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!
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!
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.
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.