Stepping the World: Travel Channel documentary on the island of Madeira, filmed in two parts.
Click the Madeira Island link to watch the videos.
The new road system makes driving to other areas of the island, from your dream holiday location quite easy. You can hire your own car locally, or hire your very own tour guide. We can thoroughly recommend Jose Manuel, who speaks excellent English, has an in depth knowledge of the island and is a courteous and careful driver. Jose Manuel charges very reasonable rates and you can book a half-day, or full-day tour, but he is extremely popular and it is wise to book in advance, or we will be happy to book this for you. A half day tour for up to 4 people will cost just €65 with Jose Manuel, pictured above with his 6-seater taxi.
It is hard to imagine that such a small island has so much to offer. It is 32 miles x 12 miles and almost 6000 ft at its highest point and has a huge diversity of landscapes. There are impressive coastal areas, with cliffs that drop spectacularly into the ocean, pine forests and the “Laurissilva” area that is now classified as a World Natural Heritage site. There are majestic mountain peaks and deep valleys, waterfalls and exotic vegetation. Visit the Wine Lodges and sample the delights of Madeira wine which has been produced on the island since the 17th Century.
Have a day trip to the island of Porto Santo which lies to the northeast, has miles of magnificent sandy beaches and a golf course designed by Severiano Ballestros. Two championship courses, the 27-hole Santo da Serra and the Palheiro 18-hole, both offering challenging golf and spectacular scenery. Just 15 mins. drive, East of Funchal, The Palheiro additionaly offers discounted green fees for our “Quinta Elena” guests. Visit the many wonderful gardens such as the Botanic Gardens, Monte via the cable car, and the famous Palheiro Gardens.
Don’t miss the thrill of the famous Toboggan Ride that begins high up at Monte and careers down narrow, winding streets to Livramento, reaching at times a speed of 48km/hr.