Insider's Guide to Madeira

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Cabo Girao

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

In 2012 a glass-floored viewing platform was installed in this already-popular lofty sea cliff on the southern coast of Madeira, making it an even more popular ...  Read more

Funchal Coast

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Rising from the waves in a protected crescent of charming red-roofed homes and magnificent sea views, Funchal has for half a millennium been the capital of ...  Read more

Machico

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Belonging to Portugal and lying in the Atlantic more than 550 miles west off the coast of Morocco, the archipelago of Madeira is not exactly a place one ...  Read more

Santana

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Music lovers gather here every July for a festival known as Twenty-four Hours of Dancing. Traditional folklore groups from around the island perform throughout ...  Read more

Eira do Serrado

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

On the way to Curral das Freiras from Funchal is a popular spot for many visitors: The Eira do Serrado, an observation point, is high up in the craggy ...  Read more

Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras)

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

When seen from the bird's eye view of the Eira do Serrado, the Curral das Freiras (Valley of the Nuns) seems like an impossible place to settle – surrounded ...  Read more

Desertas Islands

The three Ilhas Desertas, or "Deserted Islands," stretch slender and mysterious off the Madieras' southern shore toward the Canarias. The hazy ...  Read more

Faial Island

The Azores island cluster lies in the Atlantic a little less than halfway between Lisbon, Portugal and Rhode Island in the U.S. In that cluster is Faial ...  Read more

Laurel Forest (Laurisilva)

One of the many reasons why visitors come to Europe is to steep themselves in history. But the Portuguese island of Madeira is home to a piece of history that ...  Read more

Laurisilva Rainforests of Madeira

The mountainous interiors of these steeply pitched volcanic islands are draped with a unique and lush ecosystem, the Laurisilva Rainforests of Madeira. Named ...  Read more

Madeira Botanical Gardens

More than 2,000 plants populate this science and culture center in the heart of Madeira. The garden, which has been open since 1960, is divided into five main ...  Read more

Madeira Story Centre

This modern museum pays homage to Madeira’s rich history and colorful culture. Visitors can begin their chronological journey through the island’s history at ...  Read more

Monte Palace Tropical Gardens

Lush Japanese gardens, brilliant tropical flowers and scenic river bridges may be part of what draws travelers to this botanical destination, but what makes a ...  Read more

Museum of Natural History (Municipal Museum of Funchal)

Rare fish and examples of unique Madeira plant life are on display at this historic museum located in the former residence of the Count of Carvalhal. Since ...  Read more

Paul da Serra Plateau

To the south of the Laurel Forest lies the Paúl da Serra Plateau, a favorite destination for hikers, nature lovers, and those wishing to seek out the ...  Read more

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