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Madeira Hotels / Madeira Self-Catering/Vacation
tourist islands of Madeira by Ilidio Lopes
Madeira is an archipelago
of Portugal in the northeast Atlantic Ocean and it offers one of the most
beautiful landscapes of the country. As well as Azores, the archipelago
is an autonomous region, with his own administration located in Funchal.
The Funchal Municipality
has an area of 71,1 km2 and it includes 10 civil parishes: Imaculado Coração
de Maria, Monte, Santo António, São Gonçalo, Santa
Luzia, São Martinho, Santa Maria Maior, São Pedro, São
The archipelago is formed
by two inhabited islands (Madeira and Porto Santo), and by two groups of
small uninhabited islands (Desertas and Selvagens). It has 10 municipalities:
Calheta, Câmara de Lobos, Funchal, Machico, Ponta do Sol, Porto Moniz,
Porto Santo, Ribeira Brava, Santana, Santa Cruz and São Vicente.
|The islands are volcanic.
The highest peaks of the region are, in Madeira Island, the Pico Ruivo
da Santana (1861 m), and in Porto Santo, the Pico do Facho (517m). Due
to their volcanic origin all the islands have deep ravines and rugged mountains.
In the Madeira Island the beaches has no sand. The narrow coastlines are
made by a black rugged material.
The growing rate of the population
is high, and the socio-economic structure of the archipelago doesn't allow
the use of all the workmanship of the region. For this reason there's a
lot of migration to the mainland and foreign countries. In the same way
the rural population, seeking for better socio-economic conditions, leave
the countryside and go to Funchal.
Despite the irregular terrain,
part of the soil is cultivated at the coast of enormous effort of the population.
The cultivated area is about 30% of the surface of the main island (Madeira).
This was achieved with the construction of terraces and irrigation channels.
From the remaining surface 40% is covered with vegetation.
The most important products
from the agricultural production, in the economy of Madeira are sugar cane,
banana productions, cereals and wine. The wine is known all over the world.
The cattle creation is an important part of the economy of the small farmers.
The fishing is another activity that can be found in different locations
across the coastline.
|For the tourists visiting
Madeira, you can find there magnificent scenery of beauty. There are big
mountains, green and flowery valleys, the sight of the sea and the cliffs
along the coastline, the white sand beaches in Porto Santo. The tourism
is one of the main economic activity of the islands.
The archipelago has a pleasant
climate all year round, the air temperature rarely falling below 16°C
in winter or rising above 22°C in summer. Due to the influence of the
Gulf Stream the water temperature varies between 17° and 21°C.
The prevailing winds are north-easterly and all the ports and anchorages
are sheltered from this direction. Only the more variable winds of winter
can cause problems, otherwise it can be visited all year round.
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for more Hotels in Caniço
CANICO HOTELS, PORTUGAL
the full list of Hotels in Caniço
Bay Club Apartments, Madeira
small and friendly apart hotel comprising 10 spacious apartments, including
an exterior swimming pool surrounded by a magnificent colourful garden.
From all of the apartment’s one can enjoy the spectacular view overlooking
the sea. Combined with the heritage of the warm Portuguese hospitality
the “Caniço Bay Club" proudly offers a high level standard of service
in an ambience where comfort is the main concern. Within walking distance
from the hotel one can find a very convenient commercial area with restaurants,
bars, mini market, hairdresser, rent-a-car, etc. Every apartment is decorated
with a high level of standard where comfort and extremely good taste are
present in every detail ensuring that each guest enjoys a rewarding and
Pedro Garajau Hotel Caniço
Dom Pedro Garajau Hotel is in a perfect setting half way between Funchal
and Caniço, enjoying the mild climate of the South coast of Madeira.
