The 10th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS 2017) is taking place in Funchal, Madeira island’s capital, Portugal. Venue will be at the Vida Mar Lobby – Tower II, Vidamar Resort Hotel Madeira. Funchal is a bustling city surrounded by nature, sitting between the deep blue of the ocean and the lush green of the mountains behind, with a multitude of museums, bars and restaurants to visit.


How to get there

Madeira is well connected to the continent with regular short hop flights to Lisbon International Airport, and less frequent direct connections to other major cities in Portugal and to London, Amsterdam, Berlin and other European cities. It has a modern airport 25 kilometers from the center of Funchal, the capital city, and possesses a safe and modern network of highways and tunnels which facilitate rapid travel by car.
Portuguese national carrier is TAP. Funchal also enjoys direct connections to much of Europe and beyond through carriers such as AirBerlin(Germany), Easyjet (UK), Transavia (France) and SATA (Ireland, Denmark, Sweden).
To get to and from the airport you can:

We strongly recommend ICIDS attendees to fly into Madeira two days before the conference, as due to specific meteorological conditions, flights to the island get canceled or delayed quite often.



ICIDS 2017 will be held at Vida Mar Resort Madeira. Situated in the South coast of the island, Vida Mar Resorts benefits from an exclusive oceanfront position. The hotel has a contemporary style with elegant décor with a wide range of outdoor and indoor banqueting facilities. Please, book your room as soon as possible as Vida Mar has only 25 room available for ICIDS 2017.

Vida Mar Resort Madeira

Limited rooms available. Prices (room/night):

  • Single EUR 122
  • Double EUR 148

Vida Mar prices include:

  • Buffet Breakfast;
  • Mineral water on the room on the arrival day;
  • Porterage in/out
  • Free Access to Aquarea (inside swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna).
  • Free Access to Vida Health Club, free Access to Sport Activities (squash, tennis, tennis table)
  • Free WI-FI Internet: rooms, public areas and meeting rooms.

NOTE 1: The above stated prices are in Euro (EU official currency) per room/ day inclusive of buffet breakfast and legal service, tax and VAT at the legal rate when applicable.
NOTE 2: Rooms Allocation will be made on Run-of-the-House basis (meaning that the attribution of the rooms will be decided solely by the Hotel, at its own discretion).
For other accommodation suggestions, please see below.

Melia Madeira Mare

Limited rooms available. Prices (room/night):

  • Single EUR 120
  • Double EUR 132

Pestana Casino Park Hotel 5

Limited rooms available. Prices (room/night):

  • Single EUR 92
  • Double EUR 105

The Lince Madeira Lido Atlantic Great Hotel

Limited rooms available. Prices (room/night):

  • Single EUR 65
  • Double EUR 70


Limited rooms available. Prices (room/night):

  • Single EUR 43
  • Double EUR 52


Limited rooms available. Prices (room/night):

  • Single EUR 36
  • Double EUR 43


Things to do in Madeira



Although Madeira is only 800km2, it has a varied scenery and places of interest dotted around the island (see below). The northern coast is particularly spectacular. Imagine driving along the rugged coastline, with steep cliffs on your left and crystal clear sea on your right. You can’t help but stop to take a photo of colourful roadside flowers, or an entire hillside covered in banana trees.


Every day – Full day – 09h00/17h00 approx.
Camacha – village famous for being the wickerwork centre. Visit the factory where you can see artisans working and purchase articles from a wide collection available Pico do Arieiro – second highest summit on the island (1810m.) Ribeiro Frio – Natural Park where you can have a look around the trout hatchery (1€ entrance fee not included) Santana – after going through the beautiful area of Faial, climb up to Santana, famous for its cottages that today are known worldwide. Stop for lunch Portela – viewpoint at 670m. from where you can see the impressive rock formation of the Penha D’Águia and a part of the north coast Ponta de São Lourenço – magnificent view of the most eastern point of the island. Return to Funchal visiting Machico.
Adult: 30€ / 0-12 years: 16€| Lunch sup. Adult: 13,50€ 4/6 yrs: 7€


Levadas and Walks

If you enjoy walking, Madeira is a unique and magical place
Our Laurissilva Forest (UNESCO World Heritage site) is an ancient forest that have persisted over 20 million years, a true mystic relic where you can find unique species and views that will take your breath away. Santana, a World Biosphere Reserve with rich endemic fauna and flora, has also many beautiful places that you can enjoy in this walks.
Be prepared to feel and reconnect with nature, to hear the silence of these wise and ancient trees, to breathe in all this beauty and be free!

Saturday – 09h00/17h00 approx.- Difficulty: moderate – Distance: 13 Km
Starting at the Queimadas guesthouse and walking along the Levada of Caldeirão Verde, we make our way westwards through an emerald green paradise. Soon after the start we see the most spectacular views of the villages far below. A waterfall comes into view and soon after passing it, we go through some short tunnels and after a while we arrive at Caldeirão Verde majestic waterfall. Following a short rest, during which we have our picnic, we begin the return journey. A highly-recommended walk to some of the most remote parts of the island.
Adult: 36€ / 0-12 years: 20€ (Lunch not included)



Take a boat trip in the Madeira Archipelago and enjoy the beautiful landscape of these islands. On this trip you can watch various marine species and spend a relaxing day at the beach.
If you love the sea, the Madeira Archipelago will offer you an unforgettable experience on the Atlantic Ocean.

October/June: 09h00 + 13h30 | July/September: 08h45, 12h30, 16h00 – Meeting point: 30min. before at the Marina Shopping Centre
An unforgettable experience! Enjoy a trip in a fast semi-rigid type boat accompanied by a marine biologist team. Opportunity to see a large diversity of dolphins, whales, and turtles. Before the trip there is a short introduction and then the adventure starts! Transfer from and to the hotel is not included.
WATCHING adult: 49,50€ / 6-11 years: 34,50€ | SWIMMING adult: 65€ / 6-11 years: 43€


All prices above are per person.

The ticket for a tour entitles the client to transportation services, visits, and entrances as per the program. Meals have an additional supplement of 13.50€ per person (except the Typical Night tour). Extras are not included.
All tours, itineraries and prices are subject to change, can be postponed or cancelled without prior notice or reduced reporting period, due to adverse weather conditions, land slips or other conditions beyond our control, or even by small number of participants.

Cancellations will only be refunded if cancelled 12 hours in advance
Regarding the levadas and walks, we strongly advise the use of mountain boots or comfortable shoes, as some paths may become slippery, and to take with you a waterproof coat, hat, sunscreen, water, and a picnic.
PICK UPS a 10€ per person fee will be charged for pick ups outsider Funchal area: Machico /Caniçal and Ribeira Brava/Calheta

World Travel – Agência de Viagens da Madeira, Lda.
Avenida Arriaga, 30-3º, P.O. Box 8, 9001-901 – Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Tel.: +351291208900 Fax: +351291225020 Email: info@intertours.com.pt Site: www.intertours.com.pt
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