Prazares Vacations

13 miles (21 kilometers) to the west of Madeira Island, is Prazares, a great place to delve a little deeper into this fabulous region. A popular spot for visitors, Prazares is 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Madeira Airport.

Many of Madeira Island’s highlights can be found within easy driving distance of Prazares, so it is a convenient place to base yourself. Two sights that should top every visitor’s list is the fabulous Porto Moniz Natural Pools and the much-loved Formosa Beach. Also, well worth the effort are the Maderia Congress Center and Quinta Palmeira.

You’ll find plenty of interesting museums, exhibits and venues in and around Prazares. Visit the museums and exhibit spaces the Madeira Story Centre Museum in Funchal, Cathedral Se and the Quinta das Cruzes Museum. Head to the Funchal Sacred Art Museum in Funchal, to get your fix of art.

If you love nature and wildlife, plan a trip to the nearby parks and reserves. These are good spots to relax and unwind. On a sunny day, visit the Pregetter's Orchid Garden in Funchal and the Funchal Ecological Park Recreation Center, a place where locals come to enjoy some time outdoors.

Visitors looking for interesting places to visit in and around Madeira Island should go and see the Santa Clara Monastery in Funchal. To learn about the role of faith in Madeira Island, spend a little time at the area’s most important religious sites, such as the Church of Nossa Senhora do Monte in Funchal.

To get active in nature, hit the fairways such as the Palheiro Golf Club in Funchal.

Treat yourself to a new outfit, stock up on food or just window shop at popular shopping destinations such as the Funchal Farmers Market in Funchal.

Sports fans vacationing in Prazares should head to nearby Barreiros Stadium, Funchal to see the Club Sport Marítimo taking on visiting rivals. If you want to endear yourself with the locals, wear red and green, the colors of the Club Sport Marítimo.

At the end of a busy day discovering the sights, sounds and smells of Prazares, rest up at one of the area’s hotels or serviced apartments. For a good night’s sleep check out the amenities at the Pestana Casino Park Hotel & Casino, Funchal, the Pestana Promenade Ocean Resort Hotel, Funchal, and the Vidamar Resort Madeira, Funchal.

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