Madeira on a budget – Accommodation
For all those of you visiting Madeira on a 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 stays on Madeira.
1. Budget hotels in Madeira
If you are a budget traveller and search for the English term “hotel Madeira” on Google, the top results might scare you off. But don’t worry, it is rather easy to find cheap stays, guest houses and smaller, budget hotels on Madeira.
2. How to find affordable hotels in Madeira?
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 stays in Madeira:
- Pensão Astoria (***)
- Pensão Residencial Vila Teresinha (**)
- Residencial Funchal (**)
- ResidencialZarco (***)
- 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 Monumental
Right now, the best rated budget stays (according to TripAdvisor) are:
Here is a list of all the budget stays available on TripAdvisor.
For all wheelchair travellers trying to travel on a budget as well, we would also like to recommend a perfectly located 2-star hotel which is the only hotel adjusted to wheelchair users in that rural part of the island. See: Costa Linda Hotel
Residencial Mariazinha is recommended for those, who would love to stay directly in the Old Town of Funchal, next door to a number of 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 moment, Residencial Zarco for example, is half the price, but it is only rated 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 Residencial Zarco is located a minute (!) away from our second most favourite Poncha place – Rei da Poncha.
4. 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.
5. Airbnb or private rentals in Madeira
There are thousands of private rental houses, villas, and apartments on the island. The term to search for is “Alojamento Local”.
The easiest way to find budget rentals on Madeira is Airbnb. You will find enough options in the range 20-30 euro per night. Such private holiday rentals on Madeira are a great option for budget travellers and since you also have access to kitchen & laundry, you will save even more.
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, which means 1 free night. Terms & conditions can be found [HERE].
6. 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 Island:
- 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 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 – see links below and 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 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!
7. Free campsites in Madeira
Yes, there are both commercial and free 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 this site. There is also a video ahowing how to apply correctly.
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!
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