Madeira on a budget – Accommodation
For all those visiting Madeira, but have a very limited budget, I have prepared a new series of posts about cheap, cheaper or free options for meals, accommodation and transport in Madeira. Today, a couple of ideas for free or cheap accommodation in Madeira.
- Madeira on a budget – Accommodation
- Cheap accommodation in Madeira
- Hostels in Madeira
- CouchSurfing in Madeira
- Airbnb or private villa’s / apartments for rent in Madeira
- Tourist shelters in Madeira & Porto Santo
- Free camping sites in Madeira
Cheap accommodation in Madeira
1. Budget hotels
I heard a couple of friends saying that they were planning a holiday in Madeira, but quit after searching the term “hotel Madeira” on Google and seeing the hotel prices in Funchal…
The top suggestions can indeed scare many, however, they do not represent the entire Madeira. If you look a bit further than the top Google suggestions for the centre of Funchal, you will find smaller and cheaper guest houses and budget hotels easily.
Such hotels are harder to find, but they are there.
2. How to find affordable hotels in Madeira?
Instead of searching for the term “hotel” I recommend using „Pensão Funchal”, “Residencial Funchal” or “Pensão + location”.
As you can see, those results are incomparably better than the hotels in the touristic part of Funchal.
3. List of budget hotels and guest houses in Madeira
Here is a list of affordable places to stay in Madeira:
- Pensão Astoria (***)
- Pensão Residencial Vila Teresinha (**)
- Residencial Funchal (**)
- Zarco Residencial (***)
- Pensão Residencial A Casa do Caseiro (****)
- Residencial Parque (***)
- Residencial Mirasol (***)
- Residencial Colombo (***)
- Residencial Greco (***)
- Residencial Chafariz (**)
- Hotel Sirius (**)
- Residencial Monaco (*)
- Residencial do Vale
- Residencial Pina
- Residencial Mariazinha
- Residencial Melba Funchal
- Hospedaria Por Do Sol
Residencial Mariazinha is recommended for those, who are interested in staying in the Old Town of Funchal, next door to good restaurants, live Fado music places, art galleries and local Poncha bars, such as our beloved – Venda Velha.
Residencial Mariazinha is on the higher end of budget options when compared to other “Residencial” hotels in Funchal, but it has a great rating of 4,4/5 on Google.
At this very moment, Residencial Zarco , for example, is half the price, but it is rated 3,3 stars. Zarco is also very conveniently located on the “Praça Colombo” square, called by some locals also the “Yellow Square / Praça Amarela”.
This one is also a great option for those already looking forward to discovering the nightlife of Funchal and long marathons of Poncha drinking (a famous local drink made with aguardiente), as Zarco is located a minute (!) away from our second most favourite Poncha place – Rei da Poncha.
Hostels in Madeira
If you are fine with sharing a room with strangers to considerably cut your costs, or, if you travel in a big group, hostels would be a great option. Most of the Madeira hostels are modern and have high guest ratings. Most of the Madeira hotels are located in Funchal.
CouchSurfing in Madeira
There are currently around 840 registered hosts offering free of costs accommodation in Madeira Island. [ LINK ]CouchSurfing shouldn’t, however, be treated as a “free hotel”, but rather a great way to discover Madeira with the locals, get to know another culture and meet new people.
On the other hand, if we value our freedom, or, if we travel in a big group, a better compromise will be:
Airbnb or private villa’s / apartments for rent in Madeira
Most of our foreign wedding guest wasn’t interested in staying at the wedding hotel. Most of them chose Airbnb, in accordance with their budget, preferences and holiday plans. All of them rented entire apartments accommodating entire groups under one roof, and thanks to the access to the kitchen and laundry, they felt much more comfortable and saved a lot.
If you have never used the AirBnb service, I encourage you to register using my referral link:
If you use this link to sign up, you will get €25 in travel credit. Full terms & conditions can be found [HERE]
Tourist shelters in Madeira & Porto Santo
As you can read on the official website, there are in total seven public tourist shelter houses in Madeira Archipelago – six on Madeira and one on Porto Santo:
- Casa do Lombo do Mouro shelter (or actually: two separate buildings, listed separately on the website) – located between Encumeada & Paul da Serra / route PR17 (Caminho do Pinaculo – Folhadal)
- Casa do Abrigo do Cedro shelter on Montado do Pereiro in Santa Cruz
- Casa de Abrigo das Sorveiras shelter in Monte (Funchal area), between Chão da Lagoa and Poço da Neve
- Rocha do Navio shelter, located on Fajã da Rocha do Navio (“Fajã” is a Portuguese term for is a piece of flat, very fertile land, created by a flowing lava, which is located at the bottom of the cliff, cut off on one side by the cliff, on the other by water. There are a couple of fajã’s on Madeira Island, be sure to visit at least one of them)
- Casa de Abrigo do Pico das Pedras shelter in Santana – the newest addition, added to the list in October last year
- On Porto Santo: Casa Pico Branco Shelter
The most popular and frequently rented out tourist shelters in Madeira are Lombo do Mouro, Abrigo das Sorveiras & Abrigo do Cedro.
On the website, you will find a map, gallery and a reservation form, which isn’t unfortunately very user-friendly for foreign tourists. The website is only available in Portuguese.
The price is fixed – 25 euro per night.
If you have slept in one of those shelters, I am extremely interested in your reviews and your tips. Would you recommend this option to other tourists? Please leave a comment below!
Free camping sites in Madeira
Yes, thre are both commercial, affordable and free, public campsites in Madeira.
I have already mentioned them in one of my previous posts “Backpacking & hitchhiking in Madeira”, be sure to check it!
In order to sleep on one of these free campsites, you need a permission from the Instituto das Florestas e Conservacao da Natureza – IFCN, because the campsites are located within the national parks.
You should apply well in advance, as sometimes it takes time to receive a response. Do not leave it until the last moment.
The short application form “Formulário Campismo” can be found on:
And you? Have you stayed in any of the budget hotels, hostels or shelters in Madeira? Do you have any other tips for budget accommodation on Madeira?
Let us know in the comments!