Overview

MADEIRA

A place of stunning natural beauty Madeira sits in the middle of the Atlantic surrounded by deep the blue ocean. Claimed by Portugal in 1419 this wonderful island is renowned for it’s flora and fauna and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Madeira attracts all kinds of travellers, most of which visit Madeira to sample a more relaxed holiday, tranquil walks along the rugged coastline or trek deeper into the hills to experience the exotic colours and scents emitted by the plants and vegetation.

However, Madeira isn’t just for the easy life, travellers can always step up the pace with more strenuous activities such as mountain walks, sailing, dolphin and whale watching, scuba diving, surfing or paragliding.

After a day of activity the promenades offer an array of things to see and do, with nearly 1000 bars and restaurants catering for all tastes, there’s something for everybody.

FUNCHAL 

A cosmopolitan and modern city, Fuchal is well known for its countless top class restaurants, impeccable hotels, all year round sunshine and natural beauty… oh yes, and of course superstar footballer Christiano Ronaldo!

By day Funchal is an easy going city surrounded by dramatic mountains offering a colour sensation that teases the senses at every step as you stroll through the cobbled streets. The spectacular large harbor welcomes travellers on vast Atlantic cruise ships on a stop over to farther destinations, disembarking to sample the cafés, bars and restaurants at their leisure.

By night Funchal comes alive with many clubs and bars partying into the small hours, locals gather on the promenade, couples embrace under the moonlight and a festival spirit fills the air.

7 Nights 8 Days 08 Jul, 30 Sep, and 11 Nov
Accommodation

The Views Baia Hotel

Welcome to The Views Baia Hotel, where singles looking for the ultimate getaway in Funchal, Madeira, can experience the top-notch combination of natural beauty, delectable cuisine, and unmatched comfort.

Unparalleled Views: Perched on a hillside, The Views Baia Hotel treats guests to awe-inspiring vistas of Funchal's bay, nestled amidst the picturesque surrounding hills. This adults-only resort in Madeira offers the ideal setting for a tranquil and romantic escape.

Gastronomic Excellence: At DESARMA Restaurant, renowned Chef Octávio Freitas takes you on a culinary journey through traditional Portuguese flavours with a tropical twist. From fresh fish to carefully selected ingredients, your taste buds are in for a treat. It's a battle of flavours that your mouth will never forget.

Dining Options: Indulge in exquisite meals with charm at Bay View Restaurant, open from 7.30am to 10am and 6.30pm to 9pm. For a more relaxed experience, head to the Pool Deck Bar, where you can savour snacks and drinks while taking in the breath-taking surroundings, open from 10am to 6pm.

Accommodation

Beautifully Appointed Rooms - The 238 finely decorated rooms spread across nine floors ensure a comfortable and memorable stay. Each stylishly appointed room features a spacious seating area with a table and two chairs, as well as a flat-screen TV. The private balconies offer panoramic views of Funchal and the stunning Madeira Mountains.

Facilities

Explore the Premier Facilities at The Views Baia Hotel The Views Baia Hotel take pride in offering guests a wide array of world-class facilities, ensuring that your stay is nothing short of exceptional. Nestled in the heart of Funchal, Madeira, the hotel is designed to cater to your every need, whether you're seeking relaxation, adventure, or both.

