Vacation The Portuguese Way 5 Places To Visit In Madeira

Madeira's warm hospitality and scenic island views promise to keep you mesmerised for days on end. Here are five places you must visit when you come here
The East Coast Of Madeira Islands
The East Coast Of Madeira Islands

Madeira, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, is a paradise for travellers. It offers a diverse range of attractions that will captivate anyone. Madeira's natural wonders, warm hospitality, rich cultural heritage, and delicious local cuisine make it a must-visit destination. Cristiano Ronaldo's hometown has breathtaking landscapes, historical landmarks, and immersive cultural experiences. So, pack your bags and embark on a journey to this enchanting island on your Europe tour from India, where you can create lifelong memories. Here are the top five must-see places we've picked out for you.


Funchal, the capital city of Madeira, is a charming destination that seamlessly blends history and modernity. Start your adventure at the vibrant Old Town (Zona Velha), where you can explore narrow cobbled streets filled with traditional houses, quaint shops, and delightful cafes. Don't forget to visit the bustling Mercado dos Lavradores, where you can indulge in fresh produce, flowers, and local specialities. To capture stunning panoramic views of the city and its surroundings, take a cable car ride to the Monte Palace Tropical Garden, where you'll be surrounded by lush vegetation and breathtaking scenery. 

Pico do Arieiro

Make sure to visit Pico do Arieiro if you want to experience breathtaking views and exhilarating hikes. This peak, located in the central mountain range of Madeira, offers a mesmerizing panoramic vista of the island's rugged landscapes, deep valleys, and distant peaks. You can either take a scenic drive along the winding roads or embark on a challenging but rewarding hike from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo, the highest point on the island. While ascending, you'll be rewarded with stunning scenery and a sense of accomplishment that will leave you feeling invigorated.

Porto Moniz

On the northern coast of Madeira lies Porto Moniz, a coastal town renowned for its awe-inspiring natural lava rock pools. These exceptional rock formations, created by volcanic activity, provide an unparalleled setting for swimming and relaxation. Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters, surrounded by dramatic cliffs and the roaring waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Afterwards, take a stroll through the charming streets of the town, visit the Porto Moniz Aquarium to discover the wonders of marine life, and indulge in fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants with an ocean view.


Come experience the charming village of Santana on Madeira's northern coast and step back in time to a world of tradition. The village is famous for its unique triangular-shaped thatched houses called "Palheiros," which give visitors a glimpse into the island's rural past. For those interested in learning more about the local culture, a visit to the Santana Theme Park is a must. Here, you can discover traditional Madeiran crafts and customs. The Levada das Queimadas and scenic Faial coastline are also close by and provide excellent opportunities for hiking and immersing yourself in the island's natural beauty.

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Come and explore the picturesque village of Santana on the northern coast of Madeira and step into a world filled with rich traditions. The village is famous for its charming triangular thatched houses called "Palheiros," which offer a fascinating glimpse into the island's rural history. If you're interested in local culture, don't miss the chance to visit the Santana Theme Park, where you can discover the customs and traditional crafts of Madeira. You can also easily access the Levada das Queimadas and the stunning Faial coastline, providing plenty of opportunities for hiking and experiencing the island's stunning natural beauty.

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