centre that will take you to the clear waters of the Garajau Parcial Nature Reserve.

There are several hotels and guest houses in Caniço, ideal for your stay in Madeira. Located on the southwest coast, Caniço has rapid access to the airport, and to the main hiking trails located in the north of the island. Caniço is a great location for visitors who want to save on accommodation and don't mind relying on their rental.

Mid-range: Hotel Four Views Oasis

This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Rooms at the Four Views Oasis have modern wood furnishings and a seating area with cable TV. They come equipped with tea-and-coffee making facilities and a minibar. Some rooms boast panoramic sea views. Prices start from £93 per night.
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Apartment: Infinito Azul

Set in Caniço, 500 feet from Cristo Rei Beach and 1.6 miles from Reis Magos Beach, Infinito Azul offers great self-catering accommodation. You'll have access to the whole apartment. There's a spacious terrace with lovely views of the ocean.
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Apartment: Reis Magos View

Offering sea views, Reis Magos View is a beachfront property with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a dining area, and a fully equipped kitchen. It can host up to 5 people and the price per night starts from £108.
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Santana

If you're wondering where to stay in Madeira for the best hiking trails, then Santana is your place. Santana is located on the west coast of Madeira.

Start your trip at the Casa da Cultura de Santana then head to the Casas típicas de Santana, a cultural site with traditional thatched-roof A-frame houses turned into shops. This is the best place for souvenirs too.

From Santana you'll find plenty of trails, including the Levada da Silveira that'll take you straight to the Parque Florestal das Queimadas.

Continue on the PR9 Levada do Caldeirão Verde, a stunning place with hidden waterfalls and lush greenery all around you. Caldeirão Verde is a nature reserve that offers a variety of trails ranging from easy to longer and more arduous.

From Santana, head to Ilha and start the hike to Vereda da Ilha or to the mighty Pico Ruivo. Pico Ruivo is accessible by foot only and is Madeira Island's highest mountain that offers sweeping coastal views.

Santana's downfall is that it doesn't have a vibrant centre full of restaurants and that vibrant Madeiran life for an evening with local food and drinks. Santana is a great place to stay for a quiet time on the island, with fewer amenities around. Stay here for the trails but we'll also recommend that you have a rental car to your disposal just so you can access other parts of the island as well.

Luxury: Hotel Quinta Do Furao

Hotel Quinta Do Furao features stunning views of the north-east coast of the Island of Madeira and the surrounding mountains. This 4-star hotel has an outdoor pool and offers free private parking. Prices start from £73 per night.
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B&B: Santana in Nature

With Santana's traditional houses reachable in 3.1 km, Santana in Nature Bed & Breakfast offers accommodation, a restaurant, and a shared lounge. You'll have access to an outdoor pool, sun terrace as well as a hot tub overlooking the ocean.
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Lodge: Casa do Ribeiro Frio

With mountain views, Casa do Ribeiro Frio is set in Santana and has a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, bar, garden, barbecue and sun terrace. Both WiFi and private parking are available at the lodge free of charge. Prices start from £40 per night.
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Pico Ruivo Madeira Cliffs Top

Porto Moniz

Porto Moniz is an exceptional place in Madeira, known for its natural swimming pools formed by volcanic rocks. Piscinas Naturais Velhas are volcanic rock pools ideal for swimming, open year round.

Porto Moniz is located on the northwest coast and it takes just one hour to reach from Funchal. A well-known point of attraction near Porto Moniz is the Miradouro da Santinha, a fantastic scenic point where you'll definitely need your camera. The path to Miradouro da Santinha is a winding road up the hill lined with eucalyptus trees and hydrangea blooms.

Porto Moniz is a resort town, which attracts tourists primarily for its natural swimming pools. However, for those who wish to spend a little longer staying here, there's plenty more to see and do.

Visit the caves of São Vicente, the Aquario da Madeira, the small town of Seixal with its Praia da Laje and Seixal Natural Pools.

For walking enthusiasts, Porto Moniz is a fantstic place to stay. Take the popular Ribeira da Janela trail, an over 12 km walk that will challenge you at times with steep chasm and sheer drops.

Take the Levada dos Cedros, Levada dos muinhos or the Levada do Moinhos all of which are just a short driving distance from Porto Moniz. For scenic vistas, take the Miradouro do Teleférico das Achadas da Cruz.

Porto Moniz is a good place to stay in Madeira for a couple of nights for quicker access to hikes and the natural swimming pools. Close to your accommodation you'll find several family-friendly restaurants, some overlooking the ocean, ideal for dinner with a nice sunset.

