Picture-perfect Madeira island road trip
- Round trip
- 7, 8, 9 or 10 nights
- per person
- price based on: 2 adults
Drive along the coast of Madeira from south to north on this island getaway - with flights, breakfast, and rental car plus optional half board
Discover Madeira idyllic beauty on a road trip that spans the island. It's little surprise that Madeira is known as the Garden of the Atlantic - with impressive volcanic landscapes lined with lush palm trees and colourful flowers, the island brims with vibrancy at every turn. Relax in sumptuous comfort along the way, with a five-star 19th century manor house in Funchal and a chic, seafront hotel in Porto Moniz.
Your escape starts in southern Madeira, in Funchal - a youthful and lively town packed with culture and historic sights. Head to the Old Town for a taste of authentic Madeiran cuisine, enjoy the street art down the Rua de Santa Maria, and explore the beautiful surrounding area with your rental car. Next, a scenic drive north takes you to Porto Moniz and São Vicente - where you'll find jaw-dropping natural beauty, with black sand beaches, rugged cliffs and waterfalls. You'll also have the choice of optional excursions along the way, where you can enjoy whale and dolphin watching excursions, panoramic mountain views and more, along with the choice of adding half board to your getaway.
7 or 9 nights in Madeira
Breakfast or half-board basis
Full-day Jeep safari included
Return flight from Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Glasgow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle, London Stansted to Funchal
Day 1 - 3: Southern Madeira: Funchal
Welcome to Madeira! Upon arrival at the airport, pick up your rental car and get on the road to Funchal. Once you've settled into your hotel, the vibrant capital city of the island awaits for your first introduction to life on Madeira. Visit the famous botanical gardens, the Jardim Botânico da Made…
Day 4 - 7: Northern Madeira - Porto Moniz & São Vicente
After enjoying the sights and sounds of the south, today you'll head to the northern part of the island. Get on the road and enjoy the 64-kilometre scenic journey - almost the entire length of Madeira! Pack a picnic and make a road trip out of it, exploring the spectacular nature of the island on t…
To make your stay even more memorable, you can choose from the following optional excursions to add during the booking process (these can be taken on any day except Day 2 of your escape):
Central Madeira excursion:
A trip into the centre of the island takes you down into the Valley of the Nuns; Curral das Freiras, overshadowed by beautiful mountains peaks. Before reaching the valley, you'll see panoramic views of the Bay of Funchal from the 355m high viewpoint of Picos dos Barcelos, while the famous 1100m viewpoint of Eira do Serrado gives you an incredible vantage over the landscape.
Half-day dolphin & whale watching excursion
A catamaran boat ride takes you out to sea where you'll look out for playful dolphins frolicking alongside you as they show off their somersaults. You might also get to see their larger and more elusive counterparts, the magnificent whale. When the weather is good, you'll also take a pause for a refreshing ocean swim at Cabo Girão - don't forget to pack your sunscreen, bathing suit, a towel and a waterproof jacket.
Half-day sunset trip excursion
Head out on a catamaran for a peaceful and picturesque experience of the Madeiran coastline, to take in the stunning colours of the sunset. You might also get to see dolphins and whales, and weather permitting, have a chance to stop over for a refreshing swim in the sea.
- Fuel, parking and toll fees
- Possible tourist tax (paid locally)
If you book this deal before 35 days of your departure, you can choose to pay in parts. The deposit will be 50% of the deal’s price plus the booking fee and travel and/or cancellation insurance (when applicable). You will find the payment amounts and deadlines to pay every installment at the last step of the booking process.
Your booking is a direct contract between you and Secret Escapes Limited for the provision of your package. Secret Escapes acts as a tour operator responsible, and is therefore liable for the proper execution of the agreement. The Secret Escapes Terms and Conditions (A) apply to this booking. The Secret Escapes Cancellation Terms and Conditions apply to this booking.
Please note that the flights included in this offer are subject to live availability and price, and can change during your booking process. When this is the case, we will always notify during the booking process.
Due to COVID-19, there may be additional entry requirements in effect at your destination which may change at short notice, including the need to show proof of having tested negative for, or having had a certified vaccination against, COVID-19. It is your responsibility to ensure you can satisfy these requirements before booking so please familiarise yourself with the latest requirements before booking via your government's foreign advice service at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
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The passport, visa and health requirements (including those related to COVID-19) at the time of booking can be viewed on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website. It is your responsibility to ensure that you and all members of your party are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents, and in compliance with any other immigration requirements, before you travel.
You will receive all rental car information along with your travel documents. An excess risk applies in the event of theft or damage. A credit card deposit is required upon arrival.
Max 2 people per room
The single supplement is based on travel dates and duration of travel. You will see the final price in the booking process.
This trip is not suitable for children.
Unfortunately, this trip is not wheelchair accessible.
Pets are not permitted on this trip due to international plane travel.
Parking facilities are available at all hotels.
You will drive to FNC airport for your return flight home from your hotel in the north of Madeira. The journey takes approximately 1 hour.
Please note that flights may be subject to change, delay or postponement by the provider and that flight times are provisional. Don't forget to check the actual flight times before departure on the website of the airline or the airport to avoid inconvenient surprises.
You will receive all documents relevant to your trip, 7 days prior to departure at the latest.
The national currency of Portugal is the euro (EUR).
The itinerary described above is for a 7 night stay in Madeira, including 3 nights in the south and 4 nights in the north of the island. For those opting for a 9-night trip to Madeira, you will stay 5 nights in the south and 4 nights in the north of the island.
The hotel is around 66 kilometres away from Madeira airport, located on the tip of the island, taking just over an hour in the car.
Madeira airport is roughly 20 kilometres away. We recommend driving south along the coast along the VR1, following signs for Funchal.