When it comes to choosing your next destination, some requirements are indispensable: stunning scenery, must-see attractions, hospitable people and unique cuisine. And although the options are varied, Madeira Island stands out for offering all this and more to its visitors.
Next, know the top 20 reasons to pack your bags and embark on an unforgettable journey through the Portuguese archipelago.
1 – It is not necessary to learn another language
As in the rest of Portugal, the official language of the island is Portuguese, making life very easy for Brazilian tourists.
2 – Year-round mild weather
Thanks to the privileged location and its volcanic origin, visitors can enjoy pleasant temperatures, including sea water, at any time of the year.
3 – Funchal, the capital of Madeira
Cosmopolitan and charismatic, the city is home to the largest tourist, commercial and cultural center in the entire archipelago. A full plate for anyone who wants varied attractions throughout the stay.
4 – Its historical center, the Old Town
It has many historic buildings in its narrow streets, as well as bars and restaurants to sample not only the best of gastronomy but also the bustling nightlife of Funchal. Do not miss the Painted Doors Project, an open-air art gallery.
5 – Cable Car
An incredible ride in the air takes passengers to Monte, the upper part of the capital, in 20 minutes. The scenery is breathtaking.
6 – Basket cars
An excellent alternative to get back from Monte to Livramento, this traditional and fun Madeiran transport provides plenty of adrenaline to tourists on a route of about 2 kilometers.
7 – Museums not to be missed
In Funchal, the Sugar Museum, the Quinta das Cruzes Museum, the Frederico de Freitas Museum and the Museum of Sacred Art are worth a visit. Once in Vila Baleira, the only city on the island of Porto Santo, visit the House-Museum of explorer Christopher Columbus.
8 – Madeiran gastronomy
Simple and tasty, it has as its main ingredients seafood such as limpets, and fish like the black sword, typical of the island. Baco-do-Caco and the delicious “Espetada” are other highlights of mouth-watering.
9 – Exotic Gardens
Throughout the world, Madeira is known not only for its natural beauty but also for gardens and parks that are carefully treated and show their great diversity of flowers, plants and trees.
10 – Levadas
They are impressive irrigation canals scattered all over the island created by the need to carry large amounts of water from the north to the south of the island. Together they have an incredible 1,400 kilometers.
11 – Laurissilva Forest
A must for lovers of nature, this forest is composed of trees of the lauráceas family and endemic to Macaronesia. Occupying an area of 15 thousand hectares, it was considered Natural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO.
12 – Natural pools
Porto Moniz and Seixal shelter beautiful natural pools formed by volcanic rocks, where the sea comes naturally. Located on the north coast of the island, they also stand out due to the impressive views of the Atlantic.
13 – Porto Santo
It is the smallest inhabited island of the archipelago, with its extensive beaches with therapeutic properties, which have earned it the nickname of the Golden Island, since they travel practically all its south coast, the equivalent of nine kilometers of beach.
14 – Wines
An intrinsic part of Portuguese culture, Madeira wine, with its delicious aromas and unique character, has already won supporters around the world.
15 – Traditional Embroidery
Art created in the 18th century, is part of local history and even inspired the embroiderers of Morro São Bento, on the coast of São Paulo. Besides the visit to the factory is a very rich experience, embroidery is an excellent souvenir option.
16 – Farmers Market
Colors and traditions blend in this market of magnificent architecture, which ranges from Art Deco and modernism and offers many exotic fruits, as well as beautiful flowers, meats, fish, vegetables and spices of regional origin.
17 – Extreme Sports
Canyoning, abseiling, mountain biking and surfing are just a few of the alternatives for tourists who enjoy pure adrenaline activities.
18 – Dolphin and Whale Watching
Must-see, boat trips are ideal for observing the island’s marine diversity. Dolphins, whales and turtles enchant everyone on a unique adventure.
19 – Hotel offer
Filled with five-star hotels, the archipelago blends modern hotels and charming Provencal-style farmhouses with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.
20 – Traditional events
It can be regional, national or international, what is not lacking are events to enjoy all year round. The Carnival Festivities, the Flower Festival, the Atlantic Festival, Nature Festival, Wine Festival, Colombo Festival and Festivities