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Madeira, Portugal

Highlights of Madeira

8-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,260 pp incl. flights


Short description

Explore the beautiful landscapes of Madeira on this eight-day self-drive


  • Enjoy the freedom of the road and stays across Madeira to explore its pristine natural world of mountain-framed vineyards and aqueduct-lined walks
  • Stay in a collection of historic quinta properties – century-old country villas invariably cloaked in colourful botanic gardens
  • Make the most of the island's sun with its idyllic coastlines and plenty of time for some relaxation poolside

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Santana
  • 2 Nights Calheta
  • 3 Nights Funchal


Recommended for:
Air bridge holidays | April holidays | Beach | December holidays | February holidays | History & culture | March holidays | Natural world | November holidays | October holidays | Self-drive | Spa

Famous for its welcoming locals, natural beauty and mild climate, Madeira is a perfect year-round destination, just three-and-a-half hours from London. The wonderful local flora means it's often referred to as the Atlantic's 'Floating Garden', with great forests carpeting cragged peaks and spilling down to wild coastlines and more than 600 miles of walking trails – many following the island's levadas or aqueducts. This self-drive takes in the best of it, combining countryside stays in characterful quintas with spectacular driving routes and two nights in the island's capital, Funchal.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2
Quinta do Furão

Depart for Funchal, collect your hire car and drive across the island to Quinta do Furão, a charming hotel on the clifftop near Santana. All rooms come with sea views and the hotel boasts a number of traditional quirky elements, including two wine presses, while Jacuzzi, pool and sauna soaks offer more contemporary relaxation. You'll also have time to explore; colourful thatched houses form pretty villages and sweeping vineyards dot green hills. It's all marked by levada aqueducts. Dating back to the 16th century, they make for spectacular walks among the region's bright verdure.

Stay: Quinta do Furão (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 3-4
Quinta das Vinhas

Make your way to the sunny south of the island and Quinta das Vinhas, where you'll be situated right in the middle of an organic vineyard with delightful sea views. It all spills down onto the shimmering Atlantic – a view best taken in from the swimming pool or the sun terraces of the 17th-century manor house. Relax further with superlative dining at the restaurant and wine bar, where the terrace overlooks the vineyards to the sea. Despite its secluded, green-fringed position, you'll also be within touching distance of Funchal. Here, 300-year-old manors remember the life of Madeiran aristocracy, art collections beautify bishop's palaces and narrow streets weave through historic fishermen's cottages and merchants' houses. Closer to base, the village of Calheta is just a 5 minute drive away.

Stay: Quinta das Vinhas (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 5-7
Quintinha São João

Head east towards Funchal and the beautiful Quintinha de São João. Perched high just outside Funchal's historical centre, this elegant hideaway enjoys enchanting views of the city below. The hotel is cloaked in the greenery of perfectly manicured gardens. After a busy day exploring the boulevards and pretty squares of the capital, the hotel's outdoor freshwater swimming pool invites you to take a dip, whilst the "Spa da Quintinha" offers the perfect disconnect with re-energising treatments.

Stay: Quintinha de São João, Madeira (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 8

Drop your car back at Funchal's airport to make your flight home.

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

8-day tailor-made self-drive
from £1,260 pp incl. flights


01 Jan - 30 Apr 2024

from £1,260 pp. incl. flights

01 May - 31 Oct 2024

from £1,485 pp. incl. flights

Validity: All year round


  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from London Gatwick
  • 7 nights BB accommodation in a mixture of famous Madeiran Quinta accommodation
  • 8 days car hire based on a Economy car

*other UK departures available – please enquire for details

Upgrade to HB available on request - please ask you Wexas consultant for assistance

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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