"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 outpost for yourself for £499 per person. Saving £400 on the original price, the deal includes:
Depart from London Gatwick on 17 June-15 July. It is £20 more to travel from Manchester and Leeds; £30 more to depart from Birmingham and East Midlands; £40 more to depart Newcastle and Glasgow.
Pestana Casino Park is in three acres of private gardens in the heart of Funchal, with views over the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains. Designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the recently refurbished hotel has a full-service spa -- with an indoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a sauna and a Turkish bath -- as well as a tennis court, a casino, an outdoor swimming pool, a bar and a restaurant.
A 2-minute drive from the hotel, Funchal harbour is described by World Travel Guide as "one of the most spectacular bays in the world, rivalling even Rio de Janeiro's harbour". The free tour included in this deal starts with a visit to Eira do Serrado, a dramatic viewpoint overlooking Curral das Freiras (Nuns' Valley). You'll then travel by coach to the village of Monte, which overlooks Funchal from 600-800 metres above sea level. For a small supplement you can ascend to Monte on a gondola lift and then descend on a traditional toboggan pushed by two locals.
Add shared transfers for an extra £20, return, per person. Single room supplements are available from £196 per person.
It's an extra £50 to depart on 28 September-28 October and an extra £100 to depart on 20 July-23 September.
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