Those who follow a Levada once, want to follow it forever

Arnaud B, Tripadvisor

Find yourself above the clouds.

Mark T, Tripadvisor  

Beyond your dreams

Thierry17310, Tripadvisor

What a wonderful and adventurous time we had in Porto Santo

Irina Regher, Riska Photography Blog

I only wish I could have stayed longer.

Andycoldham, Tripadvisor

Funchal

Very Typical

One destination, many Islands

Porto Santo

Funchal

Funchal, from the portuguese word "funcho" (fennel). Located in the heart of the Madeira Island, Funchal (so called because of the massive amounts of fennel - "funcho" - that grew there in the

XVth century) was founded in 1508, and is a perfect combination of traditional and modern, commercial and cultural, urban life and natural scenery. Museums, gardens, wineries, markets, restaurants - the only problem will be to choose where to start - and what to do next.

Very Typical

One of the most known and sought tourist attractions are the wicker basket downhill tours, from the Monte (high up in the hills) to Funchal (way down by the sea).These baskets were first used by merchants from Monte to get to Funchal faster, and consist of a big basket (for two) being pushed downhill, using only the drivers feet as brakes. Sounds exciting? It should.

One destination, many Islands

Madeira, Porto Santo, Desertas (deserted) and Selvagens (wild) Islands, you won't be short in choices. Located 1000 km from Europe and just 500 km from Africa, this subtropical Island Chain (temperatures average between 24ºC during Summer and 17ºC in the Winter) goes from urban, hip landscapes to virgin, natural territories inhabited by monk seals (Monachus monachus, the rarest seal in the world) in just a few Kms.

Porto Santo

Located a mere 50Km to the east of the Madeira Island, the Porto Santo Island is a beautiful, unspoiled small piece of land that offers you something that you won't find in the main Island: a 9km long beach, both beautiful and therapeutical (the sand is incredibly rich in iodine and magnesium).

Those who follow a Levada once, want to follow it forever

Arnaud B, Tripadvisor

Laurissilva Forest

Levadas

Did you know...?

Laurissilva Forest

To speak of Madeira is to speak of Nature. Pure, unadulterated, amazing, breath taking Nature. And to speak of pure, unadulterated, amazing, breath taking Nature is to speak of the Laurissilva Forest. A true natural treasure (it is classified as Natural World Heritage by the UNESCO), this kind of sub-tropical forest disappeared almost completely from the face of the earth some 20 million years ago, during the Ice Age. The Madeira's Laurissilva Forest, predominantly in the north of the island, is one of the few that survived and is the widest and better preserved of its kind in the whole world.

Levadas

Levada - from the portuguese word "levar", which means "to carry". The typical Madeira Levadas are water courses created in the XVth century to "carry" the rainwater from the wet north of the island, to the more dry, sunny south, where the banana, sugar cane and grape production flourished. Built during the course of the last five centuries in the steep hills and valleys of the Madeira Island, the Levadas are a complex and beautiful system of nearly 200 rock carved water courses and paths that run more than 2000Km long, all across the island. Breath-taking sceneries? Just follow the path(s).

Did you know...?

… that more than two thirds of the Madeira Island is actually a Natural Park?

Find yourself above the clouds.

Mark T, Tripadvisor  

Wind

Sea

Nature

Earth

Wind

Because of its steep hills and mountains (the highest being Pico Ruivo, at 1862m) and warm weather, Madeira's perfect for Hang gliding and Para Gliding. And the best part, all through the year.

Sea

With and average temperature of 18ºC to 22ºC, Madeira's sea is perfect for Snorkeling, Scuba Diving (with dolphins, turtles and manta rays), whale watching, sailing, surfing, windsurfing, stand up paddling and canoeing, amongst other possibilities. And for those who love fishing, there's a lot to be said, but we'll stick to two simple words: "blue" and "marlin".

Nature

Because of its warm weather, you can do almost all kinds of outdoor actives throughout the year (including winter). Earth, wind and sea, traditional or radical, Madeira's landscape is perfect for everything you wish to try or do.

Earth

Bird Watching, Trekking, Climbing, Canyoning, Jeep Safari, Mountain Bike - the truth is, there's virtually nothing you can't do along Madeira's Mountains, Hills, Valleys and Plains. Including being mesmerised by the view.

The scenery was beautiful along the levadas and we had some incredible views along the way.

Kirsten L., TripAdvisor traveler

Time for everything

Don’t Stop

Did you know…?

