The 10 best hotels in Madeira, from grande dames to dreamy five-star resorts.

Young and old alike flock to Madeira year-round, lured by consistently warm weather, a swimmable temperate ocean and cinematic mountain scenery that makes you feel like you’re right on the edge of the world. The latter attracts hikers, cyclists and adventure seekers who enjoy hiking the famous levada trails, gliding down winding roads on two wheels, or gliding off sheer cliffs by paraglider. Some come for something quieter – long days reading on shingle beaches, sunny al fresco seafood lunches and sunset swims at open-air lidos. Others simply drop into one of the many excellent resort hotels in Funchal, the capital, and rarely leave except to go into town for an occasional drink or meal. Whatever your desires, there is almost certainly a Madeira hotel to suit your needs – a historic grand dame, a family-run countryside quinta, a beachfront spa hotel or a design-led villa with sweeping sea views. Below you will find the best hotels in Madeira.

Where is it warmest on Madeira?

Madeira can experience all four seasons in one day. However, the safest bet for regular sunshine is on the island’s southwest coast, in places like Calheta, Ponta do Sol and Ribeira Brava. Although Câmara de Lobos and Funchal also enjoy mild to warm weather throughout the year (it’s cooler in the north). In summer, the average temperature on the island is around 25 degrees. While spring is around 20-24 degrees and winters average around 18-20 degrees. Still, expect heavy rain showers and occasional thunderstorms, particularly from December through April.

What is the most beautiful part of Madeira?

Despite being almost half the size of Gran Canaria, Madeira is an incredibly diverse island. The southwest coast has mountains covered in banana and avocado trees, exotic flowers and a number of pretty coves such as Madalena do Mar, Ponta do Sol and the quaint fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. On the north side you’ll find the photogenic black sand beach of Seixal, the charming 15ththCentury thatched houses in Santana and the lava pools of Porto Moniz. However, many visitors stay in Funchal and make day trips to all of these places. One of the most enjoyable activities is a stroll along one of Madeira’s remarkable 200 irrigation tunnels, or levadas, which wind through tunnels, clouds and waterfalls high in the mountains.

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