  • Infinity Pool with a View: Infinity Pool is a true gem, providing a breath-taking vantage point over Funchal Bay. Take a refreshing dip while enjoying the panoramic scenery and let the tranquillity wash over you.
  • Pool Deck Bar: Adjacent to the infinity pool, the Pool Deck Bar is the perfect spot to unwind with a cocktail or indulge in a light snack. It's the ideal place to soak up the sun and the natural beauty that surrounds you.
  • Wellness and Spa Centre: Rejuvenate your body and mind at our Wellness and Spa Centre. Pamper yourself with a wide range of treatments and massages, all designed to enhance your sense of well-being and relaxation.
  • Fitness Centre: Stay active and maintain your fitness routine at our state-of-the-art fitness centre. Equipped with modern exercise machines, it's the ideal place to keep in shape while enjoying your holiday.
  • Fine Dining Restaurants: Satisfy your culinary desires at our exceptional restaurants. Whether you're dining at DESARMA Restaurant, where innovative flavours take centre stage, or savouring traditional Portuguese dishes at Bay View Restaurant, you'll be treated to exquisite cuisine.
  • 24-Hour Reception: Friendly and attentive staff are available around the clock to assist you with any requests or inquiries, ensuring your stay is hassle-free.
  • Free Wi-Fi: Stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel, so you can share your Madeira experiences with friends and family.
  • Convenient Location: The Views Baia Hotel is strategically located, making it easy to explore the charming city of Funchal, visit nearby attractions, or simply enjoy leisurely walks along the bay.
The Views Baia Hotel is dedicated to making your stay unforgettable and our exceptional facilities are here to ensure you have everything you need for a truly remarkable experience.

DATES & PRICES
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Price Includes

What is included in the tour

  • Stay at the 4* The View Baia Hotel  (Adults Only)
  • Your own single occupancy en suite room 
  • Half Board - Daily breakfast & dinner
  • Flights from London Gatwick
  • Flights from your local airport at a small supplement
  • All UK Taxes & Surcharges
  • Airport transfers
  • Services of a GoSingles Rep on holiday
  • Welcome get together
  • Coordinated site-seeing and activities (Optional Extra)
  • Meet other single, like-minded travellers who wish to socialise and make new friends

Flight Timings - (MAY to OCT)

Outbound - London Gatwick 14:00 - Funchal 17:50

Inbound - Funchal 18:35 - London Gatwick 22:35 

Flight Timings - (NOV to APR)

Outbound - London Gatwick 07:10 - Funchal 10:55

Inbound - Funchal 12:00 - London Gatwick 15:40

 

Price excludes Tourist Tax of approximately Euro 2/ person/ day to be paid locally

Activities

Solo Traveller’s Ultimate Walking Itinerary in Madeira

Introduction: Welcome to Madeira, a paradise for solo travellers seeking an unforgettable adventure through lush landscapes, pristine forests, and breath-taking waterfalls. This specially crafted 5-day walking itinerary is designed for single adventurers, taking you on a journey through the heart of Madeira's natural beauty. Get ready for an enriching experience as you explore captivating trails, encounter unique flora and fauna, and discover the island's hidden gems.

As a solo traveller, Madeira offers you an extraordinary opportunity to connect with nature and experience the island's unique beauty. This 5-day walking itinerary will lead you through lush forests, past waterfalls, and along breath-taking coastal paths, ensuring a memorable journey filled with wonder and tranquillity. Get ready to create lasting memories in Madeira, where every step brings you closer to the island's natural treasures.

Day 1: Ribeiro Frio – Portela - Full Day

Begin your solo adventure in Madeira with a full day of exploration at Ribeiro Frio and Portela. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing Laurissilva forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site, teeming with endemic plants and exotic bird species. This moderate walk will guide you through the oldest wooded laurel on the island, providing a tranquil and serene environment that's perfect for solitary reflection.

  • Distance: 11 Kms
  • Duration: 4–4.30 hours
  • Difficulty: Grade 3 (Moderate walk)

Day 2: Rabaçal/25 Fontes - Full Day

Day two takes you to the enchanting Rabaçal, a magical place adorned with waterfalls, fountains, and lagoons. As you meander along the path, you'll encounter an array of endemic flora and fauna. The highlight of this moderate walk is the breathtaking waterfalls cascading into a magnificent lagoon. Solo travellers will be captivated by the natural beauty and tranquillity of this hidden gem.

  • Distance: 11 Kms
  • Duration: 4–4.30 hours
  • Difficulty: Grade 2 (Moderate walk)

Day 3: Larano - Full Day

Embark on an adventure from Porto da Cruz Village to Machico, following a trail that's beloved by locals. This moderate walk offers spectacular views of the North Coast and the vast ocean, with the possibility of spotting Porto Santo Island on a clear day. While it may present some vertigo-inducing moments, the scenic vistas make it a worthwhile journey for solo travellers.

