Welcome to West Coast

West of Funchal is where the Madeiran sun shines brightest, with long light-filled days, dramatic sunsets, and millions of the island’s sweet miniature bananas and Malvasia grapes ripening in the heat. Varied and scenically dramatic, there’s a lot to see and do off the slow road west, from the fishing traditions of Câmara de Lobos […]

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Welcome to East Coast

Outside Funchal, East Madeira is the island’s most heavily populated area. The ‘second city’ and former capital Machico, Madeira’s main port at Caniçal, and the stilt-walking airport are all at this end of the island. It’s an action-packed area of gliding Boeings and aqua parks, golden sand and stupendous views, all just a short ride […]

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Welcome to North Coast

Madeira’s rugged north coast often feels a world away from the sun-splashed south, with high cliffs rising vertically from the seething Atlantic that pounds the island with full force. Three villages (Santana, São Vicente and Porto Moniz) have sufficient attractions for a day excursion from Funchal, but remember – while the south coast bathes in […]

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The Surprising Island of Porto Santo

Thought that Madeira was just one island? Madeira is a group of islands and one of them will delight those in love with kilometric sandy beaches: Porto Santo. Originally the main island of Madeira is volcanic and did not have any beach. So recently, two small artificial beaches have been built on the main island […]

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6 Stunning Things to do in Madeira

Though an island, we’re not talking about beaches: rather, the utterly gob-smacking viewpoints everywhere you turn; dramatic cliffs as tall as skyscrapers; and banana- and vineyard-strewn terraces that envelop the hillsides like gravity-defying labyrinths of sustenance. In other words, Madeira doesn’t dabble in subtlety. Here are some stunning ways to take it all in. Marvelling at […]

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