Introducing holidays to Madeira
The archipelago of Madeira offers incredible natural beauty, a mild climate year-round as well as friendly people, making it an ideal destination for holiday makers seeking a relaxing holiday in the sun. There are plenty of experiences to enjoy, as well as lots of activities to try your hand at. With numerous diverse locations to visit within Madeira, there’s something for everyone. Funchal, Madeira’s capital, is located on a bay and features a more modernised city centre, as well as three main historical areas: São Pedro, Santa Maria Maior and Sé. Ponta Do Sol is one of the most well-preserved historical centres on Madeira and features several splendid attractions including the Ponte do Caminho Real. Head to Pico Do Areeiro and Pico Ruivo to get a breath of fresh air in the island third-highest region, where you can take on the foothpath between Pico do Areeiro and Pico Ruivo and savour the breathtaking views.
Action & adventure
Madeira is bursting with things to do, whatever your interests are. With its amazing natural beauty and environmental diversity, travelling between the different parts of Madeira offers a wide selection of notably individual exciting experiences and memories. Head to Sao Vicentre at the North of the Island, to experience the Sao Vicente Caves, where you can visit the magnificent underground lava corridors and experience several geological marvels up close and personal. At Seixal, follow the road to the west rewards you with views over one of the most picturesque landscapes of the northern coast of the island. There are natural pools of sea water, shaped by the rocks, which provide the perfect opportunity for a refreshing dive into the blue waters. Seixal has many verdant areas and cascading waterfalls to explore and walk around, as well as a black sand beach.
Madeira is renowned for its natural wonders, including cloud-topped mountains and levadas. The intrinsic beauty of the archipelago and rugged geological formations make it an ideal destination for more active holidaymakers and those who enjoy challenging walks on mountainous areas. One of the island’s top attractions is the Garajau Natural reserve, an entirely nautical reserve where you can spot marine wonders including manta rays, turtles and schools of barracuda.
In addition to exploring the natural environments, there’s a multitude of activities to try out, ensuring there’s something for everybody. You can opt to try climbing, canyoning, mountain biking, horse riding, jeep safaris or trekking. With plenty of visitors to the archipelago around the year, you’re sure to meet like-minded travellers and make friends along the way. Paragliding and hang-gliding are also favourite sports on the island, with the natural terrain providing the ideal setting for gliding and taking in the spectacular views. For man-made fun, head to Santana to enjoy the Theme Park, which features boat trips, trying your hand at traditional Portuguese activities and impressive fire-breathing entertainers. There’s also a virtual tour of the island, perfect for enjoying the sights of the island if you don’t fancy venturing up a mountain yourself!