Time for everything

The Archipelago of Madeira is so rich and diversified that it will seem like a world in itself. In actual fact, it’s about 801 Km2 of predominantly green landscape, two thirds of which are protected nature reserves. You’ll find the air is clear here and the temperature mild, allowing you to do as you please from January through to December.

Don’t Stop

Never too hot nor too cold (maximum temperature rarely exceeds 30ºC, with the average being 24ºC in the Summer and 17ºC in the Winter), both during the day and night, Madeira's warm climate is actually composed of several micro-climates that allow for very different experiences just a few Kms away.This is one of the advantages of being in such a place. On the same day the weather will allow you to pursue various activities: warm sunshine for a dip in the sea or a boat trip along the Madeiran coastline; cooler weather for a walk along a mountain “levada” or visiting the town centre.with the south being more sunny and dry, and the north more wet and windy. The unique geography also ensures that the humidity remains the same throughout the year. The sea water temperature is also very mild, mainly because of the Gulf Stream, that keeps it between 18ºC in the Winter and 22ºC in the summer.

Did you know…?

Never too hot nor too cold (maximum temperature rarely exceeds 30ºC, with the average being 24ºC in the Summer and 17ºC in the Winter), both during the day and night, Madeira's warm climate is actually composed of several micro-climates that allow for very different experiences just a few Kms away.

Beyond your dreams

Thierry17310, Tripadvisor

Healing Destination

Famous Facts

Wellness

Healing Destination

Madeira's tradition in wellness tourism actually dates back to the XIX century, when it first started being "prescribed" to patients with lung problems and tuberculosis. Madeira's healing properties' fame was rapidly across the globe, making it the first european wellness destination.

Famous Facts

Did you know that the Empress Elisabeth of Autria (better know as Empress Sissi) actually came to Madeira twice, the first time in 1860 to treat herself from a lung condition? Or that Charles I, the last Emperor of Austria, actually chose Madeira as his final residence, and that he's buried there in the Nossa Senhora do Monte Church, since 1922?

Wellness

Tourism, as we know today, may have well started with Madeira and its wellness-seeking travellers. First brought by the climate conditions (and the medical interest), then by its Natural richness (and the scientific interest), Madeira's wellness facilities and amenities have historically been the Island's main attraction.

What a wonderful and adventurous time we had in Porto Santo

Irina Regher, Riska Photography Blog

Special places

Culture

Golf&Sports

Beach & Nature

Special places

The smallest island of Madeira has quite some unique spots. Visit one of the old windmills and climb the island’s famous peaks- Portela, Castelo, Areia, Flores, Ana Ferreira and Facho- to see the stunning views. If you’re the adventurous type, walk the trails by the beach and eat in the picnic areas.

Culture

Porto Santo is not just beach, nature and “dolce far niente”, it is also a place with cultural sites and attractions. The main attraction is the Christopher Columbus Museum House, which marks the presence of the discoverer in the island. The main monument is, definitely, the Mother Church in the middle of Vila Baleira. Then, by visiting the Municipal Hall, the Nossa Senhora da Graça Chapel, and the Discovery Monument you will also feel the island’s rich culture.

Golf&Sports

This island offers the opportunity to play sports right in the middle of nature. Porto Santo’s Golf Course was designed by the golf champion, Severiano Ballesteros, and stretches out across two stunning playing areas, providing spectacular views of the north and south coasts. You can also pick your tennis racket and play in one of the best complexes in the country or you can visit the horse-riding center that organizes pony trekking around Porto Santo.

Beach & Nature

With 9km of golden sand surrounded by green peaks and a clear blue sea, Porto Santo’s beach is ideal to relax and escape the crowds. But this quiet beach is not only a place to rest but also a health resort. Its sands are therapeutic with fine soft grains containing healing elements and the sea has the ability to restore the lack of mineral salts in the body caused by stress and fatigue. This fascinating beach was elected one of the Portuguese 7 wonders- Beach Edition.

Top 5 things to know about travel in Madeira http://metro.co.uk/2013/12/02/top-5-things-to-know-about-travel-in-madeira-from-spas-and-a-sandwich-to-toboggans-4207394/

Chilling out in Madeira http://allabouthairuk.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/chilling-out-in-madeira.html

Four Spas and a Barrel of Wine in Madeira http://www.london-unattached.com/2014/02/madeira-wine-spa-funchal/

Fireworks in Funchal Creative Commons / Porto Bay Hotels
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I only wish I could have stayed longer.

Andycoldham, Tripadvisor

Airlines

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Tour Operators

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