The landscapes and picturesque villages, the animation of Funchal, the adventure of "Levadas" and the Madeira Wine are some of the ingredients you will find while staying at the hotels in Madeira. The island attracts thousands of people to events like the Festival of Flowers in the spring and the New Year's Eve party with the largest fireworks show in the world.
The Pestana Group has 10 hotels in Madeira, 9 hotels in Funchal and 1 hotel in Porto Santo, where you can enjoy fantastic beaches.
Dengue in Madeira
The ECDC - European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, after being consulted by the Portuguese authorities of Public Health and the WHO - World Health Organization analyzed the situation in the Autonomous Region of Madeira and issued a document entitled "RAPID RISK ASSESSMENT - autochthonous dengue cases in Madeira Portugal 9 October 2012. In that document, it is clearly stated that "... the situation does not imply any restrictions on trade or travel beyond disinfestation being implemented."
For more information, please see go to the website of the General Director of Health (http://www.dgs.pt) in particular, click on "Informação e Comunicação" and later on "Comunicados do Director Geral." Find some communications about the situation in question.
Monuments and Points of Interest
Take advantage of your visit to Madeira to go on excursions of the island, to go whales watching and dolphins too, to take a dive in crystal clear waters and to check out the fantastic views in a cable car ride.
Enjoy the travel deals available at the Pestana Group hotels in Madeira.
Places to visit on the island of Madeira:
Cable Car Monte
São Vicente Grottos
Monte Palace Gardens
Madeira Story Centre
New Year's fireworks Show
What to do in Madeira:
The two islands with mild weather, have the ideal climate for golfing all year round. There are two golf courses on the island of Madeira and a golf course in Porto Santo.
Madeira Island Tours
scenic walks along the Traditional Irrigation Channels of Madeira
4 x 4
Madeira Casino, with daily entertainment, live music, international concerts, modern slot machines, electronic roulette, Bench Game, Black Jack tables, Roulette, Texas Hold'em Poker, Restaurants, Bars and Nightclubs.
SPA and wellbeing, Health Club and Gymnasium. The Magic Health Club in partnership with Technogym - The Wellness Company, a world leader in the design of exercise equipment for gyms, offers you a fully equipped modern space for physical exercise.
Beaches in Porto Santo
For those who want the nightlife, there are numerous bars, discos and nightclubs that are open almost all night.
To enjoy all this, the Pestana Group offers you the possibility of choosing one of the best hotels in Madeira, from ten managed by the Group.
Tastes of Madeira
In Madeira and Porto Santo there are restaurants for all tastes. In the restaurants you will be offered caco cake (a cake baked on a plate) with garlic butter or grilled limpets, served with lots of garlic and lemon juice.
Other specialties include tomato and onion soup served with a poached egg, wheat soup and ‘açorda’, (bread soup) a dish made with bread, garlic and poached egg.
The most famous traditional meat dishes of Madeira are kebabs, and beef with wine and garlic. Meat dishes are usually accompanied by fried corn, carrots, green beans and sweet potatoes.
Fish is present in the most traditional dishes of the island. Tuna, cod, squid and skipjack are some of the fish mostly served in local restaurants.
Regional desserts include cheese-cakes (cakes made of cheese, eggs and sugar), honey cakes (one of the oldest desserts of Madeira) and passion fruit pudding.
Also famous is the Madeira wine, as well as the punch (white rum, honey, lemon juice).
How to Arrive
Funchal Airport is 16 km from the city centre. Daily connections by air between Funchal and Porto Santo.
Lisbon - Madeira - Lisbon: Direct connections TAP and EasyJet (low prices).
Lisbon - Porto Santo - Lisbon: Direct connections operated by TAP.
Porto - Madeira - Porto: Direct connections TAP.
Faro: There are no direct flights to Madeira.
There is a paid shuttle service in Funchal (Aero-bus) from the Airport to Praia Formosa. The course lasts 45 minutes and takes around 20 minutes to arrive at the city center.
Madeira has 4 ports for small and medium-sized vessels and cruise liners. Daily connections by boat / ferry between Funchal and Porto Santo.