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Painting holiday in Madeira, Portugal

Portugal • Madeira • Serra De Aqua Painting Holiday

Our hotel has magical views for painters!Exotic plants everywhereTry a chairlift.....if you dare!Gorgeous coloursThere's no shortage of colourful boat subjectsHot hot hot!Painting in exotic gardens is a must!A snatched view through a window....Plenty of one to one tutoring in small groupsBoats and salt codSouthern bay, MadeiraFunchal market is a great place to spend a day paintingCafe scene, FunchalWonderful painting locationsFlowers and mountains view from our hotelVegetable market, FunchalFields in MadieraVery varied landscapes on the island
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Harbours, valleys and villages in nature’s paradise 
A spectacular coastline, dramatic sky-scraping mountain peaks, dense evergreen valleys, abundant exotic plant life and charming little villages frozen in time. Visiting painters to Madeira, Sir Winston Churchill included, have been spellbound by this wealth of creative inspiration

A typical itinerary on this painting holiday in Madeira

Arrival day

We arrive at the beautifully located Pousada in time for a welcome drink and dinner.

The secret garden

Our first day is spent around the Pousada. Painting the stunning views from the terrace with trees, wild flowers and spectacular mountains.

The terraces of Madeira – a typical scene on this painting holiday in Madeira

Camera de Lobos

This picturesque rocky harbour is adorned with colourful fishing boats. Racks of salt cod dry in the sunshine, as fishermen repair their boats and nets. Harbourside cafes with parasols and palm trees –a favourite painting location of Winston Churchill.


Nearby Seixal with its small harbour provides a range of excellent subjects including rocks, crashing waves, steep cliffs and headlands stepping back along the coastline –dramatic and atmospheric for painters.

Free day

Take a break from this painting holiday and visit Funchal with its old church and the Tropical Gardens, or take the short cable car to the Botanic Gardens.

Sao Vicente

This charming picture-postcard village boasts a pretty church and cobbled streets lined with dazzling whitewashed houses, shops and cafes.

Flowers and fruit in Funchal

Funchal for morning sketching in the very colourful and bustling fruit, flower and fish market. After lunch in a pavement restaurant we enjoy more sketching and painting –pavement cafes and restaurants, old doorways and houses, church and fort.

Departure day

It’s a short trip to Funchal airport.
Note: This is a selection of the many options available on this painting holiday in Madeira. Weather conditions, group interests and the tutor will influence the final itinerary.

Where we stay on this painting holiday in Madeira

Pousada dos Vinháticos

Just 20 minutes from the capital town of Funchal, and set high in a valley amidst lush vegetation, this mountain retreat offers superb views, a place to relax and easy access to some of the great walks and painting locations of the island.

Pousada dos Vinháticos is a small rural retreat. It is a simple, comfortably furnished and cosy hotel, run by friendly, hospitable people and serving good food and wine. All the rooms are en-suite and have spectacular views from the windows. It’s an authentic and ideal base for a painting holiday in Madeira
Bedroom in Pousada dos Vinháticos, a comfortable and authentic base for our painting holidays in Madeira The lounge in Pousada dos Vinháticos, a comfortable and authentic base for our painting holidays in Madeira
Log cabin room in Pousada dos Vinháticos, a comfortable and authentic base for our painting holidays in Madeira The terrace in Pousada dos Vinháticos, a comfortable and authentic base for our painting holidays in Madeira
Airport transfer time
Approximately 40 minutes
Dates and prices
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If you would like to travel as a private group, dates can be arranged at any time to suit you. Please contact us.
What's included
5 full days of painting tuition
7 nights in en suite accommodation
7 breakfasts and 5 lunches
6 dinners with wine
Full-time tour manager
Personal welcome at Funchal airport
Visit Sao Vicente
Cheese and wine tasting
All air-conditioned transport
Chairs and boards provided
Where we stay
Getting there
Mostly gently sloping locations within 300 metres of transport. Some steep towns.

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