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Madeira Insider Knowledge

Discover the special moods of Madeira, from its art of hospitality dating centuries to the raw natural side that covers more then two thirds of the island. The contrasts are what make Madeira so unique, and its your choice as to how much or little you do. The climate is considered one of the most attractive if not the best in the world. Let us help your stay in Madeira capture the true essence of the island.

Old Town Funchal

The Santa Maria area, were the first settlement on the island was based because of the perfect climate and seaside location. This is were all our houses are located. This part of Funchal (zona velha) is mostly unchanged, houses have been here for over a hundred years, some for well over four centuries. Here you can still find local grocers, farmers market, beaches, bakeries, cafés and lots of tiny interesting shops. A thriving art scene, there are the painted doors of Santa Maria to see, and lots of artists studio as well.


Madeira is bursting with places to visit. Funchal is a cosmopolitan city dating back 600 years. Since then it has been a commercial hub, facing the sea and making the most of the mild climate. The rest of the island is an instagram dream of stunning coastline, lush green mountains and doll-houses made of stone dotting the hills. Pack your swimsuit, walking boots, sunscreen and hat and let the weather and sun be your guide.

We can guide you through the maze of options with our suggestions.

Eat /Drink

Madeira has rich volcanic soil and the food grown here is bursting with flavor. Try a mojito with mint & basil from Madeira and nothing will ever be the same. Explore Atlantic fish and seafood that you can grill at home on the barbecue.

Pampering, Fitness & Sports, including Spa´s, boat charter, walks, swimming, golf and more.

Madeira Events

If you want to time your visit with a special occasion, our yearly events are the perfect combo. Madeira is a party island and we love any excuse for a celebration.

January – Funchal Marathon
February/March – Carnival
April/ May- Miut Madeira Ultra Trail Madeira Flower Festival
May - Madeira Classic Motor Show,
June - Madeira Golf Trophy Madeira Atlantic Festival (Every Saturday in June, fireworks display)
July – NOS Summer Opening Music Festival & Funchal jazz Festival
August- Madeira Arraiais, Popular festivals throughout the island
September - Madeira Wine Festival
October - Madeira Nature Festival & Funchal Eco Trail
December – Christmas Lights, Parties and New Years Fireworks

TOP 10 Do´s

1- Walk a Levada in the ancient mountains
2- Enjoy a sunset Mojito in Barreirinha Café with live music
3- Dolphin boat trip & Ocean swim
4- Funchal Market shopping, pick the local tropical fruits & flowers
5- Ride the Cable Car up to Monte, have a café in Monte palace Tropical Gardens & finish off with a Tobbogan Ride down the hill
6- Seafood dinner in the old Town
7- One Day to See the Island with Moses
8- Hug Ronaldo statue (CR7 Museum optional)
9- Pico Ruivo watch the sun rise with hot chocolate
10- Get lost in the streets & gardens of Funchal
If there’s anything you need to know, just drop us a line and we’ll get back to you ASAP. Or you could always give us a ring on one of the numbers below.

Funchal Cottages

Rua Julio Dinis 27
9060-144 Funchal
Madeira – Portugal

+351 964020726 - +351 966901742
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