Madeira's year round sub-tropical climate, its geographical location, dramatic scenery and endemic flora and fauna make it a singular natural destination for all ages.
Visit the 200 year old Madeira winery on your doorstep for tours and special tastings. www.blandyswinelodge.com
Surrounded by the deep blue Atlantic ocean, Madeira offers 3 unique world class golf courses set in dramatic settings, blessed with a subtropical climate. The Madeira Islands offer:
The Palheiro Golf course located in the beautiful Palheiro Estate overlooking the capital city, Funchal. Designed by Cabel Robinson, this 18 hole, par 72 course requires skill and attention with tight fairways and fast greens. Palheiro Golf winds around the Palheiro Estate which is famous for its pine forests, centennial trees, flowering shrubs and lush vegetation. The Palheiro Golf clubhouse, perched 500 meters above sea level, boasts a panoramic terrace which commands unlimited views of the Funchal harbour and the Atlantic Ocean. The stylish Palheiro Golf clubhouse is further complemented by the superb restaurant, managed by the award winning Relais and Châteaux hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro. www.palheirogolf.com
The Santo da Serra Golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr is situated near the picturesque village of Santo da Serra, with 27 holes this course offers multiple combinations overlooking some of the most fabulous scenery on the island. Generous fairways, tight undulating greens are challenging to players of all levels, the home of the Madeira Island Open also has a great clubhouse, restaurant and facilities. www.santodaserragolf.com
The Porto Santo Golf course is located on Madeira's sister island, Porto Santo, a 15 minute flight and the newest addition to Madeira Golf. The 18 hole, par 72 course deisgned by renowned golfer, Seve Ballesteros, has a combination of long and short style holes. Much care has been made to make the most of the natural landscape, offering magnificent cliff top par 3s as well as long par 5s overlooking the 9 kilometre beach. The trendy clubhouse offers a pro shop and buggy hire as well as bar and restaurant with a view. www.portosantogolfe.com
The gardens at "Quinta do Palheiro" are famous not only for the variety of plants that grow there but for the beauty of their setting in the hills to the east of Funchal, the capital of Madeira. Madeira has long been called the "Garden Isle" and it seems that almost anything will grow in its fertile soil. In Funchal many tropical plants have found a home and the visitor can see Hibiscus and Bougainvillea in flower almost all the year round along with Jacaranda, Spathodeas, Erythrinas and Bauhinias in their season. The Palheiro gardens are situated at about 500 meters above sea level. The original owner, the Conde de Carvalhal, planted many trees on the estate and laid the foundation to the Camellia collection; some of his early plantings can still be seen today – www.palheirogardens.com
Exploring the island and discovering its secrets is our specialty: hike the peaks;, explore the world heritage laurel forests on the levadas; scuba dive with Manta Rays and Giant Groupers; visit the many churches and museums; enjoy the majestic scenery.
Walking and Hiking Tours
Mountain bike tours
Off road motorcycle tours
4x4 Tours and Safaris