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Madeira or Costa Del Sol

Melbourne, Australia
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Madeira or Costa Del Sol

I am planning to spend one week in June 2014 in either Funchal, Madeira or

Marbella on the Cost del Sol

I am a very active Australian senior - which would be the best place to visit?

Madeira, Portugal
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1. Re: Madeira or Costa Del Sol

Madeira, without doubt. An Island with spectacular scenery, very good food, no lager louts, lots of walks, very friendly people and safe to be. It is an Island where you can have an activity holiday or just chill out and enjoy the atmosphere. There are many beautiful gardens to visit. many of them have no entrance charge, some excellent museums and good shopping. Around Funchal there is a very good cheap bus service, numerous taxis and open top tour buses.The weather is normally very reliable and very warm. I will list some sights which will give you some photos of the Island and the kind of things to do. If you click on 'gallery' at the top right of this page you will also be able to see visitors photos. You can also look at 'things to do' click on the small box at the top of the page.






I am sure that you would enjoy a holiday here.

Edited: 08 December 2013, 08:26
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Yes i agree with Flowercity Madeira is the best place by far .As she says no lager louts lovely scenery and gardens good weather lovely people safe etc i could go on but enough said.

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Madeira is a dream for honeymooners , travelers and more.

Some reasons to come :

1) The Madeira nature is unique in the world

2) Its Climate is very pleasant and pleasant temperature (16 º to 24 º)

3) The hikes

4) The Food... Is probably one of the best places in the world for a good meat dishes and a fabulous fish

5) The Drinks....The Madeira wine and Madeira poncha are very famous worldwide.

6) The Madeira people ....Friendly and helpful.

7) The organization of excursions with very professionals guides

8) Swimming on the sea (water 18 º to 22 º

9) Tropical fruits very good and exotics

10) Flowers, specially packed to take home (Madeira the island of a thousand flowers)

11) Carnival Event (February-March)

12) The Flower Festival

13) The Festival of the Atlantic (June every weekend)

14) Religious festivities in every villages (May to September)

15) Wine Festival (September)

16) Christmas

17) New Year's Eve (December 31)

18) Boat trips to see the turtles, the dolphins and whales all year but specially from May to November

19) The famous honey cake (you can keep it during one year)

20) The "Bolo do Caco" with butter of garlic

21) The meat speciality "Espetada" and the Fish speciality "Espada Fillet With banana Flambé

22) The public and private gardens

23) The orchids

24) The Big game fishing

25) The very famous handmade Embroideries

26) The Tapestries (goblins)

27) The wicker baskets and mumbles)

28) The Museums

29) The cable car

30) The old town of Funchal

31) Prego Special with coral beer for a good price

32) Very good hotels , Bed & Breakfast and Madeira Rural Accommodation

33) Very good Tourist apartments

34) Only 3 hours from Paris by plane

35) Only 1:30 minutes by plane from Lisbon

36) 55 minutes by plane from the Canary Islands

37) Diving on the sea

38) Only 3 hours from England

39) Only 2:30 h from Spain

40) Only 1:40 h from Azores

41) Only 120 -130 £ P/Day for 2 Pax in a good 5* Hotel in B&B

42) Only 40 -50 £ P/Day in a good Self-catering touristic apartment

43) Safe place to walk and for holidays

44) Levada walk

45) Landscaps

46) Laurissilva

47) Parks

48) Toboggan ride

49) Folk dance

50) Night life

51) Funchal its Monuments

52) Madeira the most desired Harbour for Cruise Ships.

53) Only 15 minutes by plane to Porto Santo and 2:30 h by boat

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4. Re: Madeira or Costa Del Sol

Another vote for Funchal - but of course this is the Madeira forum ;-))

I would be interested to know why Marbella is on your short list? Very different from Funchal - much more flashy and pretentious IMHO

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5. Re: Madeira or Costa Del Sol

Been to Marbaya!!

Nothing there.Maybe if you ask on that forum you can then compare.


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6. Re: Madeira or Costa Del Sol

Madeira is greener and milder than Marbella, despite being southward - Madeira is an Atlantic Island whereas Marbella is by the western Mediterranean Sea.

Imagine a rugged volcanic island 600 kms westward of the coast of Perth, Australia. If such island existed it would be just like Madeira. It would get a great deal of moister from the Southern Indian Ocean, making it a very green island with plenty of plants and flowers as well as with very mild to warm temperatures.

For Marbella, you can imagine any (expensive and up market) town by an imaginary inner sea anywhere inside the southern part of Australia, with arid climate and baking hot summer temperatures.

Hope you can get an idea.

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7. Re: Madeira or Costa Del Sol

Thanks everyone - you have convinced me!!!

I have decided to visit MADEIRA

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