Located in a quiet area, the hotel has a total of 282 units with excellent
leisure, entertainment and relaxation facilities. To enjoy your holiday
at its fullest the hotel offers a daily entertainment programme and the
facilities include an indoor heated pool, an outdoor pool, a Mini Club,
etc. Everything to make sure you will make the most out of your time in
Madeira! Dom Pedro Hotel’s main restaurant has a pleasant, relaxing and
welcoming environment. The restaurant opens to a lovely dining terrace
by the sub-tropical gardens of the hotel and wonderful views to the Desertas
Rocamar is located on the sunny south coast of Madeira island perched on
a cliff right on the Ocean Front in the fascinating and natural village
of Caniço de Baixo. The breathtaking views over the Atlantic contribute
to the charm of this wonderful 4 star Madeira hotel. From the Hotel Rocamar
it takes only a few minutes to walk to the the Reis Magos beach or even
the village of Caniço. Have your meals at our Restaurant and delight
yourself with the flavours we have to offer you. You can choose accordingly
to your preferences between regional and international cuisine. Take with
you the perfumed and exotic island flavours and get to know this wonderful
Island Gastronomy. The ATALAIA DIVING CENTER is situated adjacent to the
underwater natural park of Madeira, directly at the sea front, in the “Lido-Area”
of the Hotel Royal Orchid in Caniço de Baixo.
for more hotels in Funchal
FUNCHAL HOTELS, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL
the full list of hotels in Funchal
Aparthotel Imperatriz is a small family-run establishment conveniently
situated in the most upmarket district of Funchal, adjacent to the famous
Madeira Casino and close to some of the city’s finest restaurants and bars.
The hotel has 27 comfortable studios, each with private bathroom, balcony,
kitchenette, mini-bar, cable TV, direct-dial telephone and a safe-deposit
box. Facilities include a snack bar, restaurant, games room, business centre,
small library, winter garden, freshwater swimming pool with a sun terrace
affording breathtaking views over the ocean, private garage, 24-hour reception
and a rent-a-car service.
Alto Lido Funchal
Alto Lido is located in the main hotel area of Funchal, near the Lido pools
and the Panoramic Garden with a superb view over the Atlantic Ocean. It´s
distance from the center of Funchal is around 2km. The Hotel includes a
regular transport service. Situated in a hotel area, in a very calm
surrounding, this hotel offers its clients a range of leisure facilities
complimented by high-personalized service. This hotel offers 311 rooms
and apartments equipped with necessary modern amenities. You can
dine at the Restaurant Baia Azul and the Cafe Lido while can also relax
in the Lobby Bar with a drink. As a part of the facilities, the hotel offers
a TV room, conference room, Internet access as well as sports facilities
like a health club, sauna, Jacuzzi and a fitness centre.
Hills Resort and Spa Funchal
Located at the top of a
hill immediately after the Botanical Garden, Choupana Hills Resort &
Spa is a haven of luxury in a natural environment. It is home to more than
200 different species of flora, spread over 17 hectares of land. Transfer
time from the centre of Funchal is 15 minutes by car and the international
airport is located about 30 minutes away. Choupana Hills is the ideal place
to experience a combination of luxury and unique tranquillity and relaxation.
Scattered in bungalows built on wooden pillars, the 62 rooms and suites
are furnished in an Asian-inspired, contemporary design, featuring warm
and relaxing colours. All rooms and suites offer private balconies, inviting
clients to enjoy the year-round mild, subtropical climate prevailing on
the island of Madeira.
Bay Resort Hotel Funchal
The Atlantic Ocean stretches
as far as the eye can see at the foot of The Cliff Bay which is perched
on the top of a natural promontory. The hotel is surrounded by gardens
with innumerable secluded corners and centenary palm trees extending to
the very edge of the cliff face. The panorama is completed by a magnificent
view over the bay of Funchal to the east of the hotel. In this 5 star hotel
of the Porto Bay Hotels & Resorts Group every single little detail
has been carefully conceived to ensure genuine peace, well-being and elegance.
The most influential restaurant guide in the world, the Michelin Guide,
has awarded a star to Il Gallo d'Oro, The Cliff Bay's gourmet restaurant
run by Chef Benoît Sinthon.
Florasol Hotel Funchal
Hotel Dorisol Florasol is a central 3-star hotel located in the famous
Lido area in Funchal, on the South coast of Madeira. The walk to the famous
Lido area with its many swimming pools and sea access is a short
step away from the hotel entrance at just about 200 metres. The courteous
service and the pleasant atmosphere at the Florasol, together with its
excellent location make this a great option for your holiday. The
Hotel Dorisol Florasol offers a large ocean-view solarium with a swimming
pool, a children’s splash pool and a playground. The area has a glass veranda
offering superb views over the sea. Above the breakfast restaurant there
is also a games room with billiards and a computer with internet connection.
