Solar do Ribeirinho TRAVEL 

Where to stay in Madeira Islands

Madeira has excellent hotels, but in recent years Local Accommodation has grown brutally. When we choose a holiday destination we immediately think of where we will be staying. Local accommodation is one of the main alternatives, and has been gaining fans all over the world. But what, after all, are its benefits? What distinguishes a hotel from local accommodation? And why are more and more people not wanting anything else when traveling? Feeling at home: This is the first advantage pointed out. In a local accommodation the experience becomes more…

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Why vacation in Madeira Islands

The mild climate makes any time of year ideal for visiting the island. So when the cold gets here on the continent you know where to escape… And there’s no excuse, it’s only 978 kilometers, and just over 1:30 hours by plane that separate all that exoticism from Lisbon. Composed of the island of Madeira, the island of Porto Santo, the deserted islands and even the wild islands, the Madeira archipelago hides treasures capable of surrendering its visitors. The spectacular landscapes, carved by its rugged peaks whose height rises to…

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Flights from Bristol to Funchal

Book your trip to Madeira in advance. The cheapest flight from Bristol to Funchal is on average booked 82 days in advance. A direct flight to Funchal takes on average 3h 30m and covers a distance of 2371 km. There are about 4 direct flights per week between Bristol and Funchal. Airlines flying between Bristol and Madeira is easyJet with roundtrip tickets between (150 to 300 €)

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santa-cruz LOCALS 

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is in the eastern part of the island near the International Airport and by the sea. It’s a wonderful city with lots of attractions. In the centre of Santa Cruz there is a beautiful historical church; the mother church built in the 16th century. Across the street you will reach the beach of Palmeiras, a beach of calhau very popular among the locals in the summer. It is equipped with swimming pool for children, Beach Games, vigilantes and First Aid Center. Enjoy a pleasant walk on the promenade…

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santana LOCALS 

Santana

Santana is composed of six parishes (Arco de São Jorge, Ilha, Faial, Santana, São Jorge and São Roque do Faial), lives mainly from agriculture, handicrafts and tradition. The mountainous landscapes are dominated by the lush green that characterizes the Laurissilva Forest. Indeed, some of its landscapes are classified as World Heritage, which is certainly a strong contribution to maintaining its beauty. With so many attractions, it is normal that a large part of the tourists draw a circle around Santana and highlight it as a mandatory point of visit. And…

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Calheta - most extensive of all the municipalities 2 LOCALS 

Calheta – most extensive of all the municipalities

The municipality of Calheta is located between the south and the West End of Madeira Island and its area, approximately 116 km2, makes it the most extensive of the Autonomous Region of Madeira. About 12,000 people live here. It is thought that the origin of its name comes from the small bay or cove that serves it as port and that it watched João Gonçalves Zarco when he intended to go ashore. This is the meaning of the word”calheta”. In this locality lies the center of the Arts “Casa das…

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Câmara de Lobos

Câmara de Lobos is a town and civil parish on the south coast of Madeira Island. The municipality of Câmara de Lobos has about 35 000 inhabitants spread over an area of 51.82 km2. The name of this parish derives from the fact that, at the time of the discovery of the island, large numbers of sea wolves were seen in that cove that still maintains the same configuration today. Currently, these animals occasionally appear only on the southern coast of the island, with a colony preserved on the Desert…

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Ribeira Brava - Located on the south coast madeira 4 LOCALS 

Ribeira Brava – Located on the south coast madeira

Located on the south coast, the municipality of Ribeira Brava has an area of about 65.10 km2, where about 12,500 inhabitants are distributed. Ribeira Brava was elevated to the category of village in 1928. Its main economic activity is agriculture. Sweet potatoes, beans, vegetables, some cereal, fruit and wine are taken from the cultivation of the land. The Church of Saint Benedict, built in the 15th century and situated in the village of Ribeira Brava, exposes magnificent panels of clear Flemish influence, representing the Virgin and boy, Saint Benedict and…

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Ponta do Sol - THE BEST Things to Do 7 LOCALS 

Ponta do Sol – THE BEST Things to Do

Located on the south coast of the island, Ponta do Sol is currently the seat of the municipality and has about 8,200 inhabitants in its area of 43.3 Km2. This is considered the hottest County on the island and where the sun shines for more hours. Economic activity is based on the primary sector, where agriculture stands out, with the predominance of sugarcane and banana production; horticulture and floriculture. The traditional trade and hotel trade are also important. In the municipality there is a plant export company. In this municipality…

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machico LOCALS 

Machico is a historic city

Located on the east coast of Madeira Island, about 22 km from Funchal, this municipality has a magnificent historical significance. It was the following that Gonçalves Zarco and Tristan Vaz Teixeira landed, between 14-19, when they found the wood. Machico moved to the city on 2 August 1996 and contains about 20,000 inhabitants distributed one of its 6-8 km2. According to legend, a century before this revelation, Robert Machim and Anna D’arfet had found asylum right here. The domain of this name Machim emerged within the name of the metropolis.…

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