A cause to journey to Madeira in November: a brand new direct flight from the US

Dubbed the “pearl of the Atlantic”, Madeira — an island situated about 670 miles (1078 km) off the Portuguese coast ⁠— has plunging inexperienced valleys and tranquil ocean bays that assist it stay as much as the title. 

Solar-chasing Europeans flock there year-round because of the subtropical local weather ⁠— 70°F (21°C) on common, all 12 months ⁠— however this stunning island could quickly be seeing extra new guests. Beginning on November 3, vacationers from the US can be nearer to experiencing island life on the Portuguese archipelago as SATA Azores Airways launches a 7-hour direct day by day flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy Worldwide Airport (JFK) to the principle metropolis of Funchal.  

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Stroll alongside the levadas in Madeira © Pack-Shot / Shutterstock

Neglect every part you suppose you realize (or may need heard) about Portugal – Madeira is a world aside. It beckons out of doors lovers – mountain climbing alongside the levadas (small irrigation canals) is a singular expertise – and skilled athletes. 

There’s additionally loads to maintain guests busy in November. The trail-running competitors ADN Race will take over Ponta do Sol on the southwest coast. Cultural vacationers even have many occasions and festivals to select from all 12 months lengthy, with the Madeira Trend kicking off in late November.  

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Two glasses of Madeira wine, two cups of fresh espresso coffee and traditional Portuguese honey cake in front of a beautiful view of clay roofs.
Seize a glass of Madeira wine and a deal with and benefit from the surroundings © Ekaterina Pokrovsky / Shutterstock

Recent fish, tender beef skewers and the considered selfmade melting garlic butter on a heat piece of bolo do caco (an area flatbread made with candy potatoes) ought to give foodies sufficient motivation to e book that direct flight. And if it is advisable dig deeper into the gastronomic historical past of Madeira, piece collectively your journey across the Madeira wine (a fortified, candy wine that has been exported from the island because the 1400s) or the domestically produced rum (a byproduct of the Madeiran sugar cane plantations established within the fifteenth century).

And for many who do not match into any journey class and simply wish to wind down admiring dramatic vistas after an incredible meal paired with beautiful native wine, maintain Madeira in thoughts as your go-to vacation spot for a calming escape. 


A visit to Madeira received’t be full with out sampling the distinctive native flavors. Strive Santo António, a family-owned restaurant in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, recognized for conventional espetadas (beef kebabs on laurel department skewers). For an upscale expertise, swing by Il Gallo d’Oro, a two-star Michelin restaurant with an 8- to 11-dish menu (Terroir Expertise) that includes up to date approaches to conventional native dishes. Or go to Regional Flavours – a top-notch Madeiran expertise the place dishes use island-sourced substances.


For a style of the nightlife head to Funchal’s Zona Velha – the historic middle, jam-packed with bars and pubs for a busy nightlife. Courageous the crowds at Mercearia da Poncha to strive the unmissable poncha (a extremely alcoholic drink mixing sugar cane aguardente, honey, sugar and fruit juice). For a low-key tipple, strive Beerhouse – a microbrewery with a view to the Funchal marina and a number of other beers on faucet, together with native Coral.

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Grass-roofed A-frame homes with blue and red trim in Madeira.
Head to the countryside to see the normal homes of Madeira in Santana. Now most homes are uninhabited and vacationer points of interest © Getty Photos


Select the capital metropolis of Funchal for those who’re pressed for time, wish to be near all of the motion (and the airport) and journey on a price range. If you wish to discover outdoors the town, head to the countryside the place yow will discover stress-free holidays at rural tourism homes, surrounded by mountains and forests or nestled in deep valleys: search for lodging in locations like Curral das Freiras or Santana. For a seaside break, Calheta, Ribeira Brava and Ponta do Sol are among the island’s prime locations for seaside escapes.