There’s something of a Cornish-feel to the most-easterly village of Ponta do Sol, and its attractive colourful buildings, pebble beach and laid-back feel make it a popular weekend destination for Funchal’s residents. It’s the kind of place that encourages you to stop what you’re doing and just enjoy exactly where you are; especially during its panoramic ocean sunsets.
South west Madeira’s largest town is Calheta: Funchal in miniature. Calheta’s small-and-friendly marina is a nice alternative to the much larger marina in the capitial, particularly if you enjoy sailing. Our favourite self-catering cottages are also nearby: at Calhau Grande in the hills just above the town. The majority of Madeira’s self-catering accommodation tends to be new-build apartments in Funchal. We prefer more interesting, traditional-style casas – include a hire car in your tailor-made holiday and Calheta’s a great base from which to explore the western-end of the island.
As the south coast meets the west, you’ll come to tiny Paul do Mar: barely two cobbled-streets wide, you could be forgiven for thinking you were lost in the narrow backstreets of an Italian city. Find the harbour and you’ll find the some of the best fish restaurants on Madeira; the type of places where you can eat like the locals, with the locals.
Personal, efficient and informal service which made booking and travelling very straightforward and stress-free.
Thanks again for your help and organisation – this really has been one of the best holidays we’ve ever had.
More than lived up to expectations and a pleasure to deal with a small company.
First class service, nothing too much trouble, communication excellent.
Quality service from start to finish. Immediate support when problems arose.
The service was personal and the team helped me plan a very special holiday (with extra surprises along the way !).
From first contact to the compeltion of our holiday, all staff were extremely helpful and our itinerary was packed with awesome experiences.
First rate holiday, put together by a first rate company – thank you !
Very helpful staff, and the trips they organised for us were excellent with knowledgeable guides
Views to die for !
We had the most fantastic time, the accommodation was fabulous, the walks and views were to die for. Insightful tour guides that kept it fun and interesting at all times.