Top Attractions To Visit On The Island Of Madeira

Madeira is one of those holiday destinations you may not have heard much about but is a secret gem. A Portuguese island that happens to be the largest and most populated island of the Madeira Archipelago, it is on top of a massive, submerged dormant shield volcano. It is located off the coast of Morocco in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The island has a very mild subtropical climate all year round. You can expect some winds which may bring some cloudiness and rainfall as well as some humidity. Rainfall tends to be concentrated between October and April with it being quite rare in the summer, especially on the Southern side of the island. If you want warm weather and less humidity visit Maderia from May to September.

The island is breathtakingly beautiful, and it is little wonder travellers flock to visit it. There are many places that you can visit on the island and I thought I’d share with you five top things to do or places to visit on the island of Madeira.

Levada Walk


If hiking is something you enjoy, then taking a Levada Walk might just be the thing for you.
Levada Walks are walking trails along the maintenance paths beside the Levadas or mini canals. It is a wonderful way to see the beauty of the island and is one of the most popular outdoor activities on the island throughout the year.

Sao Vicente Caves

If you love exploring caves when you go travelling then the Sao Vincente Caves are caves of outstanding beauty. Formed as part of a volcanic eruption over 800,000 years ago, you can now walk through the caves and see the lava tubes formed from the eruption. 

Monte Palace Tropical Garden

Monte Palace

These gardens are home to more than 100,000 species of plants. Very impressive, right? However, the gardens also house a collection of ‘living fossils’ as well as many free-roaming birds. It is great to explore in the sunshine and should it start raining you can visit the museum on the grounds as well housing two collections one of rocks and minerals and one of the sculptures.

Monte Toboggan Run

If you are a traveller who loves to experience the more unique side of 
a destination then the Monte Toboggan Run is the activity for you. Head to the Madeira Botanical Garden above the city of Funchal and then, instead of walking back down, take a ride down instead! The toboggan run is essentially a wicker basket with two seats. It is pushed and guided by two men wearing traditional costumes and straw hats. Their shoes are made of rubber and serve as brakes and the basket goes down the mountain on wooden runners. A thrilling, fun, and unique way to explore the island for sure!

Whale And Dolphin Spotting


Because of the location of Madeira, the opportunity to see visiting whales and dolphins arises more than in most other places. Some species can be very common to see in the waters of Madeira. If you have the chance to do so, try spotting some whales and dolphins by taking a boat trip, It is spectacular to watch them in their natural habitat at such a close range.

As you can see, Madeira is a beautiful island with plenty to offer both its residents and visitors. There are plenty of other stunning places to visit and fun things to do. We flew to Maderia with Jet2 which we would recommend.  We did tours of the island but you could always check out car rental in Madeira if you are a confident driver. Why not consider Madeira for your next destination when it's safe to travel again? 


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  1. I've wanted to go to Madeira for such a long time, it looks so beautiful