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 two trips daily, visitors can explore the south coast of Madeira while taking a trip back in time. Three-hour journeys travel along the west side of Funchal and stop at Cabo Girao, the highest seaside cliff on the continent.
Voyages include time for a scenic swim, as well as samples of Madeira Wine and local honey cake. There’s also a good chance those aboard the Santa Maria will spot whales, dolphins and other marine life while on tour.
The Santa Maria makes two trips daily at 10:30am and 3pm. Adults pay 30 Euros, but children under 12 are half the price. While it’s sometimes possible to purchase tickets the day of, it’s recommended visitors book in advance, especially during summer months, when the Santa Maria can be especially busy.