LOCATION: on a hill, in the eastern part of the island, approx. 2,5 km from the centre of CANICAL, approx. 34 km from the island's capital - Funchal; approx. 14 km from the airport in Santa Cruz; bus stop by the hotel; free hotel bus to Funchal (earlier reservation required).
BEACH: public, rocky, steep descend to the sea, right next to the hotel; beach in the town of Machico, public, one of the few sandy beaches in Madeira, artificial, golden sand from Morocco, gently shelving beach, approx. 8 km from the hotel, umbrellas, sunbeds and mattresses payable; Prainha beach, natural black sand, gently shelving beach, approx. 1 km from the hotel, bar and restaurant by the beach, umbrellas, sunbeds and mattresses payable.
HOTEL: five-star, built in 2012, 143 rooms, 5 buildings, 3 floors, lobby, 24h reception, main restaurant Flor de Sal – buffet meals, international cuisine, children's highchairs and menu available, vegetarian dishes, Lord’s restaurant with ocean-view - à la carte, waiting service, international cuisine, children's highchairs and menu available; snack bar by the marina, pool bar, bar by natural swimming pool by the beach, Bar N'Tonic - seasonally live music; conference centre for 290 people, garden with an area of 30 thousand m², free wireless Internet; extra charges: childcare, laundry; floor height differences and steps occur - not recommended for persons with mobility limitations; domestic pets up to 5 kg welcome (approx. 25 EUR/day); credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express
ROOM: standard: 2-person (1 extra bed for children available), approx. 40 m², individually controlled air-conditioning, bathroom (bath, shower, wc; hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers, cosmetics mirror), wireless Internet, satellite TV (LCD), radio, telephone; extra charges: safety deposit box; free cot for children up to 2 years old; balcony or terrace (table and chairs); sea-view at a charge.
APARTMENT: standard: 4-person, approx. 50 m², individually steered air-conditioning, standard room furnishing, additionally kitchenette; apartment and sea-view at a charge.
SPORT AND ENTERTAINMENT: swimming pool, free-form, heated in season, sweet water, approx. 180 m², depth up to 1.3 m, waterfall, separate section for children, approx. 15 m², depth up to 0.3 m, swimming pool, rectangular, sweet water, approx. 145 m², depth up to 1.5 m, heated in season, natural swimming pool by the beach, mixed water, approx. 120 m², depth up to 1.5 m, umbrellas and sunbeds available by the pool free of charge; playroom for children (2-11 y.o.), occasionally live music; extra charges: tennis court, pool table, games room, multifunctional sports field, wellness centre: care treatments; external offer: golf course.
ALL INCLUSIVE: buffet breakfast (7.3010.30), buffet lunch (12.30-14.30), buffet dinner (18.30-22.00) or served in the main restaurant; snacks in the main restaurant (16.00-17.00); soft drinks and local alcoholic drinks in indicated bars (11.00-23.00); wearing all inclusive bands is required.
CONTACT: 00351/291969830, www.quintadolorde.pt
Times of serving meals and the functioning of certain hotel infrastructure elements may be subject to minor changes due to the season, weather conditions, Guests' requests or force majeure, which the hotel management will not have an influence on.
Pilot: tourists are looked after by a Polish resident, whose tasks include help upon arrival, departure and stay, as well as registration for local trips.
Visas: not required.
Flight duration: Warsaw – Funchal – approx. 5.5 h
Local time: GMT
Language: Portuguese; communication in English also possible.
Capital of the island: Funchal.
Voltage: 220 V.
Currency: euro (EUR).
Prices in the hotel and restaurant: lunch – from 12 EUR, soft drink – approx. 2 EUR, beer – approx. 2 EUR, wine – approx. 4 EUR.
Transport: quite efficient and inexpensive (taxi, local buses).
Beaches: mostly rocky od shingle, free entry; beach service (2 sunbeds + umbrella) – approx. 10 EUR/day.
The islands online: www.madeiratourism.org, www.madeiratourism.org
Local trips: organised by local tourist agencies on terms specified by them. There is a possibility, that if there are too few participants, a trip may be cancelled.
