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Pearl of the Atlantic

Escape to the Portuguese island idyll of Madeira, where some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery awaits. Fly with British Airways to the cosmopolitan capital, Funchal, and discover the myriad charms of this stunning destination.

An awe-inspiring landscape of emerald green-cloaked peaks and valleys meeting the azure Atlantic greet you as you fly into Funchal. Cradled within a lush natural amphitheatre on Madeira’s sun-soaked south coast, the capital city is a paradise for outdoor activities by day. By night, it awakens to the beats from buzzing bars and clubs that stay open until dawn. A year-round balmy climate invites sun-bathers to recline on Funchal’s volcanic sandy shores. While the crystal clear ocean and child-friendly pool complexes provide abundant cooling off opportunities. Stroll through eucalyptus-scented mountain forests or gardens overflowing with subtropical flowers. Swim with dolphins and go whale-watching. Or play golf in serene surroundings. Book your Funchal flights and get ready to experience magnificent Madeira.

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Experience the very best that Madeira has to offer

Get the most out of your Madeira holiday with these Funchal experiences.

City Hop-on Hop-off Tour.

For the perfect introduction to Funchal, explore this beautiful historic city aboard an open-top bus. The Funchal City Hop-on Hop-off Tour gives you the freedom to choose when and where you want to alight, with a choice of 16 strategically-placed stops around the city. Onboard the double-decker bus, relax and enjoy a full commentary before choosing which of Funchal’s top attractions you want to see next. Tickets are valid for 24 hours.

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Food.

Get an authentic taste of Madeira while enjoying some traditional entertainment. Relax over dinner at a typical Madeiran restaurant. Sample local delicacies such as Espetada – beef on a skewer spiced and grilled over an open fire – while a folklore group perform traditional dances for you. Wine and coffee are also included with your meal. After dinner, take in some of the sights of Funchal from a belvedere.

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See the highlights of East Madeira on this full day tour. Visit Camacha, a town famous for its wicker, and watch artisans at work. Take in spectacular views from the 1,810 metre-high Pico Arieiro, before visiting a trout hatchery at Ribeiro Frio. After a stop at scenic Faial, climb up to the pretty village of Santana and see its renowned thatched houses. You’ll then continue to Portela on the north coast to admire the incredible Eagle’s Cliff rock formations.

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Discover traditional Madeira at its best, take in magnificent scenery and sample fine Madeiran wines on this half-day tour. Admire the breathtaking views from Pico dos Barcelos and the 1,094 metre-high Eira do Serrado. Explore the fascinating little village of Monte in the suburbs of Funchal. Then enjoy an exhilarating ride on the sledge or ‘Toboggan’, to Livramento. Your tour concludes with a visit to a private wine cellar and tasting of a selection of Madeiran wines.

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Island tour.

Madeira is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty – see the best it has to offer on this full-day tour. Your experience begins with admiring the glorious view over Camara de Lobos from Pico da Torre. This will be followed by the incredible vistas from Cabo Girao, the second largest cliff in the world. Gaze at the stunning waterfalls in Porto Moriz and visit the beautiful village of Santana – famed for its charming, triangular thatched houses.

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