Regency Cliff Hotel Funchal
Madeira Regency Cliff is a trendy 4-star hotel in a superb cliff-top location
with splendid views over the ocean and the coastal strip of the popular
Lido area. A beautiful kilometre-long seaside promenade, lined by magnificent
subtropical gardens passes right in front of the hotel. The Hotel has direct
access to this Promenade, which leads to the popular pebble and black sand
beach of Praia Formosa at the western end of Funchal. It also boasts several
public swimming pools with sea access. Decorated throughout in a pleasant
contemporary style with accents on vivid colours and modernistic shapes,
the Madeira Regency Cliff Hotel combines the intimate ambiance of a small
hotel with an attentive service, in fact everything is done to please our
most fastidious guests.
Vine Hotel Funchal
hotel with soul, just like a good wine. The Vine is sophisticated and luxurious.
With a touch of simplicity and discretion, just the way you like it. A
dip in the panoramic pool, a vinetherapy session in the spa or a gourmet
dinner with a view over the city: these are just a few of the pleasures
awaiting you at The Vine. Madeira’s most traditional and exclusive ingredients
are combined to create a fusion of unique flavours that could be only be
with the magic of master chef, Antoine Westermann. Nectar of the gods,
wine uplifts the soul. The Vine Spa, is luxurious retreat specialising
in Vinetherapy. The ingredients from which the best wine is made help transport
your body into another dimension. Feel re-born with a visit to The Vine
for more Hotels in Porto Santo
PORTO SANTO ISLAND HOTELS, PORTUGAL
the full list of Hotels & Resorts in Porto Santo
Porto Santo & Spa, Porto Santo
your eyes: imagine an island, a solitary oasis of calm and natural beauty,
in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, with an endless golden sandy beach
and a crystal clear blue sea. Imagine a hotel with a unique position, lined
with palm trees, with its on path to a fabulous beach. Open them now, paradise
is the place you want to be, "Hotel Porto Santo – the hotel with a beach".
The hot place to dine, the cool place to drink, the place to chill out,
the great and fashionable place to meet in Porto Santo. The food is simple,
fresh and blends local and international flavours and aromas. With luxurious
facilities, the unique trace of João Favila architect & specialized
staff, the SPA adopts the concept of Wellness, pampering its customers
with a wide range of sophisticated Rituals.
Vila Baleira Thalassa Porto Santo
at around 4 kms from the centre of the village, the Hotel Vila Baleira
Talassa has originaly been built to attract to the island those who want
to profit from the medicinal characteristics of its sand and is the best
equipped hotel in Porto Santo. The complex has 3 different areas: In the
main building, the hotel itself, we have the rooms, reception, main bar,
restaurant, shops, meeting facilities, Junior club and the indoor swimming
pool. Connected to the hotel by a tunnel is the Baleira Thalassa &
Spa, a totally independent structure which houses the Thalasso & Spa
centre, the Gym and the Diving centre. Also with access by the same underground
passage we have the outdoor leisure area with the outdoor swimming pool,
the children's pool, the playground, the Beach Club and the wooden passage
to the beach.
Aparthotel Porto Santo
on the beach dunes, just 4 km from Vila Baleira town centre, this 4-star
Aparthotel is the ideal base for guests looking for relaxation and tranquility.
The hotel has a large solarium with one swimming pool for adults and another
for children, a Lobby Bar, a Snack Bar at the swimming pool (seasonal),
games room, breakfast lounge, tobacconist's, mini market and a self-service
laundry. There is a free mini bus service connecting the hotel to the town
centre, daily. Clients also have free access to wireless internet
which is available in the lobby of the hotel as well to the small computer
room. The apartments all have one room, a bathroom and a sitting room with
Porto Santo Beach Resort & Spa
Pestana Group’s newest hotel is located in Porto Santo, the sister island
of Madeira and dramatically different from it with a strong Mediterranean
flavour. The south coast is a long sandy beach of 9 km, lovely beach bars
and restaurants, wonderful nature and many cultural and historical references.
For your gastronomic pleasure we have 4 restaurants and 3 bars in the resort
with different styles to suit every time of the day or night. The luxurious
SPA has been created with your well being in mind. There are 5 treatment
rooms and a large selection of massages and exotic treatments to choose
from. The sauna, turkish bath and the SPA offer the therapeutic benefits
of aromatherapy and the indoor swimming pool has multiple water jets.