Holidays to Santo da Serra introduce you to golf courses and hiking trails with unspoiled views across Portugal's volcanic island.

High tee

If you didn't think Madeira was a golf destination, think again. Among the eastern mountains, rolling hills and dense forests of this little island south-west of mainland Portugal, Santo da Serra has managed to squeeze in its own 27-hole course. And as expected, the scenery's jaw-dropping.

Wild walks

There's plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs, with hiking trails meandering towards forests and hills straight from town. A 10-minute drive west will take you to Quinta do Riacho, where you can take a rest and ride the trails on horseback.

Fun in Funchal

It's an easy 30-minute drive to Madeira's capital, Funchal – and with enough there to keep you busy from noon till night, it's worth the trip. Be sure to tour the hotspots, including the city's botanical garden and cathedral, and leave enough time for a delicious seafood dinner on the promenade.

At a Glance

  • Soak up the view from the local golf course
  • Connect with nature on a hike through the hills
  • Up the pace for a day with a trip to Funchal