Tourist Information

Whilst on your vacation in Madeira, there are many things do to and see around the island. There is something for everyone, young or old.
Madeira is probably best known for its abundance of flowers, exotic plants and dramatic landscapes, simply a nature lover’s paradise. But for the more energetic the island can be an exciting playground particularly in extreme sports.

Rambling and Walking – A network of water irrigation channels called Levadas are unique to Madeira and provide a natural source for watering, which covers the entire island. With over 2000kms of levadas and 30kms of tunnels makes this island an attractive place for ramblers who can walk alongside them on pathways whilst enjoying some of the most dramatic and beautiful sceneries in the world. Most of the Levadas have been graded for walks and some can be precipitous so a specialist guide is advised. Our ‘Rambling in Madeira’ writer, Shirley Whitehead has produced a walking guide called “Madeira Walks” and is a useful tool for the novice and expert rambler and is available from our e-shop section on this site.

Gardens and Museums – There are many beautiful gardens to explore and museums that look at the History and Culture of the island. In Funchal there are several free parks as well as a promenade that follows the coastal route from the city to the outskirts of Camera do lobos.

Nature Park – Part of the island has been protected for conservation of its ‘Lauirissilva’ forests and species of wild animals and birds. In 1999 Madeira’s Laurissilva forest was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List and currently Portugal’s only asset as a World Nature Heritage. The project of the Nature Park started in 2001 and was financed by the program “LIFE-Nature” and NGO Fauna and Flora International. Not only is the program designed to protect and conserve the central eastern area of Madeira but is also aimed at the recovery of the habitat of Zino’s Petrol and other endemic birds.

Sea Life – As the island is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean there is plenty to explore on and under the water. Many places offer Scuba diving and Snorkeling and can also provide courses for first timers. Many boat companies offer day trips for fishing and whale and Dolphin watching. Our waters are abundant with all different types of marine life above and below and will thrill almost everyone to see these creatures in their natural habitat.

Kids and the young at heart – Around the island there are public areas for swimming, diving and floating platforms rigged up during the summer along the coast and everyone can have free access to this playground. In the Municipal of Calheta, a new man made sandy beach has been recently constructed alongside a new Marina. Porto Moniz has an area of volcanic rock pools that are filled with sea water. During the summer months these pools become highly concentrated and so enable swimmers to gently float in the warm waters.

One cannot come to Madeira without experiencing the famous toboggan ride from Monte Church in Funchal. An age old mode of transport is still alive today so that visitors can experience the rush and thrill of zooming down the hillside in a straw basket which is skillfully steered by two carreiros dressed in traditional costume and straw hats.
Contrary to belief there is an abundance of nightlife in the Capital. Romance and fun can be found with several traditional and international restaurants, some with entertainment such as the local ‘Fado’. There are also plenty of night clubs which will keep you up till dawn and also many ‘themed’ bars and karaoke.

For something a little more gentile and classier in style, Afternoon Tea at Reids is an experience not to be forgotten, following in the footsteps of the gentry by sipping tea, eating cucumber sandwiches and indulging in delicious cakes whilst sitting on the balcony with a panoramic view of Funchal. To book please go to our ‘About Madeira’ page and click on the link. Bookings require a two day notice.

There are many things to do and see in Madeira and we have only touched the tip of the iceberg. Keep an eye on this page as we will update this regularly with new attractions when they become available.

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