Região Autónoma da Madeira Travel Guide

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    A view from Botanic Garden
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Funchal

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511,1065,100

Madeira Island

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792,1966,2

Porto Santo Island

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69,170,9

Caniço

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1,5,33

Câmara de Lobos

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31,89,0

Curral das Freiras

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15,30,0

Porto Moniz

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28,84,5

Machico

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25,48,6

Ribeira Brava

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19,39,5

Santana

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31,69,2

Levadas

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14,16,0

Calheta

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14,17,3

Seixal

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2,15,0

Serra de Água

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8,28,0

São Vicente

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18,41,4

Ponta do Sol

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15,33,3

Santo da Serra

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2,7,1

Deserta Grande

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8,16,0

Selvagem Grande

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3,7,0

Santa Cruz

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8,14,7

Caniçal

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2,11,0

Portela

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2,7,0

Selvagem Pequena

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3,5,0

Ribeiro Frio

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0,17,0

São Jorge

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1,2,0

Ribeira da Janela

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1,4,0

Funchal

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Madeira Island

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  • Encumeada

    Madeira Island Things to Do

    Encumeada is a famous location in Madeira, because it adds to a natural beauty the circumstance of being the only point in the island allowing to see the north and south coasts. As a matter of fact, in most times clouds turn the views impossible, but even the clouds may be, sometimes a show for themselves. More details in Serra d'Água

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  • Hotel Calheta Beach

    Madeira Island Hotels

    Calheta has a marvelous marina and have the only beach of yellow sand. It´s situated in the West...

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  • Round and about Funchal

    Madeira Island Things to Do

    Funchal boasts so many attractions that it is difficult to see or mention them all. Some have been mentioned in detail elsewhere but here are others worth a visit. Mercado dos LavradoresIn the centre is the big art deco open roofed market building. In the fish market a dozen vendors are ready to chop off a tuna steak, filet an "espada"), or scoop...

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Porto Santo Island

Caniço

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  • Scuba Diving in Galo beach

    Caniço Things to Do

    This is a very nice place for you to take your scuba first lesson. It's a beach where you can see some of the different varieties of Madeira Island fish species. Here you can borrow scuba equipment or take your own snorkel and googles.If you are not up for the scuba you can relax on the beach with many access to the clear water with sun almost of...

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  • Riu Palace Madeira

    Caniço Hotels

    Praia dos Reis Magos, Canico, Madeira, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

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Câmara de Lobos

  • The city

    Câmara de Lobos Things to Do

    Câmara de Lobos is a small city near Funchal that, nowadays, seems to be part of the capital. By day, it is possible to notice a smaller density in construction, dominated by the port, but by night it's really impossible to distinguish them.

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  • Take a (short) round walk

    Câmara de Lobos Things to Do

    After we arrived by bus, we headed down to the fishing boats in the old center of town. You cannot miss it as it's just downhill. We then followed the one lane street Rua S. Joao de Deus up to the San Sebastian church passing the Pande Monium Café to the left. Then walk around the church and you are on Praca Autonomia from where you will have great...

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  • By hop on hop off bus

    Câmara de Lobos Transportation

    We came to Camares de Lobos on the blue line of the yellow hop on hop off bus. The blue line is not very frequent but since the departure times are noted on their map, it's not really a problem. Personally, I preferred the yellow hop on hop off to the red one as the ticket was valid for 2 days whereas the red one is only valid for 24 hours. The red...

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Curral das Freiras

  • The old path

    Curral das Freiras Favorites

    Today there is a tunnel being drilled at the bottom of the valley to improve access and commuting times for the locals. The present journey can take an hour from Funchal and many commute there with their produce to the market each day.On the way down the mountain road from Eagles Nest you may spot this grassy zig-zag path - the way the nuns first...

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  • Chestnuts

    Curral das Freiras Local Customs

    The main produce of Nun's Valley is the sweet chestnut. They have a yearly festival for it in November - we missed it by a week unfortunately. However chestnut soup, chestnut cake, chestnut liqueur, just about anything chestnut! can be sampled in many of the small cafes in the village.

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  • Chestnut Cake

    Curral das Freiras Restaurants

    We tried the chestnut cake and whilst Ok I found it a bit dry - could have done with some cream! The portions where quite large and the best option would be to have two half portions - one of madeira cake and the other chestnut. - that seemed quite a popular choice. On the way out I sampled some of the local liquers made here:Chestnut - not quite...

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Porto Moniz

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  • "Mole" islet

    Porto Moniz Things to Do

    A small islet in Porto Moniz was used to install the lighthouse. It is called "Mole" which means soft, but I can´t understand the name - the look is so hard as everything else in the area.

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  • Moniz Sol

    Porto Moniz Hotels

    Vila do Porto Moniz, Porto Moniz, 9270-095, Portug

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • The natural pools

    Porto Moniz Things to Do

    They call them "natural pools", but the bathing area is artificial enough to be safe. The view is nice, with the black colour of the rocks heavily contrasting with the light blue of the ocean, and the white foam.There are several natural small ponds in the wild rocks, and the complex is very beautiful.The use of the pools is paid but cheap, from...

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Machico

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  • Great Views, OK Food

    Machico Restaurants

    Set in a huge, cavernous restaurant, this place is a fairly new addition to town. As it's up in the hills inland, you really need to get a lift or take a taxi there. Their selling point is certainly the great views that you get over town all the way to the sea. We ate here at night and it was lovely. The setting would almost be romantic if the...

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  • White Waters Hotel

    Machico Hotels

    Situated right in the heart of Machico, a stone's throw from the beach this hotel is excellent. I've...

