Be independent and discover the whole of the island on your own in two weeks. On our self-drive holidays, we organise the car hire and the accommodation for every night, all you have to do is drive and enjoy your road trip. The infrastructure on Madeira is excellent and well-suited for a self-drive trip, with impressive tunnels linking the valleys, and coastal roads along steep cliffs.
When on a Madeira self-drive around the island, you’re able to stop wherever you want, be it in little villages where you can mix and mingle with the locals over a cup of coffee, or when you’re passing a remote beach or fruit stall selling local produce.
It’s positively the best way to get to know the island and its islanders!
After breakfast make your own way to the Whale and Dolphin watching office near the harbour, where you first have a briefing, before board the rib. After the three hour trip, you will have the rest of the day free.
Your car will be delivered at your hotel, drive via places like Santa Cruz and Machico to to the peninsula of Sao Lourenco where you can do an optional self-guided walk. Or you could continue your drive and stop at the little seaside resort of Porto da Cruz, before finally arriving in Santana. Don't forget to turn on your light when you're entering a tunnel. Overnight at Hotel Quinta do Furao in a twin room for two nights.
Follow the scenic coastal road and have lunch in the lovely little town of Sao Jorge. The little church is definitely worth a visit, or walk the coastal path down to the beach from the café overlooking the bay. Continue to the small village of Boaventura and stop along the way to buy some fresh fruit from the local farmers. Overnight at Solar de Boaventura in a twin room for one night.
Continue on the coastal road, which has plenty of fantastic photo stops to Sao Vicente. Beware some of the tunnels are very narrow and you may have to reverse. The hotel is just outside Sao Vicente. Overnight at Solar da Bica in a twin room for two nights
The next stretch along the coastal road is breathtakingly beautiful. Stop for lunch in the pretty village of Seixal, where you can visit the black sandy beach and see the impressive Veu da Noiva (Bridal Veil) waterfall from a disyance. Continue along the road via the three rock formations of Ilheu da Ribeira da Janela (natural rock opening shaped like a window), to Porto Moniz. Overnight at Aqua Natura in a twin room with sea view for two nights
Relax at the natural swimming pools of lava rock Piscinas Naturais, where the huge waves constantly wash over basin. Entrance is free. Or you could visit the aquarium, where there is the opportunity to do your first dive in the big tank.
On the way to Ponta do Sol you could do the self-guided '25 Fontes levada walk' in the middle of the Paul da Serra plateau. This walk is very popular with daytrippers from Funchal so in order to avoid the crowds an early start is recommended. Continue your drive via Encumeada to the south coast and the lovely village of Ponta do Sol. Overnight at Hotal da Vila in a twin room with sea view for two nights.
You could either visit the sandy beach of Calheta (made from imported sand from Morocco) or have a day at leisure. You can use the facilities of the Estalegem da Ponta do Sol situated high on a cliff overlooking the bay, or relax and unwind on one of the many terraces in this picturesque little town.
Today's drive will take you via Cabo Girao (lookout point with a glass skywalk) via the pretty harbour town of Camara de Lobos (well known for its excellent wine) to your next hotel high up in the hills of Jardim da Serra. Overnight at Hotel Quinta da Serra in a superior room for two nights.
There is no need to leave your hotel today, as the quinta's lush gardens (the hotel even organise a guided tour of the garden) offer tranquility, whilst the excellent restaurant prepares delicious international and organic cuisine with their own produce from their organic garden.
Day at leisure until it's time for your transfer to the airport and your flight home.
Price Per Person
We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.
INCLUDED: International flight from LGW with a budget airline (guide price). Accommodation in twin share, en-suite rooms on a breakfast only basis, apart from Hotel Quinta da Serra where dinner is also included. Return airport transfers. Excursions as detailed in the itinerary. Car hire for 12 days (Renault Clio or similar - group B), including delivery and pick up from your accommodation. Cost includes SCDW (super collision damage waiver), one driver, SatNav, but no PAI (personal accident insurance) or fuel.
EXCLUDED: Meals not specified above and travel insurance. Additional excursions on free days
We include a great selection of all the best hotels we could sample for this bespoke trip.
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