What would Madeira be like in August or late July? Newbies to travelling abroad and would like somewhere not too busy or touristy. Possibly a villa or apartment with a pool, but more to do and see than sit on a beach. Maybe a small town, with pretty views near the coast. Is it very hot? Any thoughts or recommendations?
Absolutely nothing, in terms of age I'm very 'old' by MN standards! I've been to Madeira once (on an Army yacht, seriously rough seas!), but there are so many other places I think I'd revisit before Madeira
Lol, I am older, do have a 15 yr old, but am fairly clueless when it comes to places in Europe! Someone mentioned Madeira and I was hoping it might be a nice place to visit that ticked some of our boxes. Didn't realise it was volcaic! Any ideas for somewhere different?
I have read some of the threads on Portugal, but lots seem like waterpark/ AI / family style hotels or book a year in advance. It will be an expensive hols for us (when we normally camp in a farmers field in Wales) so want to make sure its the right place.
We did a SC villa in Corfu last summer with a nearly 15 year old. It was great but this year I've discovered/realised that a city break to New York and Washington (in hotels), DS now 15.5, is marginally cheaper and much, much more exciting.
Your holiday happiness totally depends on the 15 year old!
At that age I was happy in a self catering place in France with my sun lounger, Walkman and book by the pool. Mind you I had a sister similar age so had all the company I needed. One of my friends at the time had a younger brother and all she wanted in a holiday with her family was somewhere she could go and meet a friend a similar age, go to teenagers discos and look at boys. I was happy looking at my books.
Late July and August are very hot, so the advantage of Portugal, Madeira or the Canaries (for instance), is that they tend to get a cooling breeze off the Atlantic. I wouldn't personally go to Greece that time of year, because for me it's just too hot. It could easily be high 30s or hotter.
Portugal is not all AI resorts and waterparks, btw. It's lovely. Some gorgeous villas on the coast, lovely beaches, much quieter than many places in Spain or Greece.
I've never been attracted to Madeira - it just seems rather staid and I can't think of one thing to do there (and I do a lot of reading up about holiday destinations!). I'd take a look at Portugal, if I were you.