Mesmerising Calheta has all the boxes ticked when it comes to ways to fill your days. Ochre sands, arty attractions and luscious levadas – so basically, it’s Madeira in resort form. One of the must-see sights is Quinta Pedagogica dos Prazeres, a quirky combo of a farm, gardens and an old cider press!
Santana might be on the opposite side of the island, but if you only visit one other resort during your Madeira holiday, make sure this is it. Off-the-scale charming and bursting with character, it’ll woo you with its wonderful triangle-shaped houses, known as Casas Típicas de Santana – they’re as twee as can be!