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. Beware of low cost island tours being offered by the hotels, they often include a "time share presentation" so double check before booking. If you decline the presentation the price goes up 300 400%! My advice is pick a taxi driver who speaks your language and pay the extra for your own personal tour. Email me for a recommendation and help with booking.

 

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 providor's site here http://www.horariosdofunchal.pt

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...

Cabo Girão, South West

Cabo Girão, South West Madeira sight seeing
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

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

Porto Do Moniz, North West

Porto Do Moniz, North West Madeira
Photographs of Madeira

More Images of Madeira

Situated just 4km outside of Funchal town centre, this holiday rental is perfectly located for eating out, shopping, and sight seeing. Afterwards, return to breathtaking views and tranquility.

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