Madeira coastline

Madeira Travel Guide

32° 45′ 39″ N, 16° 57′ 34″ O

Madeira

A volcanic archipelago located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, some 700 km from the Moroccan coast, Madeira is an awesome destination for hiking enthusiasts!

Its main island is small, about 50 km from East to West and 25 km from North to South. It is remarkable for its variety of landscapes in such a small area. It's the rugged nature of the terrain which makes Madeira such a brilliant playground for hikers as well as its mild climate and its varied and exuberant flora. Between the peaks of the Picos , the levadas winding through primary forest and canyons bristling with terraces, the trails of Madeira surprise visitors at every corner.

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Welcome to the "Pearl of the Atlantic" with rocky peaks, primary forest, deep gorges and beautiful waterfalls this is really is an adventure lovers paradise. There are hundreds of kilometers of trails to explore, transporting you to isolated mountain tops and remote villages or bustling coastal towns with mouthwatering local cuisine. Come and discover the wild side of Madeira with us!

Highlights in Madeira

Pico Ruivo, Madeira

Pico Ruivo

The highest point in Madeira, at an altitude of 1,861m, the ascent of Pico Ruivo is an unmissable experience. From the lofty summit the views are nothing short of spectacular. A demanding hike but well worth it for the reward!

Porto Moniz

Porto Moniz

The few beaches suitable for swimming in Madeira are small pebble beaches. In Porto Moniz, there are natural pools carved into the rock, which fill up with the tides. It’s a great place to go to relax after a long hike!

Porto Santo

Porto Santo

The neighboring island to Madeira, Porto Santo, compensates for Madeira's only drawback - beautiful, long sandy beaches. Located 2 hours by boat from Funchal, Porto Santo is the dream island for lazing around and doing nothing but working on your tan. With 7 kilometers of white sand beach, it's the perfect place to wind down after a grueling trek in the mountains of Madeira.

Markets in Funchal

Funchal

The bustling capital of Madeira is a fascinating place, rich with history, culture and cuisine. You can easily lose a day exploring the museums and markets and admiring the architecture. There is also a wide range of activities on offer such as whale watching tours, swimming with dolphins, and sea kayaking.

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