The magical island is 500 km from the coast of Africa and 1,000 km from Europe. Out of habit Madeira is called an island, but it is in fact an archipelago - there are more islands. In addition to Madeira, the largest of the Islands is Porto Santo (approx. 40 km from Madeira) with a beautiful beach. The archipelago is created also by two groups of small islands: Ilhas Desertas and Ilhas Selvagens. Tourism, alongside the production of Madeira wine and agricultural crops, is the main source of income for residents of the island. The hotel offer is characterised by a very high standard. Until recently, Madeira was for tourists from Poland only an unfeasible and difficult to access point on the map. But, like anywhere in the world, you can also find Polish traces here. There is a hypothesis that Władysław Warneńczyk survived the battle of Varna and found refuge on the island of Madeira. Marshal Piłsudski also spent a few winter months here on the recommendation of a doctor. The popular TV series "Now or never" gave the island good advertising - it is here, during holidays in Madeira, that its main characters met. Madeira Island offers many attractions to its comers. It is in the capital of the island of Funchal that magnificent fireworks at on New Year's Eve take place - it is worth welcoming the New Year here. Those who are thirsty for sensations will like the island during the carnival period - the streets of Funchal are full of lively colourful parades.
The centre of the island - day trip; cable car ride over the rooftops of the city of Funchal. Visiting: the sanctuary of Our Lady on Monte hill, tropical garden with Madeira's relic endemic vegetation. The picturesque mountain road leads to the heart of the island, where from panoramic terraces of Eira do Serrado you can admire the breathtaking view of the mountain precipices. Transfer to a secluded village, Nuns Valley, tasting of local specialties - chestnut liqueurs. The route leads to the other side of the mountain range, to Câmara de Lobos - a typical fishing village, Winston Churchill's favourite place. Optionally: a crazy downhill ride on wicker sleighs from Monte Hill (additionally payable). Price - approx. 83 EUR (includes lunch with drinks, entry fees to visited objects, tasting of liqueurs, Polish guide care).
The west of the island - day trip; a unique opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views, e.g. the highest cliff in Europe, Cabo Girão. The route of the tour takes you through a typical fishing village Ribeira Brava to Encumenada pass, from where in favourable weather conditions you can watch the panoramic view of the north and south coasts. Transfer through the ancient laurel forest, which is under the patronage of UNESCO. Sightseeing: lava caves and Multimedia Volcanic Centre in São Vicente, natural lava pools in Porto Moniz. Passage through the remarkable "Madeiran Tundra", the Paul da Serra plateau. Price - approx. 60 EUR (includes lunch with drinks, entry fees to visited objects, Polish guide care).
The east of the island - day trip; visit to the Botanical Garden with 2,000 species of flowering plants, a small aviary and panoramic views of the entire city. Seeing the rainbow trout farm in Ribeiro Frio, a walk along the levada through the ancient Laurissilva forest. A visit to the heritage park of traditional houses with thatched roofs in the village of Santana, admiring the cliff landscape of the peninsula of St Lawrence, vantage points with a panorama of Eagle Rock, the islands of Porto Santo, Desertas and the runway of the airport supported on 180 columns. Price - approx. 58 EUR (includes lunch with drinks, entry fees to visited objects, Polish guide care).
Evening with fado and Madeiran folklore - dinner in a traditional restaurant comprised of specialties of the cuisine: espetada (grilled meat) with polenta (fried cornmeal), soup, salad, boiled vegetables, dessert. The dinner is accompanied by the performance of a folk band (singing and dancing, traditional instruments) and then a concert of Portuguese fado songs performed by one of the best female singers on the island. Price - approx. 35 EUR (includes dinner with drinks).
Levada - Madeira is famous for its canals, which provide every corner of the island with water from the mountains. They were built here already in the days of the first Portuguese colonizers. Along the canals many trekking routes of varying difficulty were created. Here are 2 of them:
Levada Referta - level: easy, about 5 km, trekking time: approx. 2 h, on the route: farmlands, groves of banana trees, views of the famous Eagle Rock - Penha d'Águia and village of Porto da Cruz. Price – approx. 25 EUR (includes transport and the care of an English-speaking mountain guide).
Levada Rabacal - level: average, approx. 13 km, trekking time: approx. 4 h, on the route: the high waterfall Risco and cascade "25 springs" consisting of many waterfalls, protected laurel forest Laurissilva. Price – approx. 35 EUR (includes transport and the care of an English-speaking mountain guide).
Local excursions are organized by local travel agencies under the conditions fixed by them. It's possible to disorganize trips due to low number of applicants.