You’re only a short drive from the capital Funchal, but seven nights in Santana feels like a whole different island.
Madeira’s eastern seaboard is a tangle of jagged river valleys, wild cedar forests, and imposing sea cliffs. Where the islanders have managed to tame the land over the last 600 years, you’ll see villages surrounded by terraces of sugar cane and bananas, stretching from the valley floor up to the high ravines.
The island’s modern road network means it’s easy to explore by car – whether you’re heading into Funchal for a whale and dolphin watching, driving west into the Parque Natural do Ribeiro Frio, or cruising along the north coast road for lunch in Sao Vicente.
Your home for the week is the cliff-top Quinta do Furao – one of Madeira’s most-popular hotels thanks to its peaceful rural location and sweeping ocean views. The quinta is also a great base from which to walk Madeira’s best hiking trails – from the Levada do Rei and Caldeira Verde trails on the slopes of the Assumadouros hills, to the high mountain trail from Teixeira to Pico do Arieiro.
£1600 per person
We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.
INCLUDED: direct return flights from the UK, accommodation in a twin/double en-suite room on a B&B basis, car hire and a whale and dolphin watching trip.