The restrictions placed on different destinations around the world has left travel-lovers like ourselves here at icelolly.com longing for that next dreamy getaway more than ever before, and despite the disruption caused on the industry by COVID-19, holiday enthusiasts have found a different way to get their fix.
Instagram is a great way to get to grips with a particular holiday spot before you actually visit, and with the likes of Spain, France and Turkey all placed on the UK’s quarantine list in recent times, Madeira is a place that has grown in popularity amongst would-be travellers.
Keep scrolling for Insta-inspiration all about this island holiday destination, and visit our competition page to find out how you could win a holiday to Madeira for two people!
The best way to get a true idea of the history and culture of a destination is to visit its Old Town, and that’s no different when it comes to a trip to Madeira. Funchal is the island’s capital and home to a glorious setting of aging yet beautiful buildings, stunning architecture and just a real sense of times gone by in general.
Take a walking tour to ensure you get a full glimpse of all its glory, and remember to take your camera as these snaps are certain to up your Insta game!
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Yes you have read that correctly. The exquisite and rather uniquely named Valley of the Nuns is situated roughly around 45 minutes away from Funchal and is an area that received such a title years and years ago when local nuns would hide within the valley from looting pirates.
But don’t worry, the pirates are long gone now and a visit here should certainly be on your Madeira travel radar if you love exploring the countryside and setting eyes upon some pretty extraordinary scenery.
Located just under 30 miles northeast of Madeira is Porto Santo Island – another must-visit during any trip to the region. It’s full of gloriously golden sand coastline, including a 9km stretch of beach that is quite the appeal for tourists.
It’s pretty easily accessible from Madeira so make sure to block out a day to take a look for yourself and don’t forget to fill your belly at one of the top-notch seafood restaurants that can be found in Vila Baleria.
As with most holiday destinations located in this part of the world, Madeira’s coastline is dampened with crystal clear turquoise waters that wash upon the shore to make for the perfect feet paddling photo.
Suitably warmed by the sublime sunshine (almost all year round), you can also enjoy a boat ride out into the calmer areas and dive in for a swim to cool off when the heat gets too hot to handle. Just make sure to take some sort of waterproof camera so you get that perfectly-time action shot.
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This hugely impressive spot is a geological formation that came as a result of volcanic heating and cooling many, many years ago and produced these striking pillars.
Even non-geological enthusiasts can appreciate the natural beauty of this part of the island, which can be found in the side of the mountains and accessible by car, organised transfer or our personal favourite – a rental bike so you get to take in every inch of beauty when making your journey over there.
Have these stunning Insta shots tempted you to add Madeira to your holiday wish list? Don’t forget you can enter our competition to win yourself and a plus one a trip there!