The 10 best places to visit in Madeira
Our selection of must-see places
Ponta de Sao Lourenço to the east of Madeira is a nature reserve with magnificent views over the Atlantic. It is notable for its dry climate. The charm of this untamed place derives from the indomitable rocks which clearly show their strata.
Nature reserve | Nature | Sea | Hiking
Between the sea and the mountains, Seixal is a small town on the island of Madeira. Visitors love the village for its traditional houses and the beautiful landscape of vines and a black sand beach. There are several walking routes which start from Seixal. You can also surf and sail here. Seixal has accommodation and restaurants for visitors who want to stay several days.
Nice village | Hiking | Sea | Nature | Beaches
Pico Do Ariero
Pico Do Ariero is one of the three highest points on the island of Madeira. Cherished by hikers, it provides breathtaking views of Madeira's southern coast, and on clear days, the island of Porto Santo. At the summet of Pico Do Ariero, you will find the Poço da Neve ('the snow well'), once used to store ice and snow and also used as an air defence station. Climbing Pico do Ariero doesn't pose any particular difficulties.
Hiking | Mountain | Viewpoint | Nature
Funchal's clean air and subtropical climate make it one of the most sought after destinations on Madeira's main island. The botanic garden and Santa Caterina Park are among the interesting sights. Funchal is also the gateway to other places on Madeira such as Ribeiro Frio and Santo da Serra natural parks.
Park & garden | Monuments | Viewpoint | Market
Cabo Girao is a small town on the island of Madeira, foamous for its cliffs - the second highest in the world. They give a wonderful view across the Atlantic Ocean. While you are there, you can also visit the chapel of Our Lady of Fatima, one of the islands most visited pilgrimage sites. Cabo Girao makes for a wonderful excursion on the island of flowers.
VIewioint | Monuments | Sea | Nature
Machico has a wealth of attractions for the holiday maker, its extensive bay being only one. One of the earliest towns to be founded on the island, has unusual historic sites such as the ancient lighthouse of Pico de Facho. Beyond the beautiful beach, a marine reserve awaits fans of diving.
Sea | Diving | Relaxation
Porto Muniz is a small town on the island of Madeira, principally known for its natural volcanic pools in which you can swim. The town has other attractions such as its fort, which is today an aquarium housing 70 species of the archipelago's fish. There is also a promenade lined with cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops.
Sea | Natural wonders | Relaxation
Ribeira Brava is a seaside town on the island of Madeira. This small town has numerous wonderful viewpoints from which to take superb photographs. If you want to visit monuments, there is the São Bento church and, for those wanting quiet relaxation, the town has a black sand beach which is sheltered from the waves. There is even a promenade lined with cafés and restaurants.
Seaside resort | Beach | Relaxation | Viewpoint
There is something for all tastes on the island. You can relax in a hotel by the sea, visit a thalassotherapy centre, dive to discover the sea bed or play golf. Porto Santo is an ideal destination if you want a quiet, relaxing island holiday surrounded by nature.
Island | Relaxation | Beaches | Sea
Santana is a small town on the island of Madeira, famed for its many coloured stone houses with thatched roofs. Santana also has its own theme park, where shows and events introduce you to local traditions and culture. If you love nature, several walks start from the town. These hikes will lead you to Laurisila Forest, Pico das Pedras and, for the committed, Pico Ruivo - the highest point of the island.
Architecture | Relaxation | Hiking