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Madeira: A winter-sun paradise

Madeira is a destination with year-round sunshine, beautiful natural scenery and gorgeous beaches. It has a lot to offer those seeking a special holiday destination.

Perhaps better known for its summer holidays, Madeira isn’t always considered for its winter getaways but this is a holiday destination for all seasons – and can offer something quite special on the lead up to Christmas and New Year.

Markets, sun and celebrations!

Never too hot and never too cold, many say that Madeira has the perfect climate, especially for those who enjoy exploring the beauty of the destination. If you’re a keen walker or hiker, you’ll be in for a treat. Reaching around 20 degrees during the winter, you can still enjoy lazing on the sandy beaches.

Around Christmas, you’ll experience one of Europe’s sunniest Christmas markets. Held in the heart of its main capital, Funchal, you’ll find an array of traditional souvenirs, typical delicacies and drinks of the season; and a festive, upbeat atmosphere to give you an insight into the local culture.

For those who like to experience a mighty New Year’s Eve fireworks display, Madeira certainly has it. The incredible display lights up the sky with colour, and in Funchal, you’ll find an impressive stage in the amphitheatre with thousands of multi-coloured lamps – something quite spectacular!

Madeira is in the same time zone as the UK, meaning that you can see the New Year in at the same time as your loved ones at home.

An adventure lover’s paradise

There are heaps of epic day excursions available to get out and explore all year-round, from kayaking, snorkelling and paddle boarding – or for those wanting to go to the next level, paragliding and diving excursions are available to give you the adrenaline rush you are after!

There are lots of excursions to choose from on land too; day hikes, horse riding, bike tours and canyoning are also available.

Whatever you choose, we’re certain you’ll be impressed with the scenery; including impressive cliffs looking out onto the ocean, lush forests and cascading waterfalls. Listen out for the rare birds too.

Fantastic food

In Madeira, it’s easy to enjoy fresh food wherever you go due to its year-long warm climate. Funchal is famous for its authentic restaurants, or if you’ve got a kitchen in your accommodation, take a trip to the local farmer’s market, named Mercado dos Lavradores, where you can pick up a huge variety of fresh fish, meat and vegetables to cook up your own feast.

Fewer crowds and better value for money

Whilst we appreciate that summer holidays are a staple, holidaying in the winter months often means that you’ll have more space to enjoy the scenery, attractions, lively restaurants and bars.

Pre-booking excursions and restaurants won’t always be needed, giving the option for a little spontaneity – and wandering around the local streets will feel leisurely and relaxed, but still with a warm and friendly atmosphere.

A holiday outside of the summer season can often mean you’ll get better value. There are most certainly deals to be had during the winter months, whether it is in luxury accommodation or a 3-star budget hotel.

If we’ve inspired you and you’d like to find out more about Madeira’s sights, scenery and culture, contact us today and we’ll be happy to help.

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