: Funchal international airport
: Funchal harbour
: Ribeira Brava
Madalena do Mar is an attractive rural seaside village with a very long pebbly beach and new promenade. Only 45 mins drive from the airport and 30 mins west of the capital town of Funchal, it sits in the sunniest part of Madeira with a backdrop of mountains to the north below which are extensive banana plantations and cultivated terraces of vegetables and fruit. The recently extended road system, with its tunnels through mountains and bridges over deep ravines, combined with the construction of several new marinas along the coast has opened up this area of the island to tourism. However, this village boasts no hotels - just delightfully friendly people, excellent café/bars and restaurants, a mini-market and plenty of sea swimming. You can marvel at the variety of exotic plants that thrive on the south of the island in the sub-tropical climate, perhaps best enjoyed by walking along the tranquil levadas (irrigation channels) and old mountain paths 'far from the madding crowd.
Other Activities: Owner Mike, a keen scuba Big Game fishing can take you out on his boat when he is on the island