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8-day tailor-made self-drive from £680 pp incl. flights

Free car hire on this itinerary

Summary

Short description

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

Highlights

  • 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 Quinta do Furão
  • 3 Nights Quinta Splendida
  • 2 Nights Quinta Estreito

Itinerary

Recommended for:
Beach | History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive | Spa

Famous for its friendly people, 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 – provide ample opportunity to enjoy the greenery. What's more, while there aren't any beaches per se, there are plenty of lidos and bathing platforms offering direct sea access to help you make the most of the island's sunny disposition.

Meanwhile, the capital Funchal boasts open-air markets, botanical gardens, palaces and cathedrals. Yet, to only see the city is to miss the spirit of the island at large. Hence, we've recommended this eight-day self-drive, staying at a combination of smaller hotels around the island. It can easily be combined with a stay in Funchal if you wish, perhaps at the elegant Reid's Palace hotel.

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 3-5
Quinta Splendida

Make your way to the far east of the island and Quinta Splendida, where rooms and suites are set in beautiful botanical gardens that host over 1,000 species of plants. It all spills down onto the shimmering Atlantic – a view best taken in from the freshwater pool or the sun terraces of the 19th-century manor house. Relax further with superlative dining and a range of excellent spa treatments. 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 indulgent seafood restaurants of coastal Caniçal are just 100m away.

Stay: Quinta Splendida (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 6-7
Quinta do Estreito

Head west past Funchal to the beautifully restored Quinta do Estreito. Set on a hillside, its olive groves, sun terrace and French gardens enjoy stunning views across tumbling vineyards and down to the coast. You'll end your holiday with yet more spa relaxation, fine dining indulgence and the chance to experience Madeiran life in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos – the hotel's charming village host. Once again, the historic levadas will lead you on winding walks into the surrounding greenery as the island's southern sun shines on. You also might want to play a round of golf or take to the waters with everything from sunset cruises to snorkelling and kayaking making the most of Madeira's pretty coastline.

Stay: Quinta do Estreito (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 8
Departure

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

Meals: B

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Pricing

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 £680 incl. flights

Superior / Deluxe

Low Season

from £680 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £1,005 pp. incl. flights

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from London*
  • 7 nights B&B accommodation in famous Madeiran Quinta accommodation
  • 8 days car hire

*other UK departures available – please enquire for details

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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