Madeira Points of Interest and Places to Visit


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Laurisilva Rainforests of Madeira

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

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

Desertas Islands

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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


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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Santana’s brightly colored A-frame houses, built in a traditional style with natural stone and thatched roofs, make this mountain destination worth the trip ...  Read more


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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 ...  Read more

Cabo Girao

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

With its dramatic sea cliffs soaring more than 1,903 feet (580 meters) above Madeira’s south coast, Cabo Girão is the highest promontory in Europe. The ...  Read more

Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

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

Pico do Arieiro

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

For being so small, Madeira is mountainous, which means that for many a lot of the island is off limits, whether because of vertigo or poor health. But ...  Read more

Eira do Serrado

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

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

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

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

Pico dos Barcelos Viewpoint

The city of Funchal on the Island of Madeira rises gently from the coast back into the hills. As such, just a short way back from the shore there are ...  Read more


The Miradouro Portela, or Portela Lookout Point, situated between Porto da Cruz and Machico, allows visitors to observe one of the most beautiful landscapes ...  Read more

Porto Moniz

Draped across the volcanic cliffs overlooking the sea, pretty Porto Moniz is most famous for its sapphire swimming pools, protected from the Atlantic by ...  Read more

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