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Garajau lies on the south east coast of Madeira, close to both the capital Funchal and the airport. Madeira is a beautiful fertile island with spectacular scenery, where steep cliffs drop into the sea and terraced gardens are filled with vibrant flowers. It enjoys a sub-tropical climate with pleasantly hot summers and warm winters. Garajau is an upmarket residential area offering excellent accommodation for visitors. It is a good base from which to explore the capital and to enjoy the many walking trails.
Garajau offers year round sunshine with no extremes of temperature, and beautiful surroundings. Being close to Funchal, visitors can combine culture and history with sun bathing, water sports, walking and shopping.
A Garajau holiday is popular with couples of all ages. Although sandy beaches are strictly limited, the sea water pools make a good substitute. Ramblers of all levels of fitness come to Madeira to walk along the levadas, the system of irrigation channels that carried water from the wetter north to the drier south of the island.
Garajau is a year round holiday destination with no extremes of temperature. The summers are pleasantly hot with temperatures lying in the mid-twenties and the winters are only slightly lower.
Garajau is a very pleasant residential area, a short distance from Funchal on the sunny south east coast of Madeira. The resort lies above a rocky headland which provides nesting sites for hundreds of sea birds. The waters here are classified as a nature reserve where seals, dolphins and whales are protected. Access to the waterfront and the small beach is via cable car. A figure of Christ with outstretched arms stands on the headland.
Garajau’s hotels, villas and apartments are of an exceptional standard, offering a high standard of luxury. Its restaurants serve international cuisine and cater for most tastes. Although the shops can supply all your holiday needs, if more choice of goods is needed Funchal is only a short ride away.
Garajau makes an ideal holiday base being close to the capital and also to Canico with its pebbled beach, its sea water swimming pools and its diving schools. The waters around Madeira abound with sea life and offer great opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving. Garajau is also popular with hikers as many of the levada walks begin here. Golfers have a choice of two good courses.
A Garajau holiday offers ideal temperatures, stunning scenery and a wealth of recreational facilities and sightseeing opportunities.
Nightlife in Madeira is fairly low key and Garajau is no exception. Evenings are spent in bars and restaurants or strolling along the sea front. Funchal has many bars and restaurants where visitors can spend a very pleasant evening, but late night entertainment is generally limited to the weekends, Friday and Saturday to be precise.
Garajau has a supermarket, a bakery and several small convenience stores supplying essential provisions. The capital, Funchal, can be reached in ten minutes by car and it is a shopaholics dream with an amazing number of high quality shops. The San Quiteria centre has over eighty retailers as well as entertainment for the family and a large number of restaurants.
As you would expect of an island in the Atlantic, Madeira cuisine relies heavily on fish and there is a large variety from which to choose. There are several good restaurants in Garajau serving a diverse cuisine that caters for most tastes. Eating out is fairly inexpensive. Have a ‘nikita’ while you are in Madeira. It is a combination of beer, ice-cream and pineapple which, though it may not immediately appeal, is really rather tasty.