JFM Shipping Madeira Island

JFM – Shipping Agents since 1888 – Madeira Island

JFM Shipping, acting as ship agents in the ports of Funchal, Porto Santo and Caniçal – Madeira Islands, with 123 years (established in 1888) of experience in the shipping area, is capable of offering you the best price/quality factor for the full port agency services based on a professional team highly qualified, available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

As members of BIMCO, the MULTIPORT Shipagencies Network and AYSS (worldwide network for agents handling super yachts), the quality of our services is tested daily on all ships handled by us. Thus, we are pleased to offer our wide range of services; since Port Agents, Ship Chandler, Bunkering Brokers, etc., all the way up to Customs Clearances and even Crew Changes and Repatriations.

The shipping agency João de Freitas Martins, SA was founded in 1888 by João de Freitas Martins, great-Grandfather of the present Managing Director, João Welsh.

João de Freitas Martins, SA, began it’s activity 122 years ago, handling passenger and cargo ships, representing the most prestigious Shipping Companies of the time, such as:

Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stroomboot Maatschappij * “Italia” Societa per Azioni di Navigazione * Norddeutscher Lloyd * Oldenburg – Portugiesische Damfschiffs-Rhederei * Naviera Aznar * Compania Trasatalantica Espanola, S.A. * Lloyd Triestino * United States Lines * American Presidente Lines * Barber Steamship Lines, Inc. * American West African Lines * Hamburg – Amerika Linie * The Guinea gulf Line Limited * Woerman Linie * German Africa Linie * Koninklijke Rotterdamsche Lloyd * Stoomvaart Maatschappij “Nederland” * Holland West Africa Lijn N.V. * Den Norske Syd-Amerika Linie

With the construction of Madeira airport in 1961, and in view of the new challenges this infrastructure provided to the island, the company moved into the Travel Agency business, developing operations in the areas of “incoming” and “outgoing”. Later, in 1993, establishes the Travel Agency “Top Atlantico Madeira, Lda”, in partnership with Grupo ES Viagens.

Currently, the company João de Freitas Martins, SA. continues with the activity of Shipping Agents dealing with cruise ships, cargo ships and mega yachts, among others.

In view of the new challenges with increasing degree of demand, in the service we provide to our customers, in 2001 we began the process of quality certification, a process that culminated on August 5th, 2002, with the Quality Certification according to the highest European standards for the “Quality Management Systems – ISO 9001.2000”. Noteworthy is the fact that João de Freitas Martins, SA was the first shipping agency in Madeira to obtain this certification.

The company also aware of the challenges of globalization, as well as the importance of maintaining international partnerships, is a member of the following national and international organizations:

MULTIPORT – Ship Agencies Network
BIMCO – The Baltic and International Maritime Council
AYSS – Association of Yacht Support Services
AGEPOR – Portuguese Shipping Agents Association
ACIF – Chambers of Commece and Industry of Funchal

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Madeira Island Levada Walks

Madeira Island Levada Walks

Madeira Levadas & Mountain walks with official guides every day

Madeira Island Bus and Mini Coach Tours

We make astounding Low Cost Madeira island Tours – Every Day!

Our concept is simple: We offer personlaized tours on small luxury buses.
No MASS TOURISM coaches where you have to wait for dozens of people to arrive. No rushed, crowded stops where everyone jostles for the best photo positions.

Our tours are friendly, peaceful and informative. We make more and longer stops at the most scenic locations. Our drivers are highly qualified, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about Madeira island.

Another great advantage of Madeira Happy Tours is the fact that we pick you up and return you to your holiday accommodation – without any extra costs for Funchal guests.

Your safety is our peace of mind! Madeira Happy Tours is proud to have a 100% safety record on all tours. We share work with more than 100 people in all the activities related to our services.

Our guides speak: Português, English, Français, Deutsch, Espanhol and Italiano.

Welcome to Madeira Island and our beautiful Levada walks.


Madeira island is a truly unique destination of fascinating natural beauty, risingsteeply and majestically from the Atlantic ocean. Few places on earth offer such a variety of scenery with breathtaking cliffs, rockypeaks, alpine plateaux and lush valleys, whilst still retaining an unspoilt beauty and natural charm.

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Casas Valleparaízo – Madeira Island – Self Catering Cottages


On Madeira Island, in the verdant parish of Camacha you can find some of the most charming self catering cottages, true jewels of rural tourism, located in an ancient agricultural property in Vale Paraíso.

Casas Valleparaízo is the perfect choice for the family to experience the authenticity of country life in an environment surrounded by orchards, gardens, birds and farm animals.

Visitors to Madeira island can now book these self catering cottages online in the new website which was recently launched.

Casas Valleparaízo are composed of nine self catering lodges, charmingly inserted in an idyllic atmosphere full of fruit trees, flowers and animals, and located at Vale Paraíso, in Camacha Village.

These rural tourism gemstones promise a pleasant experience of privacy and quietness, an escape from labour turmoil and everyday life to all nature lovers.

The site has been carefully crafted by Navega Bem – Web Design using the Open Source CMF Framework Joomla!
The website designer Sara Lomelino explained “Casa Valleparaízo is a very unique estate of self catering properties and we have tried to reflect this in the design of the site.”

Visit Casas Valleparaízo – Madeira Island here.

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