Why Madeira

  • Nature
  • Attractions
  • Nice people
  • Relax
  • Ocean
Madeira is the right destination for any time of the year, whether you love diving, hiking, lying on a sun lounger doing nothing or sitting at the table for hours on end eating delicacies. Here you will find important tips for your trip! Take the opportunity to wander the streets of Funchal and try the famous limpets, you won't regret it,
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In the last post, I said I would still talk about Madeira and here I am again. There are many more attractions to visit this wonderful island that I will unveil now.

Porto Moniz

On a trip to Madeira Island a visit to Porto Moniz, about 35 minutes from the center of Funchal, is a must. The natural saltwater volcanic pools are the calling card of the county, with crystal clear water bursting through lava rocks. After visiting the pools, you can also go to the Miradouro da Santa, with a view over the whole of Porto Moniz.

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Visit the São Vicente Caves

Although formed from a volcanic eruption at Paul da Serra thousands of years ago, it was only in 1996 that the São Vicente Caves opened to the public. Along the way, you will find springs and small lakes with crystal-clear water, always accompanied by ambient music. At the end of the tour, you can visit the Volcanism Centre, where there are audiovisual shows recreating the geological evolution of the caves as well as a simulation of the birth of the Madeira archipelago.

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Catching the boat to Porto Santo

Although the flight from Madeira to Porto Santo Island is about 15 minutes, the experience of boarding the Lobo Marinho is fun. The ship has been sailing this route since 2003 and inside there are restaurants and bars, a tobacconist, gift shop, games rooms, cinema, and multimedia rooms, just like the Madeiran cruise ship.  The journey takes about two and a half hours and once in Porto Santo, head for Pico de Ana Ferreira, to lick yourself with lambecas (the island’s most famous ice-cream, open only in high season), taste Porto Santo wine, go for a walk or just relax.

Nuns Valley

It was in 1566 that a pirate attack caused a group of nuns from the Convent of Santa Clara to flee with the convent’s treasure and find refuge in this deep valley, which became known as Nuns Valley. In the 1960s a road was created connecting Funchal to this area and only since then has it been open to all Madeirans and tourists, showing itself to be a place of tranquillity, surrounded by huge mountains. There are various fruit trees here, such as oranges, lemons, sour cherries, cherries, plums and especially chestnuts – there is a big festival dedicated to chestnuts in the autumn, in November, and it is at this time that the various possibilities of cooking with chestnuts are displayed, including bread, cakes, soups, liqueurs or jams, besides the traditional roasted or boiled chestnuts. For a panoramic view, you can visit the Eira do Serrado viewpoint, at an altitude of 1095 meters, which can be reached via a footpath that is part of the Estalagem Eira do Serrado.

Botanical Garden

One of the most beautiful gardens in the Region, with wonderful views over the city of Funchal, is located in one of the most peculiar Quintas in the city, Quinta do Bom Sucesso. The Quinta dates back to 1881 by the Reid family who created the garden as their private park. Today, the property is open to the public. The garden covers an area of 80,000 m² and houses a fascinating collection of many different plant species and a research and conservation area. In addition to all these attractive features, the Botanical Garden also has a Natural History Museum and a cable car connecting it to the Parish of Monte.

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Take the opportunity to wander the streets of Funchal and try the famous limpets, you won’t regret it!

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