Madeira Island

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Have you ever been to Madeira Island?

Surrounded by the Atlantic ocean, the Madeira Island is the main one of a 4 volcanic islands archipelago, colonized by Portugal in 1425 and bathed by sun the entire year. The Madeira Island won again in 2017 the “Europe’s Leading Island Destination” Award, from the World Travel Awards, and is understandable. The island has that European charm and the subtropical climate with fascinating geography. Follow our list of things to do in Madeira Island and don’t waste any time, plan your trip now!

Best Things To Do in Madeira Island

1 - Saint Lourenço's Point

Located on the east coast, "Ponta de São Loureço" is a breathtaking peninsula which consists mainly of volcanic rocks. In this part of the island the climate is so arid, because of the volcanic soil and the strong winds, that no tree grows. It is one of the most beautiful places on Madeira Island.

2 - Cape Girão Cliff Skywalk

The largest cliff in Europe now has its own skywalk. For those with a lot of courage, you can walk on a glass floor, on the skywalk in Cabo Girão, and enjoy the view 500 meters above the very safe and adrenalising Atlantic ocean.

3 - Santana Village

These charming triangular houses are some of the most traditional buildings on Madeira Island. To this day some people live in houses like this, which caught the attention of visitors. Santana is located in the northern part of the island and is close to Funchal, the capital.

4 - Natural Pools of Porto Moniz

One of the best attractions of Madeira Island is the natural pools in Porto Moniz. The warm water of the sea comes and goes with the tide, and you can enjoy the sun and the view, next to the volcanic rocks in a very relaxing experience.

5 - Nuns' Valley

"Curral das Freiras" is a beautiful, secluded village nestled among mountains in the heart of Madeira Island. They say that it is called so because in the sixteenth century the nuns of the Santa Clara Convent, to escape pirates attacking Funchal, went to this place and hid for a while.

6 - Botanical Garden of Madeira

Originally owned by a wealthy family, the Botanical Garden of Madeira is located in its capital, Funchal. It contains about 2500 species of exotic plants and birds. Due to its location, the garden is a great place to see Funchal, becoming one of the most sought after sights of the city.

7 - Carts from Madeira Island

Madeira Island offers the first and only straw stroller that slides down the streets from Monte to Funchal. The guided tour is traditional and quite safe, since the speed is 40km / h, and used to be used in people's daily lives.

8 - Farmers Market

The Farmers Market is a top place to visit in Funchal. It offers fresh fish, various exotic fruits (very exotic, as well as genetic mixtures) and tropical, as well as grains in a traditional place, which is the option to avoid expensive restaurants. The Historic Center is in the area and must be visited as well.

9 - Dolphin and Whale Watching

One of the most sought after attractions on the south coast of Madeira is dolphin watching. Many catamarans are available for fun outings, where you can see dolphins and whales swimming in their natural habitat, and who knows how to take a dip in the ocean next to them under the hot sun.

10 - Levadas from Madeira Island

Man-made waterfalls, the Levadas are water courses that the island's residents built to bring water from north to south of the island of Madeira, in tunnels and slopes, and ended up creating the highlight of local tourism. The island of Madeira has about 200 levadas, which are best seen on the trails. The known are 25 Fountains, Green Cauldron and Caldeirão do Inferno.

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What People Are Saying

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"This was an excellent all day tour and one of the highlights of our holiday. Although we had toured the island extensively by hire car we gained so much more from this private tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions and much more. We are keen gardeners and the diversity of the island flora was of great interest to us. We came away feeling we knew much more about Madeira her history, economy and people than we would otherwise have done. Highly recommended."
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"Mid of december we’re lucky enoguh to see mama and baby bright whale! Beside that the tirp was very nice, it was warm and sunny. The crew was very engaged. We’d recommend this to our friends for sure."
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"We did the trip yesterday and it was truly impressive! We were incredibly lucky as we saw a large group of dolphins that were playful and really “sociable”. And after that we spotted around 5-6 whales! They came very close to us (or we went very close to them) and it was one of the best experiences! The crew was super passionate and knowledgeable - very keen to give us a lot of details about the wildlife as well as the Madeiran cost! I highly recommend it!"
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"I would highly recommend this trip if in Funchal. We had a very enjoyable trip and the three guys who were the crew were extremely nice and friendly. Its obvious that they love their job......a great way to spend a few hours."
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"Passeio fantástico ao largo do Funchal. Para mim foi o ponto alto de uma visita de uma semana à Ilha da Madeira. Tivemos oportunidade de ver Baleias Piloto e Golfinhos em todo o seu esplendor e liberdade. No final um mergulho fantástico nas águas azuis ao largo da ilha. A equipa composta pelo Capitão Duarte, João e Maia foram uns óptimos anfitriões e devo destacar o enorme cuidado e atenção que tiveram com o meu filho de 10 anos que adorou igualmente o passeio. Nunca tinha passeado num Catamaran e gostei da experiência. Barco limpo e confortável. Aconselho vivamente este passeio e voltarei certamente. Obrigado ! ;-)"
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"We took the 1200 trip yesterday and saw two Bryde Whales within a mile of the shore. It was absolutely amazing, the baby was very curious and swam under the catamaran. Lovely to see how comfortable they were with us being there alongside them. Sara the marine biologist was equally as excited and gave us lots of interesting facts, including the difference in life span of a whale or dolphin in the wild vs sea life park. Two pods of bottlenose dolphins made this an incredible trip. Thank you Magic Dolphin. See you again soon ??❤️"

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