Holidays to Madeira
The Portuguese Island of Madeira, is known as the ‘The Island of Eternal Spring’, because of its mild climate; the temperatures rarely fall below 17’C or rise above 24’C giving it a pleasant year-round weather and an abundance of lush vegetation. The capital, Funchal, is a thriving seaside town which offers plenty of amenities and services for the holidaymaker. Leave the city for the countryside and you’ll get to know all the magnificence of the dramatic and unspoilt Madeiran landscape.
The island is a perfect destination for families, couples or indeed, any holidaymaker looking for quality hotel accommodation at affordable prices. Madeira will win you over with the friendliness of its people, its unique atmosphere and the year round pleasant weather, ideal for practising outdoor activities or simply for relaxing by the hotel’s swimming pools.
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Population: approx. 250.000
Time zone: GMT (same as Ireland)
Some of the attractions are the Madeira Theme Park, the Santa Cruz Aqua Park or the Madeira Story Centre. In addition to the hotel’s children facilities, kids can enjoy the outdoors in the numerous parks and gardens’ playgrounds..
Eating & Drinking
There are restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets and in general, eating out is very good value for money. Fish dishes are a definite favourite. Meat lovers will find a big variety of dishes, such as the ‘spitada’ (meat on a skewer). Sweets like the traditional ‘Madeira Cake’ or the ‘Bolo de Mel’ (honey cake) are deservedly popular.
Famous from the Island is the exquisite Madeira wine, however there are another local drinks unique to the island like ‘Nikita’ (beer, vanilla ice and pineapple; usually consumed by woman) or ‘Poncha’ (very boozy with a bitter lemon taste; usually consumed by men).
Entertainment is a low key affair in Madeira although there are some good clubs and bars to suit all age groups. Many hotels offer live entertainment including folklore evenings.
There are a wide variety of shops and boutiques in Funchal. Typical souvenirs include wickerwork, embroidery and the famous Madeira wine.
Package holidays with weekly Thursday flights from the 11th of May to the 12th of October. Golfing holidays also available. Departures from Dublin.
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