When arriving on the Madeira Islands, you’re sure to be distracted by the stunning backdrop that greets you. In Funchal for example, the city is dwarfed by the Pico do Arieiro Mountain. Further away on Porto Santo, the beach is among the finest in the world with its clear sands and shimmering waters. Madeira’s highest mountain, Pico Ruivo, is perfect for anyone with a head for heights, standing at around 6,200 feet!
For such a small island, Madeira has quite a lot packed into it, particularly in the capital, Funchal. Botanists will love a trip to the Presidential Palace Garden or Santa Catarina Park, while there’s also beauty in the city’s many buildings. Golf fans will love coming to Madeira too; Santo da Serra Golf near Machico is one of the finest courses in all of Portugal. Culture fans will find themselves entertained at the Frederico de Freitas Museum, home to the doctor of the same name.
Although not renowned for its beaches, the shingle shores have an understated beauty which makes them ideal for gentle walks or dips into the water. However, if you pine for sand, the man-made beach at Calheta is worth a visit. Meanwhile, the volcanic black sand on Praia Formosa is quite a sight to behold, especially if you want to see something different.
Madeira is a group of Portuguese islands in the Atlantic Ocean, 250 miles north of the Canary Islands and 530 miles southwest of mainland Portugal.