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What to do when visiting Madeira, Portugal

The top 10 places to visit in Madeira

If this is your first trip to Madeira the best advice I can offer is to plan your days out carefully. Although Madeira is only 54km long, the winding roads will take you 2-3 times as long as they would elsewhere.


Most of the taxi drivers offer fixed island tours with a "menu of trips" regulated by the tourist board, you should find this card in each cab. My advice is to pick a taxi driver who speaks your language and pay the extra for your own personal tour. Email Mark Blezard for a recommendation and help with booking or follow "Manuel Tours link below.


If you are not inclined to hire a car or take a day trip you can easily fill a week in Funchal through eating, shopping, the odd cafe, museums, taking the cable car, people watching, etc...


Local Buses

The buses in Madeira are frequent and cheap. It is possible to travel the whole island by local buses but plan your trip carefully as it can take a while! However, nipping in and out of town is easy. You can visit the official bus provider's site here

The famous wicker basket rides of Madeira Island, Portugal. More info...

Manuel Tours, our recommendation for a great island day out.


Monte Tropical Gardens

Pico do Arieiro on the island of Madeira

Pico do Arieiro

The Botanical Gardens of Madeira

Botanical Gardens, Funchal

Santana, Sightseeing North East of Madeira

Santana, North East

Paul Da Serra Madeira

Paul da Serra

Câmara de Lobos is a short drive from Funchal and is a beautiful much-photographed village famed for being one of the preferred locations of Winston Churchill when painting.

Camara De Lobos, South

Monte and the cable car ride in Madeira

Monte, Cable Cars.. and...

Monte Tropical Gardens when sight seeing in Madeira

Monte Tropical Gardens

Ribeiro Frio & Trout Farm

Ribeiro Frio sight seeing in Madeira
Shopping in Funchal, Madeira, and sight seeing

Funchal City

Porto Do Moniz, North West

Porto Do Moniz, North West Madeira

Cabo Girão, South West

Cabo Girão, South West Madeira sight seeing

São Vicente, North West

São Vicente North West Madeira sight seeing

Christmas Lights

Visiting Funchal, Madeira, at Christmas
Painting on the island of Madeira

Colour Palette - Paint Madeira

Photographs of Madeira

More Images of Madeira

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