"Old-fashioned charm, wild mountains and relaxed inhabitants" are Madeira’s calling cards, according to The Daily Telegraph, while World Travel Guide simply calls it "Portugal's most beautiful island". Explore this Atlantic retreat for yourself for £499 per person. Saving £201 on the original price, the deal includes:
Depart from London Gatwick on 13, 18, 20 May; 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 June;
1, 6, 8 July. Depart from Newcastle, Birmingham, East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Luton or Manchester for an extra £20.
Pestana Bay Hotel is in a quiet location on the outskirts of Funchal, with panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean and Cabo Girão -- one of the highest cliffs in Europe. It won a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award in 2012. The hotel has direct access to Praia Formosa (pictured), the longest beach on the island.
The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, a children's pool, a Jacuzzi, a playground, a Turkish bath, a fitness centre, landscaped gardens, free Wi-Fi access, a restaurant and two bars. All rooms are sea-facing. Arlequim Restaurant has ocean views and themed buffet evenings, and the bar hosts live music and shows six nights a week. Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, as are soft drinks and local alcoholic drinks (from 11am to 11pm).
The Introduction to Funchal takes in a local farmer's market, the Botanical Gardens and a traditional embroidery factory. Funchal has boutiques and cafés. The harbour is described by World Travel Guide as "one of the most spectacular bays in the world, rivaling even Rio de Janeiro's harbour."
Add shared transfers for an extra £20 per person, or private transfers for an extra £32 per person. Single room supplements are available from £196 per person.
Travelzoo tip: Madeira has a number of festivals throughout the year. The Atlantic Festival (8-29 June) includes an international fireworks competition and performances in the theatres and churches of Funchal, and the Festa dos Santos Populares (12-29 June) in Funchal features music, bonfires and food stalls.
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