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Madeira, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean and part of Portugal, is known for its breathtaking landscapes, mild climate, and rich culture. This "Pearl of the Atlantic" offers a unique vacation experience, from hiking in the mountains to relaxing in subtropical gardens.

What is the best time to go to Madeira?

The best time to visit Madeira is between March and October when the weather is beautiful and nature is at its best. This period provides the perfect conditions for hiking along the levadas, exploring the natural pools, and enjoying outdoor activities. The island enjoys a pleasant climate all year round, making it an excellent winter sun destination as well.

What should you really do in Madeira?

A must-do on Madeira is to explore the levadas, unique irrigation canals with paths that offer breathtaking views. Also visit Funchal, the charming capital, with its colorful market and historic old town. Don't miss the chance to climb to the top of Pico Ruivo for spectacular panoramic views and relax in the natural pools of Porto Moniz.

How many days do you need for Madeira?

For a full experience of what Madeira has to offer, a stay of at least a week is recommended. This gives enough time to both explore the cultural sights in Funchal and experience various natural wonders of the island, from the verdant mountains to the crystal clear sea. With extra time, you can also explore the island's quieter, undiscovered spots or take a day trip to nearby Porto Santo.


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What do you know about Madeira

Flowers, walking, old people. Stop. Those would be our answers in a World's Smartest Man to the question, "What do you know about Madeira?" before we had been there ourselves. Now an entire episode of the quiz would not be enough to tell you about Madeira. Beautiful Madeira, a pearl of an island in the Atlantic Ocean, nestled between Portugal and Africa. The island guarantees a bounty of luxury, tranquility and adventure.

A gourmet paradise.

Madeira is a gourmet feast, with an abundance of fresh fish and seafood, and local wines that delight the palate. Experience Madeira's culinary delights in its many small, upscale restaurants and cafes, where the focus is on quality and taste. Or visit one of the many wineries and enjoy the delicious wines.

Fancy an authentic Madeiran dining experience? Then be sure to visit the Mercado dos Lavradores, the local market in the heart of Funchal. You'll discover an abundance of fresh produce such as vegetables, fruits and fish, as well as traditional Madeiran products such as espada (black dough fish) and bolo do caco (a local bread specialty). The market also offers a chance to meet local artisans and buy traditional handmade products.

Nature to make your mouth water

And Madeira is more than just food and drink. The island is a treasure trove of natural attractions. Beautiful landscapes alternate with verdant mountains, dizzying cliffs and glistening coastlines. Madeira's real secret lies off the beaten path, away from mass tourism. Adventurous travelers will discover a treasure trove of hidden and undiscovered spots. Explore unspoiled nature on an off-road safari, seek out hidden waterfalls and swimming spots, or take a boat ride along the breathtaking coastline.

One of the highlights of visiting Madeira is exploring the levadas - the historic irrigation canals that run throughout the island. These trails offer a unique and spectacular way to explore the island. Many of these trails are well laid out and offer easy walking, while others are more challenging and a sense of adventure is never far away. One of the most popular levada walks is the Levada do Caldeirão Verde, which takes you through lush forests and past beautiful waterfalls. If you are looking for something less crowded, the Levada das 25 Fontes and the Risco waterfalls hikes are also recommended.

Beach and traditions

Fancy a quieter beach experience? Then Praia do Porto Moniz is the place to go. Located on the north side of the island, this beach surrounded by beautiful cliffs offers a unique setting for sunbathing and swimming. Also enjoy local specialties at the numerous restaurants and bars nearby.

For a more traditional evening, we recommend a visit to a fado show. This is a musical tradition strongly rooted in Portuguese culture. One of the best places to experience this is at the Fado na Cidade in Funchal. Here you will enjoy traditional food and local wine while listening to the beautiful singing of the fadistas. End your vacation with a unique and unforgettable experience, and take a boat trip to the neighboring island of Porto Santo. This small island is a wonderful day trip from Madeira and offers a different kind of landscape with vast sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. So, whether you're looking for adventure or tranquility to luxury or adventure, Madeira is the perfect destination. From culinary delights to breathtaking landscapes and hidden treasures, Madeira has something for everyone. Explore this beautiful island and enjoy a vacation you will never forget.

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