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Let Madeira amaze you

You just might be pleasantly surprised by the wide choice of things to do in Madeira. Take in the stunning island scenery, sample the mouth-watering local cuisine, experience thrilling paragliding or relax on lovely beaches and at child-friendly pool complexes.

On holidays in Madeira, gaze at spectacular views of Funchal Bay on a cable car ride. Or if you’re feeling bold, get a bird’s eye view of the luscious landscape with thrilling paragliding. Get up close to nature at beautiful botanical gardens. Or stretch out in the sunshine and bathe in the crystal-clear waters of the Atlantic at family-friendly beaches.

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Action and adventure

A ‘must’ on Madeira holidays – take the Funchal Cable Car up to Monte for awe-inspiring vistas across the bay. Then explore the exquisite Monte Palace Tropical Gardens. Drink in the glorious scenery while tandem paragliding, or by motorbike with Madeira Sidecar Tours. For golfers, the beautiful Palheiro course beckons.

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Madeira attractions

Breathe in the fragrance of bougainvillea as you stroll around the stunning Palheiro Gardens. Or spot vibrant-hued parrots while exploring Madeira Botanical Gardens. Soak up the sights and scents of the Farmers’ Market in Funchal’s Old Town. Then admire the architectural splendour of Sé Cathedral and São Lourenço Palace.

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Madeira cuisine

Tuck into succulent espetada (beef kebabs seasoned with garlic and herbs) and sample fresh limpets tossed in butter and lemon. Set your taste buds alight with black scabbard fish drizzled with passion fruit sauce. Complete your meal with traditional queijada (cheesecake) washed down with a glass of chilled Madeiran wine.

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Beaches in Madeira

With their volcanic sands mingled with pebbles, Madeira’s beaches are not famed for their beauty. But excellent bathing spots can still be found – try the Blue Flag-accredited Barreirinha and Praia Formosa. Or let little ones splash in the safety of fantastic pool complexes Lido and Ponta Gorda.

Experience the very best that Madeira has to offer

Get the most out of your Madeira holiday with these Funchal experiences.

City Hop-on Hop-off Tour.

For the perfect introduction to Funchal, explore this beautiful historic city aboard an open-top bus. The Funchal City Hop-on Hop-off Tour gives you the freedom to choose when and where you want to alight, with a choice of 16 strategically-placed stops around the city. Onboard the double-decker bus, relax and enjoy a full commentary before choosing which of Funchal’s top attractions you want to see next. Tickets are valid for 24 hours.

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Get an authentic taste of Madeira while enjoying some traditional entertainment. Relax over dinner at a typical Madeiran restaurant. Sample local delicacies such as Espetada – beef on a skewer spiced and grilled over an open fire – while a folklore group perform traditional dances for you. Wine and coffee are also included with your meal. After dinner, take in some of the sights of Funchal from a belvedere.

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See the highlights of East Madeira on this full day tour. Visit Camacha, a town famous for its wicker, and watch artisans at work. Take in spectacular views from the 1,810 metre-high Pico Arieiro, before visiting a trout hatchery at Ribeiro Frio. After a stop at scenic Faial, climb up to the pretty village of Santana and see its renowned thatched houses. You’ll then continue to Portela on the north coast to admire the incredible Eagle’s Cliff rock formations.

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Discover traditional Madeira at its best, take in magnificent scenery and sample fine Madeiran wines on this half-day tour. Admire the breathtaking views from Pico dos Barcelos and the 1,094 metre-high Eira do Serrado. Explore the fascinating little village of Monte in the suburbs of Funchal. Then enjoy an exhilarating ride on the sledge or ‘Toboggan’, to Livramento. Your tour concludes with a visit to a private wine cellar and tasting of a selection of Madeiran wines.

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Island tour.

Madeira is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty – see the best it has to offer on this full-day tour. Your experience begins with admiring the glorious view over Camara de Lobos from Pico da Torre. This will be followed by the incredible vistas from Cabo Girao, the second largest cliff in the world. Gaze at the stunning waterfalls in Porto Moriz and visit the beautiful village of Santana – famed for its charming, triangular thatched houses.

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