Luxury: Hotel Aqua Natura Bay

The seafront 4-star hotel Aqua Natura Bay in Madeira features an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a Turkish bath, a sauna and a hot tub. A gym is also available, as well as an on-site diving centre. Prices start from £68 per night.
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Luxury: Hotel Aqua Natura Madeira

The 4-star Aqua Natura Madeira offers elegant rooms with Atlantic Ocean views in the fishing village of Porto Moniz. You'll be close to the natural swimming pools or get to enjoy the sauna on site at the hotel. Prices from £75 per night.
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Apartment: Casa da Grota

A two bedroom house that can host up to 6 people. The holiday home has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a patio with garden views. Prices start from £56 per night.
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Madeira Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools

Calheta

For visitors who enjoy a mixture of beautiful sandy beaches with resort life, then Calheta is the place to stay in Madeira. Calheta means small cove, and it's the perfect location in Madeira for those long lazy days in the sunshine.

On Calheta you'll find all-inclusive resorts and many accommodation options to pick from. There are numerous restaurants nearby too, making it ideal for a comfortable holiday mixed with some day trips on the hiking trails or to other nearby towns.

You'll want to start by visiting the Praia da Calheta, then head to the Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Madeira (Mudas), to find Portuguese contemporary art in a stunning modern building with sea views.

There are three nearby Levada trails you can access within an hour walk or just 10 minutes drive from Calheta. They include the Levada Calheta-Prazeres, Caminho Lombo da Atouguia and Levada da Rocha Vermelha.

A stunning destination near Calheta is the Jardim Do Mar, known for its amazing sea views you'll want to photograph. Nature lovers should visit Rabaçal and its observation deck and hunt for the many waterfalls surrounded by lush vegetation.

Calheta is a popular destination for beach lovers, and you'll be able to find the perfect beachfront hotel here. To access the rest of the island, you'll want to rent a car, but it's great knowing that you're not longer than 10 minutes drive from the nearest Levada hike. Funchal is only 40 minutes drive away.

Luxury: Resort Saccharum

A luxurious 5-star design hotel sitting on Calheta Beach, between Madeira Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, Saccharum features a rooftop infinity pool and conference rooms. Each room has the design of a local artist, based on the theme of the sugar cane. Prices from £94 per night.
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Luxury: Hotel Calheta Beach - All-inclusive - Savoy Signature

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this all inclusive hotel is situated on the sandy Calheta Beach. It features indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and a gym. Each room has a private balcony. All rooms and apartments offer mountain or sea views. Prices from £110 per night.
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Apartment: Madeira Inn Casa da Paz

The holiday home features 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a patio with garden views. This one-bedroom flat can host a couple and prices start from £45 per night.
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Ponta do Sol

Ponta do sol is located in the south coast of Madeira island and as its name suggests, it's the "tip of the sun". This is the place to stay in Madeira if you love sunshine and nature. Ponta do sol gets more sunshine than any other location in Madeira, so naturally, you'll want to stay here if you're after long days on the beach.

Sunny Ponta do Sol features a pebble beach, but many hotels here will offer indoor and outdoor pools. While you might not have the tropical golden sand beach, you'll be able to enjoy your time on a lounger on a pebble beach fringed by palm trees.

When you get tired of the sun, seek shade in Madeira's highest plateau, Paul do Serra, which reaches 1630 m and offers spectacular views. There are plenty of walking trails here, including the Trail start to Caminho do Pinaculo e Folhadal, Levada da Serra d'Agua, Chao dos Louros Hiking Trail and Caminho do Pinaculo e Folhadal.

Along the way stop at the many scenic points too including the Miradouro da Bica da Cana, Miradouro do Espigão, Nova and Moinho Waterfall.

You'll find plenty of accommodation option including luxury hotels and self-catering accommodations as well.

Luxury: Hotel 1905 Zino's Palace

1905 Zino's Palace features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar and garden in Ponta do Sol. Free private parking is available, and the hotel also provides car hire for guests who want to explore the surrounding area. Prices start from £86 per night.
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Luxury: Hotel Enotel Sunset Bay

Located in the picturesque village of Ponta do Sol, Enotel Sunset Bay overlooks the Atlantic Ocean just opposite a pebble beach with ocean-side jogging path. It features a heated pool with children area. Prices start from £54 per night.
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House: Holiday Top view

This home comes with a flat-screen TV, a seating area, a kitchen with a microwave and a bathroom with a shower. Hiking can be enjoyed nearby. Funchal is 13 miles from the home, while São Vicente is 7.5 miles away. This two bedroom house can host up to four people and prices start from £29 per night.
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Fishing Village in Madeira

Câmara De Lobos

Câmara De Lobos is believed to be the original landing point for the Portuguese João Gonçalves Zarco, who is credited with the discovery of the Madeira Islands.

