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Madeira IslandPortugal

Visit this dream-like island, home to lush vegetation, charming towns, haunting volcanic rock formations and mist-covered mountains. 

Madeira Island offers truly spectacular natural scenery and warm temperatures year-round. Follow walking trails that run parallel to man-made irrigation channels and take in views of clear blue waters and green cliffs. Spot brightly colored and sweetly scented flowers in the spring. Chill out on sandy beaches, participate in exhilarating watersports or delve into the island’s fascinating cultural heritage.

One of the best ways to take in Madeira’s idyllic natural scenery is to enjoy a levada walk. The levadas are a series of mini-canals developed by early settlers to distribute water around the island. Explore a network of more than 870 miles (1,400 kilometers) of trails to find waterfalls and lagoons, as well as valleys, mountain ranges and laurel forests.

Brave the glass-floored skywalk at Cabo Girão, one of the highest ocean cliffs in the world. Standing 1,902 feet (580 meters) above the water, you can spot Funchal and Câmara de Lobos from this dramatic location.

Visit the gorgeous village of Santana, known for its multicolored A-framed cottages, called palheiros. These charming thatched-roof residences are unique to the island and well worth a visit.

See the ornate geometric patterns decorating the roof of Funchal's cathedral, Sé. Constructed in the 16th century, this Moorish-influenced cathedral also features beautiful Baroque altars, gilded choir stalls and intricate tiling.

Don’t miss the views over Funchal from Jardim Botanico, a beautiful botanical garden. Walk along the well-labeled paths and admire collections of cacti and anthuriums. Look for the overlapping roots of an ancient heather tree, which is said to be more than 10 million years old.

Calheta Beach may be man-made, but its golden sands and clear waters are nonetheless scenic. Canoe, windsurf, swim or stop for some fresh seafood at one of the restaurants found along the beach. Be sure to sample the region’s unique white rum called aguardente.

Madeira Island is located about 350 miles (563.3 kilometers) from Morocco. Regular flights leave daily from Lisbon.

Top Hotels in Madeira Island

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Saccharum resort & spa
Saccharum resort & spa
5 out of 5
Rua Serra de Água, 1, Calheta
CA $204
per night
May 1 - May 2

Located by the sea, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Paul do Mar Beach, Ponta Do Sol Beach and Church of Our Lady of Light. Beachside Square ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (449 reviews)

"Perfect hotel. They provide everything you need. 5 stars hotel for sure. Of course you need a rent a car to visit funchal since it is 30 km distance. But any way this hotel is the best cost benefit as compared to anyone. Congrats Succharum!!"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 31, 2019

Saccharum resort & spa
Savoy Palace – The Leading Hotels of the World
Savoy Palace – The Leading Hotels of the World
5 out of 5
Avenida do Infante, 25, Funchal
CA $365
per night
Apr 16 - Apr 17

Located in Se, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Madeira Casino and CR7 Museum. Funchal Marina and Complexo Balnear do Lido are also within 2 miles ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (30 reviews)

"Spacious rooms with walk-in closet and ocean view balcony. beautiful and peaceful gardens and pool areas."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 8, 2020

Savoy Palace – The Leading Hotels of the World
The Cliff Bay
The Cliff Bay
5 out of 5
Estrada Monumental 147, Funchal

This family-friendly Funchal hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Barreiros Stadium, Complexo Balnear do Lido and CR7 Museum. Funchal Marina ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (634 reviews)

"This is my second visit to this hotel it’s absolutely amazing with lots of pools free shuttle bus excellent staff fabulous amenities outstanding views and fabulous price and we w stay again and again"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 18, 2020

The Cliff Bay

Popular things to do in Madeira Island

Madeira Botanical Garden
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Madeira Botanical Garden

4.5/5(29 reviews)

One of Madeira’s most famous attractions is known for its scenic views and fascinating display of colorful flowers.

Santa Cruz Beach
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Santa Cruz Beach

4.5/5(11 reviews)

The beach fronting Santa Cruz features sheltered ocean swimming, relaxing seawater pools, a fun-filled water park and magnificent views of the Desertas Islands.

Porto Moniz Natural Pools
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Porto Moniz Natural Pools

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Go for a swim in these unique salt water pools, which are dramatically set amid rugged coastal cliffs and protective volcanic rock.

Top activities in Madeira Island

Safari West Tour
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Safari West Tour

80% of travellers recommend
CA $70
Per adult
Private Service VIP Levada Caldeirão Verde Walk
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Private Service VIP Levada Caldeirão Verde Walk

CA $37
Per adult
Best of the East - Funchal, Santana - Full Day Tour
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Best of the East - Funchal, Santana - Full Day Tour

90% of travellers recommend
CA $39
Per adult
Private Service VIP South Tour
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Private Service VIP South Tour

100% of travellers recommend
CA $39
Per adult
Whales & Dolphins Watch aboard Bonita da Madeira
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Whales & Dolphins Watch aboard Bonita da Madeira

80% of travellers recommend
CA $51
Per adult
Eira do Serrado & Monte Half-Day Tour
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Eira do Serrado & Monte Half-Day Tour

94% of travellers recommend
CA $39
Per adult