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Top places to visit in Madeira

Madeira is known for its variety in landscape, types of flora and fauna. Thanks to its orography some places offer staggering views and spectacular surroundings, some deep into a lushfull green forest, others on the edge of a cliff above the sea. Some take you on a journey through your senses, others will place you in a fairy tale scenery.

Here is our top places to visit in Madeira:

Laurissilva Forest - Fanal

Fanal

This beautiful subtropical forest is part of UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE, a relict of a previously widespread laurel forest that existed in prehistoric Europe. It is the largest suriving area in the world, containing a unique suite of plants and animals, including many endemic species.

We recommend a small walk through the ancient trees and small lakes. Depending on the weather, you can be lucky enough to find a sunny blue sky day in contrast with the green grass and tress, or you can find a mystic fog surrounding you, inviting you to explore the unkown.

Câmara de Lobos

Câmara de Lobos

Câmara de Lobos is a small fishing village on the south coast of Madeira Island, close to Funchal you can get there in 5 minutes. A very colourfull and photogenic bay will provide amazing photos and selfies. 

While here you should try the famous Poncha, a traditional drink that deliver quite the “punch”.

Cabo Girão

Cabo Girão

In Cabo Girão you will find a glass bottom viewpoint  that stands above the sea at 580 meters. Here you will find an amazing panoramic view that covers the sea and Funchal city to your left.

Monte

Monte

Monte is famous for the churc Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte, the historic centre and Tropical Monte Palace gardens. Located north of Funchal, the church looks above the city providing panoramic views. The gardens offer a wide variety of colorfull flowers and flora endemic to the island.

You can also arrive here from Cable Car that stars in Funchal – Almirante Reis. You can also ride down in a basket car ‘tobogan’, a thrilling experience all new comers should experience once!

Curral das Freiras (Nuns Valley)

Nuns Valley

This pictouresque village got its name from a group of nuns that escaped pirates attacks in the 16th century and hid in this valley. Accessible by long and winding road through the mountains and dense forest, it is surrounded by high mountains.

On the road to Nuns Valley, you can access the viewpoint of Eira do Serrado, from here you have a breathtaking view over Nuns Valley and the surrounding mountains.

Pico Ruivo - Madeira's Highest Peak

Pico Ruivo

At 1862 meters high, Pico Ruivo is the highest peak of Madeira Island. It can be access through a path that starts in Pico Areeiro or from Achada do Teixeira in a shorter and easier trail.

When you arrive at the top you will have a 360 degree view over the surrounding mountains, if you are lucky, you will be above a sea of clouds, providing unforgettably views.