Madeira is Portugal’s subtropical island archipelago territory found in the Atlantic Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa. The four islands which make up Madeira are around 500Km north of the Canary Islands and sit around 700Km west of Morocco.
The largest and main island is Madeira Island with the capital Funchal found on the southern coast being the most populated part of Madeira. The second main island in the chain is Porto Santo and the main city is called Vila Baleira.
Being sat in the Atlantic means that like the Canary Islands, Madeira can be windy at times however the main city of Funchal does tend to be sheltered from the worst effects, and it’s southernly position means far milder winter months than you’d normally expect on mainland Europe.
The mountainous and subtropical environment mean that Madeira is perfect for hiking and exploring on foot or by bike, or for those less adventurous scenic cable car tours are readily available to take in the natural beauty of the island.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay we Madeira villa properties across the south coast catering for every need, from luxury villas with pools to more affordable apartments right in the heart of the city. Take a look below at our full range of villas in Madeira to rent.
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Ponta do Sol
A true luxury villa property sleeping up to 8 guests on Madeira's beautiful south coast. Laze away the days with stunning Atlantic sea views and enjoy evenings spent relaxing on the large terrace or balcony.
From just £3770p/w
An instagram worthy villa holiday property if ever there was one, make your friends jealous at this 5 bedroom modern villa property on the eastern coast of Madeira.
From just £2500p/w
Garajau, Sant Cruz
A great example of a modern Madeira villa, perfect for a family villa holiday that everyone will remember. Ideally located for beach or golf activities, and just a short hop to shops and bars.
From just £2470p/w
A 3 bedroom villa with a private pool, sun terrace, garden and barbeque area. Located in the Săo Martinho area of Funchal you are close to the action but still in a peaceful environment.
From just £1990p/w
Ideally located for Palheiro golf course, this 4 bedroom property has a heated private pool, garden, games room, and gym, making for a perfect villa holiday for golf and fitness enthusiasts.
From just £1860p/w
If you're looking for a traditional Portuguese property in the heart of Funchal then this is the place for you. A family friendly house dating back to the 1800's with an updated and modern interior.
Caniço de Baixo
Magnificent oceanfront villa with private pool in Madeira Island
From just €1512p/w
Santa Maria Maior
Play in the private swimming pool or sit on the terrace with a glass of Madeira wine and enjoy the view across Funchal out to the ocean at this peaceful holiday villa.
From just £1240p/w
Săo Jorge, Santana
With panoramic views across the north coast taking in both sea and mountains, with picturesque vineyards close by, this would be a great base for a bit of wine tasting.
From just £1100p/w
Arco da Calheta
This 5 bedroom property sleeps up to 11 and has a swimming pool, games room, and wonderful views making for a family friendly madeira villa holiday.
From just £1020p/w
Complete with a spacious modern interior, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, this Porto Santo property would make for an excellent villa holiday for couples or a family.
From just £930p/w
Santa Luzia, Funchal
A newly refurbished modern apartment in the heart of Funchal city centre, make this your base to explore the city with easy access to events like the Madeira Carnival.
From just £740p/w
Luxury boutique-style villa, tastefully furnished, 5 bedrooms en suite, in quiet setting, wonderful sea and mountain views, with rimflow pool
From just £600p/w
A lovely stone built house with stunning views over Santa Cruz and the ocean, it has a peaceful garden with BBQ area and is a short walk from shops and restaurants.
From just £540p/w
Situated in a peaceful and solitary area with a pleasant climate all year round, it has a spectacularly panoramic view of the sea and mountains. Price reduction for occupancy of less than 4.
From just €500p/w
A traditional style 2 bedroom cottage in the heart of Santa Cruz on the eastern coast, just a short walk to the old town area of the city with cafes, bars and restaurants.
From just £460p/w
A delightful traditional holiday home on the neighbouring island of Porto Santo, this property is located just a short walk from the beach, shops and restaurants.
From just £420p/w
Privately owned selfcatering apartment in a prime residential area of Funchal with balcony overlooking the ocean
From just €406p/w
Luxury self catering villa. Breathtaking mountain (Funchal) view.
From just €350p/w
A comfortable and inviting bungalow, located in the beautiful Faja dos Padres, a biological farm over the beach in Madeira Island
From just €315p/w
The main entry point into Madeira is via Madeira Airport (FNC), this is located on the south east of the island around 18Km from Funchal which takes around 20 minutes in car. Interestingly for football fans, the airport was renamed in 2016 as the Madeira International Airport Cristiano Ronaldo in honour of Madeira's most famous football player.
Car rental desks, taxi ranks, and a bus terminal make the airport well connected to the main island cities and resorts.
All of the natural beaches on Madeira are made up of pebbles and rocks, that's because Madeira is a volcanic island, they are beautiful and feature stunning views, often with natural rock pools, they just aren't the typical sandy beach experience you might initially be expecting.
There are a couple of man made sandy beaches made with sand imported to the Island, the main one is Machico beach which is a busy spot surrounded by shops and cafes, this is around a 25 minute drive from Funchal so would make a great beach day out.
Portugal as a whole makes for a great golfing holiday but what about Madeira? Golfers will be pleased to learn that there are a few options available, the hilly and windy conditions on the island make for very scenic locations but this also makes for sometimes challenging courses.
Clube de Golf Santo da Serra is a large 27 hole course with views over Machico bay, it has a reputation for fast sloped greens, windy conditions, and an amazing clubhouse. Clube de Golf Santo da Serra
Situated just 10 minutes from Funchal, Palheiro Golf Course is an 18 hole championship course offering stunning views and some challenging holes, a must visit course for golf lovers visiting Madeira. Palheiro Golf
First settled in 1420 Madeira was soon after made an official province of Portugal. It originally produced both sugar and wine however Madeira wine went on to become the main export of the island.
A great place to visit to learn more about the history and culture of Madeira is the Madeira Theme Park although it is more suited to younger children and families than a more traditional theme park would normally be. Madeira Theme Park