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Madeira

Cathy's verdict:

Madeira’s year-round sunshine makes it a tempting escape, especially for keen walkers and nature-lovers. And with no single supplement on a wide selection of dates year-round, Classic Collection Holidays gives another incentive to book, along with whale-watching and old town of Funchal, and a friendly atmosphere without enforced socialising.

Recommended tour operator: Classic Collection Holidays

Hotel GirassolSuite for solo occupancyPool at the GirassolGasse in Funchal

Classic Collection Holidays says

Boasting year-round sunshine, a friendly atmosphere, a wide range of places to see and things to do, Madeira is one of our most popular destinations.

  • great hotels for solos
  • no single supplement on selected dates
  • your own double room

We offer a wide range of hotels on the island with a number of special offers exclusively for solo travellers.

The Quinta do Monte Hotel is a classic country-house style hotel set high in the hills above Funchal. It’s elegant, relaxed and a peaceful hideaway.

Quinta do Estreito Vintage House is similarly elegant and boasts stunning views from its commanding position on the southern coast of Madeira.

There’s a fabulous indoor-outdoor pool at the Quinta das Vistas Palace Gardens and we love the health spa at the LTI Pestana Grand, close to Funchal.

The four-star Girassol Hotel enjoys a particularly high number of repeat guests – it all comes down to the hotel’s friendly and relaxed atmosphere, together with the exceptionally courteous service and ideal location in Funchal.

Walk around charming Funchal where highlights include the old town, which is an easy 2km walk away, the Se Cathedral and covered market.

From gentle strolls to strenuous hiking, walkers of all ages and abilities can easily enjoy some of the finest countryside and flora in the world. There’s climbing, scuba-diving, horse-riding, golf, surfing, deep-sea fishing and boat rides for dolphin and whale watching (the peak season is April to October).

British Airways operates direct flights to Funchal from Gatwick.

Find out more about Madeira and our latest deals for solo travellers.

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