Hotels in Madeira

Forested mountains, beautiful beaches, and lively cities make Madeira a great destination for those who want a little bit of everything from their holiday. The island has a great year round climate, with temperatures rarely falling below 20°C or rising above 27°C. Whether you’re looking for winter sun or a summer holiday with a difference, Madeira has plenty to offer.

There’s a wide variety of accommodation in Madeira, from luxurious cliff top resort hotels to quaint guesthouses in the countryside. You’re sure to have a great time wherever you stay, but the following destinations provide some of the best places to base yourself in Madeira.


The capital of the island and home to Madeira’s airport, Funchal is known as being one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal. The compact city centre is perfect for discovering on foot, with iconic buildings like the Sé Cathedral, Santa Clara Convent, and São Lourenço Palace all within walking distance of each other. Wander around the market, where you can pick up local mangos and passion fruit, or simply enjoy the sunshine in one of Funchal’s many parks and gardens.

São Martinho

Located just to the west of Funchal city centre, São Martinho has plenty of hotels due to its microclimate and proximity to the sea. You can go for a swim at the lido, Praia Formosa, or the Poças do Governador beach. Afterwards, indulge in a spot of shopping at the island’s largest shopping mall. There’s also an excellent viewing point, the Miradouro do Pico dos Barcelos. Set more than a thousand feet above sea level, the view takes the whole city as well as the sea and mountains.


One of the top tourist destinations on the island, Caniço de Baixo boasts plenty of hotels and attractions. There are plenty of high quality restaurants around the marina, serving up seafood and other local delicacies. It’s one of the most beautiful regions in Madeira, featuring Portugal’s only sea reserve: the Natural Reserve of Garajau. The clear waters are ideal for diving and other water sports, and there are plenty of boats offering whale and dolphin watching.

Santo da Serra

This tiny village in the mountains has become popular for one main reason: golf. The championship golf course boasts 27 holes, 18 of which were designed by Robert Trent Jones. Set high in the hills, the course is one of the most beautiful in the world, with views down to the clear blue Atlantic Ocean. You can get back to nature in the Parque do Santo Da Serra, or enjoy local cuisine in the quaint town square.   


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