  • Distance: 11 Kms
  • Duration: 4–4.30 hours
  • Difficulty: Grade 2 (Moderate walk with some vertigo)

Day 4: The Lakes Walk "Lagoa do Vento" - Full Day

On day four, explore the beauty of the North Coast once again, starting from Porto da Cruz Village to Machico. This trail, a local favourite, offers stunning views of the coastline and the ocean, including the distant Porto Santo Island. This moderate walk promises a journey filled with natural wonders and captivating vistas.

  • Distance: 10 Kms
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Grade 3 (Moderate walk)

Day 5: Queimadas - Caldeirão Verde - Full Day (Available on Saturdays)

Wrap up your solo walking adventure with a visit to the emerald green paradise of Queimadas, nestled within the delicate Laurisilva Forest. Along this moderately challenging trail, you'll encounter abundant vegetation and a levada with a constant flow of water. Passing through short tunnels, you'll arrive at the awe-inspiring Caldeirão Verde waterfall, a natural wonder that forms a stunning caldron. Queimadas Walk is a popular choice for solo travellers, offering a remarkable finale to your Madeira adventure.

  • Distance: 13.5 Kms
  • Duration: 4 - 5 hours
  • Difficulty: Grade 3 (Moderate walk with slight vertigo)

Includes: Your standard holiday package, TO/ FRO transfers from The View Baia Hotel, Fully guided walking & Picnic lunch

Essential: Choose Sturdy Boots, Hiking Poles, Reusable Water Bottle, Sun Protection Cream, Electrolytes tablets or a sports drink

Plan for Variable Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions in Madeira. Even in spring and autumn, you may encounter rain or sudden temperature drops at higher elevations.

Resort Activities

Funchal, the capital city of Madeira, is a stunning destination with a wide range of activities and sightseeing opportunities to explore its natural beauty and vibrant culture. Here are 200 words listing some of the top things to do and see in Funchal:

  • Monte Palace Tropical Garden: Stroll through lush gardens showcasing exotic plants, koi ponds, and Asian-themed sculptures.
  • Madeira Botanical Garden: Explore a diverse collection of plants, including native and endangered species.
  • Funchal Old Town (Zona Velha): Wander the historic streets, lined with colourful houses, charming shops, and cosy cafes.
  • Funchal Cathedral: Admire the beautiful architecture of this 15th-century cathedral.
  • Cable Car Ride: Take a cable car to Monte for panoramic views of Funchal and the coastline.
  • Monte Toboggan Run: Experience the thrill of riding downhill in a traditional wicker toboggan.
  • Madeira Wine Tasting: Visit one of the many wineries to sample the famous Madeira wine.
  • Mercado dos Lavradores: Explore the bustling farmer's market, known for its exotic fruits, fresh fish, and flowers.
  • Funchal Marina: Enjoy a leisurely walk along the harbour, lined with restaurants and bars.
  • CR7 Museum: Discover the life and career of Cristiano Ronaldo, the famous footballer born in Madeira.
  • São Tiago Fortress: Visit this historic fortress, now a contemporary art museum.
  • Pico do Arieiro: Hike or drive to the third-highest peak on the island for breath-taking views.
  • Jardim do Mar: Visit this picturesque coastal village known for its stunning sunsets and surfing.
  • Levada Walks: Explore the island's unique irrigation channels on one of the many Levada walks.
  • Whale and Dolphin Watching: Embark on a boat tour to spot these magnificent marine creatures in their natural habitat.
From botanical beauty to cultural heritage and thrilling adventures, Funchal offers a diverse array of activities that cater to all interests and ages, making it a fantastic destination for any traveller.

Destination
Madeira
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Holiday Types
Festive, Sun & Sand, Winter Sun, First Singles Holiday, Over 50s, Late Deals