|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Luz do Sol is a self catering apartment, with a Tourist Licence, in the sunny village of Garajau, between Canico and Funchal. It commands superb ocean views over lush, mature gardens and is ideal for a couple seeking a relaxing holiday with or without a car. Located in a secure, private complex with lifts, Luz do Sol enjoys the benefits of a large garden, sunbathing terrace and a 15m oval pool, whilst having direct access to all the facilities of the village, buses and taxis. Within a short, easy walk from the apartment you can hire a car, dine in quality restaurants, buy excellent take-away meals or just have a drink in one of the friendly cafes. Freshly baked bread, vegetables and fruit, morning papers, general supplies and banking facilities are all at your doorstep. A short stroll or a cable car ride takes you to Garajau's secluded beach where you can dip your toes in the warm Atlantic Ocean.
Levada and Mountain Walking: Madeira's centre consists of rugged mountain peaks rising to a mile above sea level. These give way to forests of juniper, pine, eucalyptus, mimosa and laurel as you descend towards the sea. The dry lower slopes are used for farming, mainly vegetables for the table, but areas are also devoted to the cultivation of vines (for the famous Madeira Wine), sugar cane, chestnuts and bananas. Irrigation of the farming areas is provided by a network of water channels (Levadas) radiating from the mountains. This unique irrigation system offers walkers an unrivalled experience in that, besides having breathtaking and exhilarating mountain and coastal trails to explore, they can walk along beside these levadas from village to village and gain a deep insight into the lives and culture of the Madeiran people.
Eating Out and Entertainment: Garajau has several good restaurants offering local and international cuisine and a wide range of take-away food is also available, all these within a short walking distance of the apartment. Some restaurants further afield will even lay on transport from your doorstep. A memorable evening can be had by taking the cable car down to Garajau beach and eating delicious seafood under the stars at the oceanside restaurant. Music and dancing are available nightly in the hotels of nearby Canico de Baixo. Funchal, a fifteen minute bus ride away, offers a very wide range of restaurants, a casino, theatre and many open air events throughout the year to keep you entertained.
We fell in love with Madeira about 20 years ago. When we retired we made it our second home and we now have many friends here. The climate is superb, the people are gentle and there is so much to see and do.
Our reliable local representative speaks excellent English and can be contacted easily.
Steve and Barbara purchased this apartment in 2008
We chose to live in Garajau because it has a community based around a handful of shops, friendly cafe/bars and restaurants.
Garajau is such a good base for exploring the island and has easy access to Funchal. Being keen walkers we enjoy strolling out to nearby beaches without taking the car, although if we want to drive anywhere the access to the Via Rapida (motorway) is only a minute or two away from Luz do Sol.
The apartment complex is centrally located in Garajau, well constructed and spacious. It is mainly home to professionals who work in the city.
Our apartment has a tourist licence, which means that it has been inspected by the Portuguese authorities and meets their standards of safety and hygene.
Luz do Sol is our home and is equipped and furnished accordingly so that both we and our guests can relax and enjoy this beautiful tropical island.
I had a really fantastic holiday with lots of walks, even walking 16 miles one day. I hope to return next year as I still have so many places I want to explore, I don't have my dates yet but will email when I get my schedule done.
If you are like me and go on holiday to relax and not shop then this is the perfect place to go. I had the best holiday in a long time and really enjoyed my stay here. The apartment is in a perfect area for quiet but only a short bus ride to the main city. I went on my own but did not feel threatened at any time and was not bothered by anyone. The apartment was exactly what I needed and the book of information was a real plus. Brian was very welcoming and gave me a thorough tour of the property. There was sun on the balcony from noon until 8pm so I didn't even need to go by the pool I could just relax there. I am waiting for my vacation dates for next year and will definitely be booking again.
There was everything that we needed there, the balcony has a lovely view. The location is great right in the middle of Garajau but with a quiet location. Great place for those who want to explore the island.
The apartment is just lovely and very well situated for accessing the island. On arrival we immediately recognised the apartment from your various photos on the website and they are certainly a true reflection of the accommodation. We are so glad that we did not choose to stay in Funchal itself as we would probably not have felt part of a community, as we certainly did in Garajau. It was also great to have access to a lovely pool and to have a sea view.The local shops and the restaurants are very welcoming and it was great to be within walking distance. We used the local bus service regularly and were impressed at how cheaply we could move around the island and see the 'real' Madeira. Brian made us feel very welcome on arrival and the apartment is so well maintained and you have thought of everything to ensure a comfortable stay. The extensive 'visitor folder' in the lounge provided us with a wealth of information to get us off to a good start. As well as exploring the town of Funchal, 15minutes away by bus, we went to the Nun's Valley, Cabo Girao and Camara de Lobos. We also went to Santana and of course Canico and the beach at Garajau. It was with sadness that we left vowing that we will return in the future. We certainly would recommend this apartment to other couples.
