Localities

Although it is small, Madeira is rich in majestic scenery and rare beauty. Go and explore the charms and delights of this floating garden!

The main places to visit in the Madeira Islands are Funchal, the capital of the archipelago, Caniço, the east coast (Santa Cruz and Machico), the west coast (Câmara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol and Calheta), the north coast (Porto Moniz; São Vicente and Santana) and Porto Santo.

Delight yourself with the countless views, on an island of such outstanding natural beauty!

Going west from Funchal you will come to Câmara de Lobos, a typical fishing town, and Cabo Girão, the highest sea cliff in Europe and the second highest in the world (580 m). Nearby is the curious village of Curral das Freiras.
 
It is located in a deep valley and has one of the island’s most spectacular landscapes, where dizzying views (over 500 meters high, from its belvedere- Eira do Serrado) will take your breath away.
 
Continuing westward, visit the pleasant village of Ribeira Brava, before going up to Encumeada on a road full of belvederes from which you can see the surrounding mountain peaks.
 
If you like, go down to the sunny coast of Ponta do Sol and Calheta, with their tempting bathing areas. Surfers will find the best waves in Europe at the picturesque beaches of Jardim and Paúl do Mar.
 
If you drive up to Paúl da Serra, the largest plateau in Madeira, stop to take in the fine view of the northern and southern slopes. Then go down to Porto Moniz and refresh yourself by taking a swim in the natural pools formed in the lava that once flowed down to the ocean.
 
Our journey continues to São Vicente, on a road scattered with waterfalls, where the majestic green of the hillsides contrasts with the crystalline blue of the sea.
When you get to São Vicente visit the caves and the volcano centre and the Museum Centre – Lime Route or simply take a stroll through the town’s pleasant streets.
 
From here you can also go back up to Encumeada, delighting your senses with the luxuriant vegetation of the Laurissilva “laurel Forest “ or go on to Santana, discovering small belvederes on the way.
 
In Santana you must visit the typical A - framed thatched roof houses, the theme park and Queimadas, which is the starting point for excellent walks like Caldeirão Verde.
The descent to Faial is a pleasant surprise thanks to the impressive beauty of the surrounding mountains.
 
When you get to Faial you can choose between Machico or a visit the island’s interior, taking the road to Ribeiro Frio, Poiso and Pico do Areeiro. This peak is the island’s third
highest point (1,818 m) and here we can find beautiful rock formations reaching into the sky like timeless statues.
 
If you choose to go to Machico, be sure to visit Caniçal and Ponta de São Lourenço, the island’s easternmost point from where you can see Porto Santo!
 
On the old road back to Funchal, at Ponta do Garajau, Caniço, Santa Cruz, make sure to stop and look out at the Desertas Islands and the fabulous view of the bay from the São Gonçalo Belvedere.
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