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  • Restaurante Residencial O Facho

    Machico Restaurants

    A very poor choice this. It's advertised as a Pizzaria, but when we walked in, one look at the pizzas (and accompanying faces of disappointment) at a neighbouring table made me go for some different. We really only tried this place as Machico is relatively small and you do start to run out of options after a few days if you don't want to eat at the...

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Ribeira Brava

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  • Flooding

    Ribeira Brava Favorites

    When I visited Ribeira Brava, it has been severily hit by severe flooding, but it was completely recovered - only in the beach the signs of the dragged rocks and garbagge were still present. Your visit will not be disturbed.

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  • Hotel Do Campo Eco

    Ribeira Brava Hotels

    Estrada de Banda d' Alem, 25, Ribeira Brava, 9350-232, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Popular Saints

    Ribeira Brava Local Customs

    Like elsewhere in Portugal, the three popular saints (Anthony, John and Peter) are pretext for popular festivities. In Ribeira Brava we had fun!

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Santana

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  • Houses

    Santana Things to Do

    No... I didn't go to Santana.Some friends in our group di, and they told us that this is one of the least interesting areas of Madeira, with only a couple of "traditional" houses in display for tourists. That's why I used my limited time to see some other places in the island, and "saw" the house in Almerindo's pictures.Well, they seem to be more...

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  • Residencial O Curtado

    Santana Hotels

    Santana, 9230-088, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

  • Viewpoints

    Santana Warnings and Dangers

    Be carefull at the view points especially if you have vertigo. Some view points are not so safe as you can think. Be carefull!!!

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Levadas

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  • Laural Plants

    Levadas Favorites

    In the north of the island,many of the original dense laurel woods can still be seen, although interspersed here and there are junipers together with tree ferns, tree heaths, chestnuts and cedars up to 30m(100ft) in height. On the south of the island the woodlands are less dense due to the lower rainfall levels and, in many places, forest has given...

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  • Many flowers

    Levadas Favorites

    Madeira enjoys a favourable climate and particularly in spring and autumn, visitors to the island will discover a blaze of colour. Just take a look around: bougainvillea in all their colours, freesias, geraniums, bright red poinsettias, jasmine, amaryllis, lilies, olive green aloes, gladioli, begonia, chrysanthemum, antirrhinums and marigolds,...

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  • Pride of Madeira

    Levadas Favorites

    Madeira viper's bugloss (Pride of Madeira) with it first reddish, then blue flowers is frequently to be seen growing alongside footpaths and levadas. It's the symbol of Madeira forest.

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Calheta

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  • Limited travel in Calheta

    Calheta Transportation

    Calheta is a vey small town with everything you need at the beach front which you can cover in a 5 minute walk! This review is to warn you about travelling around Maderia if you stay in Calheta. If you want to visit the many attractions in Madeira do not stay in Calheta. It is remote and not on the main tourist route. To get to many destinations...

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  • Hotel Pico da Urze

    Calheta Hotels

    Sitio do Ovil - Paul da Serra, Calheta, 9370 028, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Recreation port

    Calheta Things to Do

    The recreation port of Calheta offers two hectares of gardens and landscaped zones, 18 commercial spaces, a building for the nautical club and a brand new marina. Inspired in the Expo 98 in Lisboa, the new port revitalized this village in many aspects. Due to the new facilities, boats from all over the world travel to here.

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Seixal

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  • Ribeira da Janela

    Seixal Things to Do

    I read that one of the most beautiful villages in Madeira was Ribeira da Janela, by the same river, but with an altitude of more than 500 meters. Well, I didn't visit, didn't see its camping park( the only one in Madeira, they say) only crossed the river's mouth at sea level, when travelling from Seixal to Porto Moniz. Next time...

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  • Old Road

    Seixal Things to Do

    It's remarkable the contrast between the old road that follows the north side of the island and the modern one. Seixal provides good sights but it is a pity that, for security reasons, most sections of the old road are closed to traffic.

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Serra de Água

  • Trails

    Serra de Água Things to Do

    No visit to Madeira is complete, without a walk in the wild. The "levadas" are the best way to collect superb views and they are everywhere, though with different levels of beauty and risk. However, levadas are not the only way, and in Serra d'Água there are also some interesting trails.

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  • Waterfalls

    Serra de Água Things to Do

    They are not famous as some other in Madeira. They are not big, and I don't even know if they are permanent, or just the consequence of recent raining, but I must confess that Encumeada had the greatest density of waterfalls for square kilometer in all the island, when I visited it. Great views!

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  • Peeks

    Serra de Água Things to Do

    Serra d'Agua and Encumeada are the areas were the views of the peeks are more impressive. Frequent fog enhance the image of the steep mountains, while flowers and general green soften the landscape. Small waterfalls may be seen almost everywhere.

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São Vicente

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  • Chapel

    São Vicente Things to Do

    In the middle of the river, in the beach, there's a small chapel built in 1694 upon an odd rock formation, in a place where tradition says that the saint has appeared. I was afraid that recent flooding could have damaged it, but, no, it is perfect.

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  • Solar da Bica

    São Vicente Hotels

    Thanks to Madeira Island’s modern road network, the northern coast is about 30 minutes away from...

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  • North road

    São Vicente Things to Do

    The northern side of the island is wild, with steep mountains providing strong background to the scenery road. S. Vicente is the easiest access either eastbound or westbound, usually functioning as the starting point to two alternative circuits. I did it westbound... twice, which means that I will probably return to S. Vicente to complete the...

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