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Madeira RegionPortugal

Camara de Lobos featuring general coastal views and a coastal town

Visit this small chain of islands for its enthralling wine making heritage, wild natural landscapes, rugged beaches and grand historic buildings.

Madeira is one of the most dramatic of Portugal’s seven regions, an archipelago characterized by its diverse and spectacular scenery, great weather and ancient history. The region is made up of Madeira, Porto Santo and several wild and deserted islands. Tour centuries-old churches, hike through subtropical forests and unwind on a black-sand beach as you discover this fascinating and isolated part of Europe.

The main island of Madeira is a destination of immense natural beauty. Explore the island to see its exotic flora, cloud-capped mountains and rich green countryside. Visit the capital of Funchal, situated on the island's south coast, to see the city's three historical areas. Many of the buildings in Funchal date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. A ring of mountains surrounding the city makes for dramatic photographs.

During your time in the capital stop by a wine lodge for the famous wine that shares its name with the region. Madeira is a fortified wine that’s been produced by the island chain for hundreds of years and has become sought after around the world.

From Funchal ride a cable car to Monte, a small village in the mountains. Visit the Monte Municipal Garden and Our Lady of Monte Church, the final resting place of the exiled last emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Return to the city center by cable car or by taking a Monte Toboggan, a wooden sled controlled by a driver.

Explore other parts of the island on a levada walk. Levadas are irrigation channels that were developed during the 16th century. Today, more than 1,350 miles (2,172 kilometers) of these watercourses cut across the island. Alongside them are walking trails that pass through forests, mountains, caves and waterfalls.

On the northern coast, marvel at the ocean rock formations of Ribeira da Janela, one of the island’s most dramatic beaches. Chill out on the black sand beach of Prainha on the island's eastern tip.

Reach Madeira from mainland Europe by flying from the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. Once on the island you’ll find rental cars, taxis and boat services to transport you around the region. Accommodation is plentiful and ranges from budget hotels to high-end resorts.

Popular cities in Madeira Region

Madeira
Funchal
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Family-Friendly
The capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira is a beautiful city on the southern coast offering beaches, historic buildings and marine wildlife adventures. 

Reasons to visit

  • Madeira Botanical Garden
  • Monte Palace Gardens
  • Town Square
Porto Moniz Natural Pools showing rugged coastline
Porto Moniz
Known for Relaxing, Swimming and Scenery
Experience relaxing Porto Moniz: its oceanfront, parks, spas, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Porto Moniz Natural Pools
  • Seixal Beach
Machico showing a pebble beach
Machico
Known for Beach View, Family-Friendly and Whale Watching
Madeira’s second-largest town is home to a beautiful swimming beach and a lovely old quarter, as well as a network of numerous scenic walks. 

Reasons to visit

  • Sao Lourenco Point
  • Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Santa Cruz Beach featuring a pebble beach and a coastal town as well as a small group of people
Santa Cruz
Known for Seafood, Relaxing and Beach View
Experience romantic Santa Cruz: its beaches, oceanfront, culture, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Santa Cruz Beach
  • Reis Magos Beach
Santana
Santana
Known for Wineries, Secluded and Small Town
Quaint Santana is calling! Discover its parks, wineries, gardens, and more.

Reasons to visit

  • Santana
Porto Santo
Porto Santo
Known for Beach View, Relaxing and Walking
Experience the island views, golf, and art in Porto Santo!