Madeira Carnival

8 Days

7th Feb 2018 - From £859pp


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The island of Madeira is lapped by the waters of the Gulf Stream. Blessed with warm summers and mild winters it makes it an enchanting holiday destination all year round. When you arrive in Madeira, take a good look around. The pleasant soothing colours invade the senses with the different shades of green set against an azure sea – the hallmark of the subtropics.
Funchal – Europe’s most picturesque and cleanest capital. It is a modern, cosmopolitan city, well known for its many top class restaurants, stunning new 4 & 5 star hotels and of course its most famous export, world class footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. In short, it is now known for its style as well as its substance. The city itself is nestled in a great natural amphitheatre, facing the blue Atlantic with a backdrop of dramatic mountains. Located in the stunning south of Madeira, on its sunniest coast amidst banana plantations and wonderful gardens where flowers bloom all year round in the shelter of the verdant mountains, it is an extremely lush, green and relaxed city by day but scratch Funchal’s surface and you will find it to have a vibrant and varied nightlife scene with multiple personalities.

Madeira Carnival
This is an annual festival held forty days before Easter ending on Shrove Tuesday (known locally as Fat Tuesday or Terca-feira Gorda in Portugese) the day before Ash Wednesday or first day of Lent. One of the first major festivals of the year on the island, The Madeira carnival is known as one of the best in Europe. Traditionally there are two main parades which are very different from each other. The allegoric parade, which always takes place on Saturday, is the more sophisticated of the two. Numerous Samba groups with thousands of particpants in magnificent and colourful costumes dance to electrifying Samba music through the streets of the capital Funchal, spreading an ambience evoking that of the Rio Carnival.
The second parade, called trapalhao, is older and used to occur all over the island, now it floods the streets of the city centre with thrilling joy on Terca-feira Gorda, ending the carnival period. Anybody can take part in this parade and the - sometimes quite daring - costumes and depicted caricatures are left to the participants’ own imagination.


Funchal, the Madeiran capital

An exciting toboggan ride in Funchal

Funchal from Pico dos Barcelos

Day 1: Flight to Madeira
Check in at your selected airport for the flight to Funchal. Transfer to the hotel Raga included.

Day 2: Explore local history
Morning free. Half-day afternoon tour including the Quinta das Cruzes museum of ancient buildings, orchids, porcelain, furniture and silverware or the Frederico de Freitas museum created by a lawyer and art collector. Visit the Santa Clara Convent and finish the tour at the church of the Colegio.

Day 3: Explore Madeira
Morning half-day tour to the centre of the island. Travel to Pico dos Barcelos, west of the capital for amazing views then stop at Eira do Serrado, a look out point on a crater in the `village of the nuns’ Curral des Freiras. Continue to Monte to see the grave of Charles I of Austria. If you fancy you can descend a 1.5 km track by toboggan.

Day 4: Carnival Day 1
Allegoric carnival day. Transfer into Funchal and take your seats (included) to watch the colourful procession.

Day 5: Free day

Day 6: Island tour
Full day excursion with lunch. Visit Camara da Lobos where Winston Churchill painted, Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Madalena do Mar, Loreto and the plateau of Paul da Serra protected by UNESCO. Travel to Porto Moniz with it’s lava pools and enjoy lunch by the sea at Sao Vicente. Retun via the Encumeada Pass and the Serra d’Agua valley, a World Heritage Site.

Day 7: Carnival Day 2
It’s Trapalhao carnival day.

Day 8: Return flight to UK
Transfer to Funchal airport and check in for your flight back to your selected airport.

Your Hotel

Hotel Raga pool

Hotel Raga – 4 Star
Idyllically situated on a hillside in the heart of Funchal’s renowned Lido area and commanding spectacular views of the surroundings from its high vantage point, the 4-star Hotel Raga is the perfect destination for a comfortable and relaxing holiday in the magical island of Madeira.
Just a short distance away from the city centre, the hotel has easy access to the popular Lido swimming pools and sea and is surrounded by a selection of shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. The nearby coastal Lido promenade, lined with a colourful array of typical Madeira flowers, provides plenty of opportunity for picturesque strolls along the seafront.
The hotel provides all the comfort and well-being of a newly refurbished hotel that has earned a solid reputation for welcoming visitors to the island. All of its rooms have balconies, some offering breathtaking views of the sea, while its broad range of facilities promises to make your stay a pleasant one. A dip in the swimming pool, a refreshing drink by the pool or a quick work-out in the fitness centre before heading out to explore the rest of Madeira are just some of the enticements on offer.
A new outdoor swimming pool overlooks the sea and the surrounding Lido attractions and offers a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the views and sun without having to venture out. Drinks, light meals and snacks are available from the swimming pool bar.
Land-View Rooms
Land-view rooms look out over the hill behind the hotel and have a balcony with a table and two chairs. The comfortable, modern decor is complemented by a flat screen satellite TV, air conditioning, telephone, mini-bar, safe, sofa, desk and chair. Bathrooms are en-suite with a bath, shower and hairdryer.
Sea-View Rooms
The hotel’s enviable hillside location ensures that its sea-view rooms offer fabulous views of the Atlantic ocean and the Lido promenade.

The hotel‘s rooftop restaurant

A sea-view room


  • Return flights with luggage to Funchal - supp’t may apply - see below

  • Return airport to hotel transfers

  • 7 nights sharing a land view room

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners from the buffet, plus afternoon coffee and cake

  • Drinks included with lunch and dinner - aperitifs, local wine, beer, soft drinks and local spirits

  • Live entertainment 3 times per week (subject to change)

  • Use of the hotel gym and outdoor heated pool

  • Porterage

  • Excursions as stated including seating for Madeira Carnival


  • Single room supplement £150pp

  • Sea view supplement £70pp


Return flights are possible from Bristol & Gatwick direct to Madeira. On arrival transfer to the hotel.

  • Flights are subject to availability at time of booking and a supplement may apply. Includes 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked in bag per person.

  • Transfer time from Funchal Airport to the hotel is approximately 25 minutes.

  • Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.