Câmara De Lobos is the second-largest settlement by population in Madeira, just east of Funchal and west from Ribeira Brava. Much like Caniço, you'll want to stay in Câmara De Lobos if you wish to get cheaper accommodation and don't mind relying on your car to access the best points of attraction.

Visit the Cape Girão, an elevated waterfront viewing platform with a glass skywalk. This is an important point of attraction which gets many visitors every day. Nature enthusiasts should add the Levada do Norte to the trail itinerary.

Right next door, find Quinta Grande, and visit the Fajã dos Padres, a quaint Madeiran location known for its adventure, gastronomy and beach. The sunsets are set to be incredible here.

Don't be surprised to find banana plantations, local mango and other tropical fruit grown here, together with delicious Madeiran wine.

For another stunning vista point, drive to Miradouro da Boca dos Namorados, an observation deck with sweeping views, right in the heart of the mountains.

Luxury: Hotel Pestana Churchill Bay

Guests can enjoy panoramic views of the Câmara de Lobos bay from the outdoor swimming pool. This 4-star hotel offers spacious rooms equipped with air conditioning and you'll be able to enjoy a rooftop terrace. Prices start from £104 per night.
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Apartment: Villas Quinta da Lapa by AnaLodges

Boasting an outdoor pool, Villas Quinta da Lapa by AnaLodges in Câmara de Lobos features accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking for guests who drive. The apartment starts from £46 per night.
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Mid-range: Helen´s House

The apartment is equipped with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a balcony with garden views. The two bed apartment can host up to four people and prices start from £76 per night.
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Madeira Caldeiro Verde Levada Trail

Sao Vicente

Sao Vicente is located on the north coast of Madeira famed for its many lava caves. Yet again, this is a fantastic place to stay in Madeira if you're interested in its lush greenery and want a quieter location than the capital city.

Visit the Indigenous Garden, a superb garden with many exotic plants. There is no entry fee to visit these gardens, and it's located right in the city center next to the Kostel Sv. Vincenta church.

For hiking options, take the Miradouro dos Cardais de Cima, a beautiful short trail that will releveal gorgrous tips of the mountains.

Nearby you have two incredible scenic points: Ribeira do Inferno and Cascata Água d'Alto. Ribeira do Inferno offers a quiet place with beautiful views, away from the crowds. It will feel as if you've discovered the Jurassic of Madeira. Raw, untouched and simply stunning. Cascata Água d'Alto is a waterfall which makes for a quick spot for a great photo.

From Sao Vicente, you cannot miss a trip to Ponta Delgada. Also located on the north coast of the island, it is known for its Miradouro Ponta Delgada, a scenic point from where you'll see red rooftops at the base of the Madeiran lush cliffs, with vistas extending over the cliff bay, towards the ocean.

Luxury: Guest house Solar da Bica

Solar da Bica is a cosy and tranquil retreat located close to the São Vicente Caves. This comfortable guest house faces the mountains and has green natural surroundings. There is an indoor swimming pool and a sauna and breakfast is included. Prices from £84 per night.
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Luxury: Holiday home Luxury Villas

Luxury Villas offers beachfront accommodation with a garden, water sports facilities, barbecue facilities and free WiFi. The holiday home is fitted with 3 bedrooms. Prices for the whole holiday home starts from £56 per night.
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Mid-range: Guest house Casa Da Piedade

Situated in a restored 18th-century home, Casa Da Piedade offers a lounge with fireplace, outdoor garden with barbecue and brightly decorated rooms. There's a beautiful outdoor pool surrounded by palm trees. Prices start from £50 per night.
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Ponta Do Pargo

One of the best places to stay in Madeira is definitely Ponta do Pargo. It's perhaps the point on the island with the most dramatic views and nature trails. Being so raw and unspoilt, also means less accommodation options in the area.

Booking accommodation in advance here is a must, but well worth it. Less developed than other parts, Ponta Do Pargo attracts tourists for its Farol da Ponta do Pargo, a historical landmark perched on top of the most dramatic cliff you could possibly imagine on the whole island. It's one of the most incredible views of Madeira's untouched coastline.

