Mostly sunny throughout the year, Madeira is not the place for the beach lovers, but for the outdoors enthusiasts. Located 540 miles from Lisbon on the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira is known as the Spring Island for its lush vegetation and diverse range of colourful flowers throughout the year. The constant temperature in Madeira is around 20 degrees, making it a perfect destination for nature lovers and hikers alike. Madeira is commonly called the “Hawaii of Europe” and for a With its subtropical climate, this volcanic island off the coast of Morocco has stunning beaches, lush forests, and reliable sunshine all year long.
Funchal is the capital of Madeira and the most populous city on the mainland of Portugal. There is something magnificent about Funchal, with its crooked streets that go down the mountainside and in front of the blue sea. Around the world, visitors have been fascinated by this breath-taking landscape. Also, Funchal boasts a sea of colourful vegetation, featuring pink bougainvilleas, purple jacarandas, and spectacular trees with red hues that line the streets. With dramatic mountain backdrops, the city is nestled in a natural amphitheatre facing the Atlantic.
Funchal has also been a popular port of call for cruise ships in the Atlantic, with the liner harbour located in the city’s centre. It has been well documented that Funchal’s approach is one of the two most spectacular in the world, on a par with Rio de Janeiro’s. Besides diving, visitors in Funchal also enjoy surfing, boat trips, swimming with dolphins, whale-watching at sea, taking daylong excursions along the coast and through the eucalyptus scented mountain woods, paragliding on the coast, playing spectacular rounds of golf on the famous courses or simply enjoying a snack in one of the numerous “people watching” cafes or outdoor gardens.
The best things to do in Madeira :
25 Fontes Hike:
Madeira’s most popular hike, featuring two beautiful waterfalls. Come in the morning to avoid sharing this place with tons of tourists. The 25 Fontes hike is one of the best things to do on Madeira because it features several beautiful waterfalls – and is mostly flat after the initial descent along a paved road into the valley.
Santana Traditional Houses:
On your trip to the East of Madeira, don’t miss Santana’s traditional houses. Countless scenic viewpoints en route, it’s why Madeira is known as the Hawaii of Europe. Early inhabitants of Madeira built small, triangular houses with thatched roofs, which can be seen today at Casas tipicas de Santana in the northeast.
Pico to Pico Hike:
Madeira’s most famous hike among true hiking fans. Two stunning peaks await you, Pico do Arieiro and Pico Ruivo. Not easy but a bucketlist experience. Pico do Arieiro is the third highest peak on Madeira, and a must-see viewpoint when the clouds are low enough to form a layer between you and the world below.
It is the second highest sea cliff in the world, and the highest in Europe
Monte Palace is located in the north of Funchal. It is ranked among the world’s top 13 most beautiful botanical gardens.
Go on a dolphin or whale-watching tour by boat:
In Madeira, whale watching is best between April and October, while dolphins are visible year-round. If you’re sailing around Madeira, you’ll have a great chance of seeing some incredible animals.
Being on an island, Madeirans love eating fish and seafood in general. For dessert, you can choose between passion fruit cheesecake or pastel de nata, which is essentially a custard tart with puff pastry.
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