Madeira Island Things to Do

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    Natural beauty of Ponta de Sao Lourenco

    by CDM7 Written Oct 17, 2013

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    From the car park on the peninsula at the end of the south coast road you can take a walk along the cliff footpath.The long,narrow chain of volcanic cliffs and ravines at the eastern end of Madeira is a dramatic wilderness,protected as a nature reserve.Here you will find many sea birds which nest in colonies;such as the Grebe,Black Petrel,Puffin and Tern.

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    Nuns Valley

    by CDM7 Updated Sep 30, 2013

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    Looking down on Nuns Valley.
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    The small village of Curral das Freiras (Nuns Valley) is situated between almost perpendicular mountains,and as the village is very isolated the villagers live mainly on what they grow.
    The name of the valley came about when in 1566 the nuns of Santa Clara convent fled from pirates who were attacking Funchal.
    The trip up to the viewpoint is via a winding road,from here you have great views looking down on the valley.

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    Visit Funchal

    by ankola83 Written Sep 28, 2013

    Best place to go on Madeira is Funchal. Not only is it big and has lots of tourist attractions it also has a good climat. Good place where most of the trips start. The north part of the island is far more cloudy and rainy.

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    Santo da Serra

    by solopes Updated Feb 6, 2013

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    Santo da Serra - Madeira

    Located in the northeast part of the island, this is "the capital" of golf in Madeira. A new project to protect biodiversity is the most visited highlight, in a village that is also known by its cider production.

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    Funchal

    by solopes Updated Jan 25, 2013

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    Living for (and from) tourism for decades, Funchal was carefully embellished. That, together with the natural beauty makes it... beautiful.

    A good place to stay some days, travelling around in the short trips needed to visit the picturesque points of the island.

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    Pico do Areeiro

    by solopes Updated Aug 23, 2012

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    Pico do Areeiro - Madeira
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    One of the highest points of the island, this is a common and easy visit from Funchal, only a few minutes distant. The views are breathtaking, sometimes with the clouds at your feet, enhancing the dramatic landscape.

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    Porto Moniz

    by solopes Updated Aug 23, 2012
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    Located in the northwestern tip of the island, this is my favorite place, with a great landscape and a wise use of natural conditions to create a few pools in the sea. Not to be missed!

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    Seixal

    by solopes Updated Aug 23, 2012

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    Seixal - Madeira

    A nice village in the north and wild coast of the island, it shows signs of recent development. The beach is... impossible (seixo means pebble) and people lives mainly from agriculture and... tourism, of course. The many waterfalls do help!

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    Eira do Serrado

    by solopes Updated Aug 23, 2012
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    Maybe the most remote location in the island, Eira do Serrado stays in a deep valley squeezed between the biggest mountains of the island. I only saw it from the distance, but that was enough to make me feel a sort of claustrophobia. How did they live before the new and practical road?

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    Véu da Noiva

    by solopes Updated Aug 23, 2012
    Seixal - Madeira

    In my first visit to Madeira, we passed under a waterfall that hits the road near Seixal. I tried to show it to my friends, this time, and reading about "Véu da Noiva" - bride's veil, one of the most famous waterfalls, I thought it was it.

    Wrong! It is a common waterfall, far from the road, and the one that I would like to see must be located in one of the closed segments of the old road.

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    Rabaçal

    by solopes Updated Aug 23, 2012
    Raba��al - Madeira

    Situated atop the island, in a wild area, Rabaçal is not pretty, but it seems to have the most interesting of the interesting "levadas" of the island. Unfortunately, we had no time to follow one of them.

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    Santana

    by solopes Updated Aug 23, 2012
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    One of the most promoted images of Madeira is the triangular facade of the typical houses that, nowadays, only exist in Santana, and, it seems, for touristy purposes. Well, they are nice.

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    Fajã dos Padres

    by solopes Updated Aug 23, 2012
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    Fajã is the name given to the narrow strips of land adjacent to the sea, and created by the erosion of the slopes. One of the most famous "Fajãs" is "Fajã dos Padres", below Cape Girão, in Câmara de Lobos, and only accessible from the sea or by a lift.

    There´s a restaurant down there, but the lift only operates during the day.

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    Lido

    by solopes Updated Aug 23, 2012
    Funchal - Madeira
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    The most touristy area of Funchal is full of hotels, and prepared to receive and feed the tourists.

    However, if you´re not interest in rich mansions, you need to walk a couple of kilometers out of it to see something really interesting.

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    Orchids

    by ElenaKKKK Updated Jun 30, 2012

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    Madeira is famous for its orchid gardens. There are some flowers in the Botanical Gardens and in the garden of Quinta dos Cruzes. But two main gardens are:
    1. Boa Vista Garden (Quinta da Boa Vista, Lombo da Boa Vista Street, Funchal). It has a collection of South American bromeliads, Australian martinetes and African aloes.
    2. Jardim Orquidea (Orchid Garden) - Rua Pita da Silva, 37, Funchal. http://www.madeiraorchid.com.

    Both gardens have rich collection of orchids. Frankly speaking, I prefer Boa Vista, although to see it, you have to climb on foot (up, up and up the hill in hot weather… it was a real challenge for me).

    Be careful: there are a lot of mosquitos: they share love to warmth and high humidity along with orchids )))

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