The apartment was spacious, clean and tidy and had everything we needed for our holiday to get off to a good start.
We were met at the airport as arranged by Barbara & Steve by Sharon who was lovely both to & from the airport.
Brian met us outside Garajau Terrace on arrival with the key to show us the apartment he was very helpful & friendly.
We chose not to rent a car and went on both the East and West trips with a firm called the Pride of Madeira great trips amazing scenery and some nice little villages along the way.
The guides were friendly, throughout they are amazing speaking in many different languages, meeting everyone's needs. Also best price and worth booking on line or by email as this is reduced further. Other trips we used the local buses no problems.
The Central restaurant in Canico is a must food is excellent, Neptuno in Garajau is also good, though food in general was great.
Visits to the local bakery is a must daily. Excellent holiday thanks to Barbara & Steve for all the good communication throughout the whole process.
We had a wonderful holiday in Garajau and were very busy exploring lots of interesting places.However, after an exciting day we liked to come back to "our" apartment.
The apartment is very well equipped, we found there everything we needed.Its location is excellent, only a short distance to Via Rapida.
I can recommend to stay in "Luz da Sol" for couples that like to be independent
and want to spend their holiday in a quiet and peaceful place.
we stayed at the apartment for our mini honeymoon and what a joy it was.Its wonderfully appointed in a quiet location,just what we were looking for.We were meet by the local agent ,Brian,who was extremely helpful.
Lovely resturants nearby(walking distance),easy access to Funchal by local bus.
would recommend apartment to anyone looking for a peaceful break.
Garajau is a cosmopolitan village noted for its impressive cliff top statue, Cristo Rei. English is widely spoken and the village provides everything the independent traveller could want. It is on a main bus route to Funchal.
Within 15 minutes' journey from Luz do Sol you can be enjoying a round of golf on one of the two top quality courses, walking a levada, going on a whale watching excursion, riding on the cable car up to Monte, visiting the beautiful Botanical Gardens and experiencing the charm of Funchal.
We can organise your transport to and from the airport if you wish.
Other Activities: Diving in the Atlantic's major marine conservation area, Deep sea fishing, Whale watching, Gardens, Helicopter flights, Ferry to Porto Santo
Golf: Madeira possesses two, beautifully located international golf courses. Palheiro Golf (18 hole) is situated above the capital in an extensive garden with over twenty species of plant native to Madeira. The course has a breathtaking view out over Funchal and its bay. Santo da Serra (27 hole) plays host to the Madeira Open and is one of the most spectacular courses in Europe with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Madeira's rugged mountain scenery.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
»A deposit of 25% is required upon reservation. The remaining 75% is required 40 days before the date of arrival. Payment is either to be made on line via HomeAway Payments ( for which there will be a service fee) or to the owner direct by bank transfer in either sterling or euros.
Un acompte de 25% est requis sur réservation. Les 75% restants est requis 40 jours avant la date d'arrivée. Le paiement est soit à faire en ligne via HomeAway paiements (pour lesquels il y aura des frais de service) ou au propriétaire directement par virement bancaire soit en livres sterling ou en euros.
Eine Anzahlung von 25% ist bei der Reservierung erforderlich. Die restlichen 75% wird 40 Tage vor dem Anreisedatum benötigt. Die Zahlung erfolgt entweder über HomeAway-Zahlungen (für die es eine Service-Gebühr) oder direkt an den Eigentümer per Banküberweisung in Pfund Sterling oder Euro.
Um depósito de 25% é exigido no momento da reserva. Os restantes 75% é necessário 40 dias antes da data de chegada. O pagamento é tanto a ser feito on-line através de Pagamentos HomeAway (para o qual haverá uma taxa de serviço) ou para o proprietário direto por transferência bancária em qualquer esterlinas ou euros.
An Eco Tax of 5 euros per person per stay is payable to the County of Santa Cruz. This tax will be included in the quote.
Un impôt Eco de 5 euros par personne et par séjour est payable au comté de Santa Cruz. Cette taxe sera incluse dans le devis.
Eine Eco Tax von 5 Euro pro Person pro Aufenthalt ist zahlbar an die Grafschaft Santa Cruz. Diese Steuer wird in das Angebot aufgenommen werden.
Um eco-taxa de 5 euros por pessoa e por estadia é pago para o concelho de Santa Cruz. Este imposto está incluído no preço.
Guests should arrive after 4 pm and vacate before 10 am. Les clients sont priés d'arriver après 16:00 et quitter avant 10:00. Die Gäste sollten nach 16:00 Uhr anreisen und bis 10:00 Uhr geräumt werden. Os hóspedes devem chegar após as 16:00 e desocupar antes das 10 horas.