Madalena do Mar

Madalena do Mar holidays

Between Calheta and Ribeira Brava on the sun-kissed south coast sits the picturesque seaside village of Madalena do Mar. Its glorious green mountains contrast perfectly with the bright-blue Atlantic and the handful of bars and restaurants are the ideal places to kick back and take it all in. Head here for a chilled-out break in a stunning setting!

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Stroll, sunbathe and sightsee

Spend your days soaking up the warm Madeiran sunshine on the sheltered pebble beach or wander along the seafront promenade that’s lined with pretty palms. The whitewashed Madalena do Mar Church sits at its heart with an impressive altar that glows in gold. Ponta do Sol is your closest neighbour if you fancy exploring further afield.

Go bananas

Madalena do Mar was once an important spot for sugarcane production. Today, it’s home to one of the largest banana plantations on the island thanks to its fertile soil and great weather conditions. It even hosts an annual banana festival every July, which celebrates these bright-yellow beauties!

Bica da Cana

Bica da Cana

Madeira

Bica de Cana is a fairly easy hiking route, known as 'the flower hike', thanks to colourful blooms you'll see. The route is carpeted with purple foxgloves, powder-pink orchids and plenty more besides. There's a...
Black scabbardfish

Black scabbardfish

Madeira

This deepwater fish is a popular catch at the fish market of Funchal. It may look scary, but it tastes surprisingly tasty and is actually considered a delicacy in Madeira. If you fancy something different, try...
Cabo Girao

Cabo Girao

Madeira

As long as you have a head for heights you’ll love Gabo Girao. It’s the tallest sea cliff in Madeira... some say, the world. It rises, almost vertically, out of the sea to a height of 580 metres, offering...
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