See the Miradouro da Garganta Funda and hike on the Levada do Cabo. Driving in this area will take you on winding, narrow roads, lined with trees and hydrangeas.

Ponta Do Pargo is located on the west coast and while it may not be as vibrant as other locations, you'll have quick access to both the south coast and the north coast. From here you can reach Funchal within an hour.

Stay in Ponta Do Pargo is you want Madeira's raw beauty and expect dramatic views, dramatic trails and quiet evenings.

Cottage: Chalets Madeira Sunset

Madeira Sunset Cottage - Nature Retreat offers chalet accommodation with and outdoor swimming pool, a green garden, an organic orchard and barbecue facilities. Your Nordic cottage starts from £74 per night.
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Studio: Herdade do Pedregal

Herdade do Pedregal is located in Ponta do Pargo in the western coast of the Madeira Island. Offering panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, these studios are set in a quiet area, providing peace and tranquillity. Prices from just £27 per night.
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Suite: Homestay Jasmine

Jasmine Guest Suite has a terrace and sea views. This homestay provides a satellite flat-screen TV, a washing machine and a kitchenette with a fridge and oven. Prices start from £51 per night.
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Machico

Located on the East Coast, Machico is the third most populous area on Madeira. Close to the capital city and to the airport, Machico is a brilliant place to stay in Madeira for visitors who want to experience a bit of everything.

There are plenty of accommodation options and hotels scatted all around Machico, as well as great restaurants and bars for an evening out with your friends and family.

There are many walking trails here as well, including the Levada dos Maroços and Vereda do Larano. Visit the Parque Ribeira Primeira a unique place to catch your own fish and get it prepared.

Miradouro da Portela is a quiet and peaceful scenic point with views across the valley down all the way to the ocean. Miradouro do Cabo de Larano is a scenic route that combines lovely coastal scenery as well as views of the lush green cliffs. It's an easy-medium trail along the coast with beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean.

For beach lovers, head over to the Praia de Machico to relax on the sandy beach. Prainha do Caniçal is the more unusual with its natural black sand beach. Want more natural beach beauty? Check out the black sand at Sao Roque Beach.

Mid-range: Hotel White Waters Hotel

White Waters is a modern family-run hotel located in Machico’s Main Square, just 650 feet from the beach. Guests will enjoy breakfast in its tranquil tea garden and rooms with ocean-facing balconies. Rooms from just £38 per night.
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For groups: Apartment V.I.P. Baia

This beachfront property offers access to a terrace, free private parking and free WiFi. The apartment is fitted with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. Prices from £128 per night.
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John
14 Dec 2019

Nice article! I just drove down to that beach today and was thinking good thing it was the end of the day so met no oncoming cars. But there is another way down, a cable car ride (teleferico) for 3€ round trip. Will use that next time.

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Wayne Jenkins
27 Dec 2018

Dear Cory & G,

I love your beautiful and informative website! Thank you so much for sharing your travels.

I have a specific request which you may be able to address or perhaps not. My wife and I have a small organic farm east of Homer Alaska which we manage from March to October each year. We are interested in staying on Madeira for several months in the winter, say between November to February and wonder if you might input to the following questions.
1) Is there a winter season on the island when the lodging expenses would be lower?
2) Do you know if there are any agricultural work-trade opportunities; say helping out on a farm or vineyard?
3)What is the maximum allowed period a visitor can stay on the island.
4) We would like to correspond with someone from the US that lives there. Would you know how to contact someone like that?

Thanks you so much and happy travels! Wayne

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Cory
30 Dec 2018

Hi Wayne,

Thank you for your message and kind words.

1. There is no winter season per se. The average temperatures are around 20 degrees year round. However, summers are a little warmer and busier. So winter time is def cheaper for lodging.

2. I'm afraid I have no idea. I know there aren't many employment opportunities besides tourism from what I heard from a local but that was several years ago. It may be different in agricultural work-travel but I wouldn't want to speculate.

3. This depends on your passport. I assume you are US passport holders (as you are from Alaska). You are allowed 90 days in Madeira, then you need to get a visa I shall assume. For more info you should check passports and visas for Portugal.

4. We only ever visited for 2 weeks in Madeira. We only met 2 locals who showed us around the island but never met any expats.

We hope you find Madeira beautiful and you manage to move there without an issue. It's a beautiful island. Sorry we couldn't be of more help on this occasion.