Insider's Guide to Madeira

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Cabo Girao

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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 destination for visitors to this scenic ...  Read more

Funchal Coast

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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 sunny Madeira Island. Famed for its red ...  Read more

Santana

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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 the day, making it one of the best ...  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 silhouettes of Deserta Grande, Bugio and ...  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 for its flowering laurels, these forests ...  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 sections. The indigenous area showcases ...  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 the entrance level, where the Madeira’s ...  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 trip to Monte Palace Tropical Garden ...  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 about 1850, botanists and biologists have ...  Read more

Santa Maria

Designed to replicate the original Santa Maria that brought Christopher Columbus to America in 1492, this massive ship has become a destination for marine lovers and history enthusiasts alike. With ...  Read more

Sao Vicente Caves & Volcanism Centre

A 30-minute tour of the São Vicente Caves is a uniquely Madeira experience that is not to be missed. Formed by the same volcanic activity that created the island itself, these caves were created ...  Read more

Se Cathedral of Funchal

One of only a handful of late fifteenth century structures to survive the test of time, this Gothic-style cathedral is evidence of an impressive history and rich architectural past. Its impressive ...  Read more

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