Madeira, Portugal Meeting Planning Overview
Breathtaking scenery, unique wines, a pleasant climate, and vibrant culture run deep in Portugual's Madeira, an archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa. The main island of Madeira is graced with high cliffs, beaches, and natural lava pools, with the center of action in the capital city of Funchal. Complete with botanical gardens, a harbor, and an Old Town cobblestone district lined with shops, restaurants, and nightlife, Funchal is also the center of Madeira's vibrant annual festivals.
Those flying into Madeira come through the Aeroporto Internacional de Madeira, which sits about eight miles outside of Funchal. Visitors can utilize several bus companies that provide urban and interurban service in Madeira, as well as hop aboard one of Madeira's aerial tramways that offer access to remote areas. One of Madeira's most popular tramway is the Funchal Cable Car, which runs between funchal and the Monte hills.
Perched on a clifftop just a short drive west from Old Town Funchal, the VidaMar Resort Hotel welcomes groups to meet in its complex of 16 meeting rooms divided between its hotel and Congress Centre. Meetings are made better here, thanks to the resort's Atlantic views, natural light, and laid-back yet refined atmosphere. Groups can also gather at the Centro de Congressos de Madeira at the Casino de Madeira, which features a 600-person auditorium and a flexible conference hall.
Groups can take meetings outside, thanks to Madeira's variety of activities and adventures, including sailing and dolphin-watching charters. Teambuilding opportunities abound here, thanks to Madeira's hiking, climing, surfing, and windsurfing. Groups can also slow down by enjoying traditional Portuguese fare and wine at Madeira's celebrated restaurants, many of which offering group dining space.