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Holiday Cottages Faja dos Padres in Madeira

Holiday Cottages Fajã dos Padres is a special place on the south coast of the island and is shaped like a small toungue of land under a cliff about 250m high. It’s 9 lovely cottages all by the sea are ideal for those who wish to have a truly relaxing holidays!


Besides the grapevines, a medley of subtropical species is cultivated at Fajã dos Padres, like mango, avocado, banana, as well as, although in smaller quantities, papaya, Surinam cherry, or passion fruit, among others.

Guests are welcome to follow the agricultural work, walk along the property, or just relax in the garden expecting to see the sunset over the sea.

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Holiday House Casa do Retiro in Ponta do Sol, Madeira

Casa do Retiro is a luxurious holiday house located on the sunny south coast of Madeira Island, in the quiet village of Canhas and near the center of Ponta do Sol.

This holiday house is ready to accommodate people with mobility limitations. It consists of five bedrooms, one on the first floor and four bedrooms on the ground floor.

This amazing house has an extensive private garden with oaks and trees from the indigenous forest “Laurissilva” and various stone objects used by previous inhabitants: mills, a wine press, a well and a spacious barbecue.

Near the house is the Sta. Teresa monument, which was erected by ancestors of the present owners.

Hiking areas are just minutes away. 200 meters away there are some restaurants, cafes, supermarket, pharmacy, health center, church, and ATM.

This house is for the exclusive use of the group or couple who rent it.

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Fanal Winter Lake

Winter pond or lagoon Serra do Fanal

The Fanal Pond is located between the Ribeira da Janela and the plateau of Paul da Serra. It is a volcanic crater that fills when rain abounds.

The Fanal is a unique place in the Laurel Forest of Madeira Island. Good to rest, walk, enjoy nature and admire the magnificent species of Laurel Forest like (Ocotea foetens), Puff (Clethra foetens), bay (Laurus azorica), mahogany (Persea indica), some with more than of 500 years .

There are several hikes in the area, a fantastic walk from Fanal to Chao da Ribeira Seixal. Another walk begins at Fanal, crosses the forest to the Levada dos Cedros (PR14) and still be able to make the trek from the Fanal until Paúl Sierra (PR13).

PT // Lagoa de Inverno ou Lagoa da Serra do Fanal

A Lagoa do Fanal situa-se entre a Ribeira da Janela e o planalto do Paúl da Serra. Trata-se de uma cratera volcânica que enche quando a chuva é abundante.

O Fanal é um local único no meio da floresta Laurissilva da Ilha da Madeira. Óptimo para descançar, caminhar, disfrutar da natureza e admirar as magníficas espécies indémicas da floresta Laurissilva como o Til (Ocotea foetens), Folhado (Clethra foetens), Loureiro (Laurus azorica), Vinhático (Persea indica), alguns com mais de 500 anos.

Night life in Madeira

Madeira has a great nightlife available for tourists and locals, with many locations for those looking for an excellent night out, with locations such as a Casino, cinemas, nightclubs, pubs, local and festive events, bars, night clubs, dinner shows, concerts, themed entertainment evenings, etc.

Due to the fact that there are more locals than tourists in Madeira and as locals happen to study and work during the week, therefore the nightlife occurs more during weekends and national holidays.

Not only does Madeira offer great nightlife locations, but these locations also offer great alcoholic drinks such as: Poncha (a local strong punch), Nikita (beer foam mixed with vanilla ice cream and pieces of Pineapple) or Pé de Cabra (Sugar mixed with dark beer, dry wine and nesquick).

If you like nightlife, then the casino is your door to enjoying nightlife, as it offers lots of fun with its slot machines, gambling games etc, dinner shows on Friday and weekend evenings, nightclubsand much more… Also nearby the casino you can find various locations famous for their nightlife, such as the night club called Fugitivo famous for its samba shows performed by Brazilian dancers.

Madeira Island may be small, but it still offers a vast program when it comes to nightlife. When visiting Madeira, we hope you enjoy your night out!

AQUAPARK – Santa Cruz – Madeira

Madeira now has an Aqua Park available in Santa Cruz, this aquatic theme park includes great facilities, plenty to do and great prices for all the family to have a great day out.

Aqua Park in Santa Cruz, Madeira

The Aqua Park is divided into two zones, radical zone and the leisure zone. The radical zone includes water slides, speed lanes, quick river and the black hole. The leisure zone includes a swimming pool, Aqua Land, lazy river, restaurant and bar, Aqua Shop (shop), games room, spaces destined for events and a room for birthday parties.

The facilities included in the Aqua Park are the changing rooms, locker rooms, infirmary and a solarium.

The Aqua Park presents great price ranges. For pricing info please check on the Aquapark web site:

The Aqua Park has a capacity for over 1000 people, enough space for locals and tourists to spend a great day out.

If you’re looking to make the most out of your stay in Madeira, then we recommend that you come and visit the aquatic theme park, Aqua Park in Santa Cruz.


Monte Sledges | Toboggan Ride in Madeira

In the Monte, you will be able to find a traditional form of transport, known as, Monte Sledges. The Monte Sledges are made of wicker and are powered by two sledge drivers called “Carreiros”.

The Monte sledge is powered down the steep slope that connects the Monte with Funchal, giving locals and tourists an adrenaline rush and an unforgettable experience unlike any other in the world.

The Monte Sledges appeared in 1850 and are still used up to this very day, attracting thousands of tourists every year.

The Sledge drivers dress in their traditional clothing that consists of white cotton clothes and a hat made of straw, also they use rubber soled boots, so that they are able stop the sledge when necessary.

The course has a length of 2km and takes a total of 10 minutes to reach Funchal. The Monte Sledge can reach speeds up to 48km/hour. The Monte Sledges will give an adventurous, but safe journey down the steep slope.

The Monte Sledges are located at the bottom of the stairs that lead to the church of Our Lady of Monte.

If going to Funchal by the Monte Sledge from the Monte, then you could use the Madeira Cable Car.  And don´t forget that Madeira Rural has available various accommodations in the Monte and Funchal.

Madeira Rural wishes you the best on your journey on the Monte Sledges and hope you enjoy your stay here in the tropical Madeira Island.

The Lime Route – Museum Centre

The lime route museum center is located in the municipality of São Vicente; this municipality contains several accommodations from Madeira Rural that you are able to reserve.

The lime route museum centre encloses an area close to 12 000m2, in which you will be able to find beautiful breathtaking landscapes, two limestone quarries, a lime kiln and other constructions used to support cattle-raising and farming, such as haylofts, cultivation fields and levadas “Water channels”, very typical of Madeira´s landscape.
The lime route museum is integrated in a rural environment preserving some building and characteristics typical of Madeira´s rural landscape, with its farm and cattle raising structures.
The limestone from the quarries had several uses; it was used in stone pavements, fonts, millstones, lime production, along with other uses. After it was transported to the lime kiln house, the limestone was burned to produce lime which was used in mortars, walls whitening, soil stabilizer and for funeral practices to prevent infections and diseases spreading.
From the 1st of April until the 31st of September, the museum centre is opened from 10h00 to 18h00. The 1st of October until 31st of March, the museum is opened from 10h00 until 17h00. The museum centre is opened from Tuesday until Sunday.
Come and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes that exist in the lime route museum centre!