Madeira is already a very popular destination for golf lovers, who enjoy staying at the Albatroz throughout the year. Many top professional golf players also stay at the hotel, for the Madeira Open, an important golf tournament in the European PGA.
The mild climate and the strategic locations of its golf courses in relatively high parts of the island make playing golf enjoyable all year around. It is certainly one of the very few places in Southern Europe where you can comfortably play even in the hot summer months.
The Albatroz is located in a privileged part of the Island, only ten minutes away from Santo da Serra, home to the Madeira Island Open. Santo da Serra is one of the most spectacular golf courses in Europe, with beautiful views over the sea, the mountains and neighbouring islands. Our guests receive special rates when playing at Santo da Serra.
The Madeira levadas are walking paths in the mountains. In the old days these streams took the water to all parts of the island. Nowadays, these levada walks are beautiful routes that take tourists on long walks throughout the Madeira’s hills and forests to enjoy the wonderful landscapes.
Take advantage of this opportunity and enjoy the dazzling views, which are a well-known UNESCO world heritage site. You can also take long walks through the magnificent Madeira grassy valleys, which can be found along tracks built by past generations.
As an island, Madeira offers a variety of different water sports. Boat trips allow you to experience another perspective and also memorable view of the island.
Horseback riding in Madeira is a very pleasant experience. If you are a horse lover or if hiking just isn't your thing, horseback riding is a great way to explore the winding trails of Madeira Island. The riding trails on the island offer exciting excursions for both beginners and experienced riders.
On the island, there are a few private companies offering adventure tours and lessons. There is also and equestrian centre in Santo da Serra at about 10 minutes driving from the hotel, offering lessons and outings. Madeira Island, with its amazing landscape, can assure beautiful scenery for all!
The Madeira Island Fishery has a rich but relatively short history. The fishery was discovered some 30 years ago and visiting anglers have traditionally targeted Blue Marlin, Big eye tuna and shark. Dr. Antonio Ribeiro was supposedly the first person to catch a blue marlin off Madeira bringing ashore a fish of 740 pounds in 1973. His sons Roberto and Joe to this day religiously fish for Blue Marlin and carry on in their father's footsteps.
Madeira has over the past years has produced some of the world's largest blue marlin, which is also reflected by the results of the annual July 4th Blue Marlin World Cup. Madeira was World Cup winner in 1995, 1996, 1997 and narrowly missed the World Cup fish in 2000. This year's result was a second place.
The marlin season in Madeira runs from May through to October, with a fish average of about 700 lbs. About one in every ten is that fish of a lifetime, a grander blue marlin. These huge creatures swim in its predominantly calm blue waters, with the run to reach these leviathans being practically non-existent. In fact it is not uncommon to catch fish within 1 kilometre of leaving the marina! Add to this a delightful temperate climate in which to fish, and all of this set in a safe, civilised European environment you'll see why there is no finer Atlantic Blue marlin fishery. For these reasons now some of the most famous names in fishing such as Stewart Campbell, Jerry Dunaway, James Roberts, Tracey Melton regularly make their way to Madeira for the summers and those world record fish!