Widely known as “The Floating Garden of the Atlantic,” Madeira is a beautiful, quiet archipelago in Portugal, located off the northwest coast of Africa. Along with pleasant temperatures throughout the year, it also offers visitors numerous, captivating landscapes with rich flora and fauna that can take your breath away and give you a sense of serenity that is hard to come by. The immaculate beauty of this island is easily accessible and is one of the few places that can be safely visited for a winter sun holiday this season. The birthplace of football legend, Cristiano Ronaldo, Madeira has lots to offer to its visitors even in the winter months. So, if you’re looking for a winter sun destination, here’s a glimpse of some of its best features that will compel you to choose this mountainous Portuguese island.
- The Capital – Funchal
The historic town of Funchal has been the capital of Madeira for over 500 years and is famous for its vivid tropical gardens and awe-inspiring colonial architecture that blends marvellously with modern establishments. There are plenty of things to do and places to explore in Funchal:
- The Madeira Botanical Gardens and The Monte Palace Tropical Garden are the grandest, most beautiful gardens in Madeira which welcome hundreds of local as well as foreign visitors every day. These gardens are often considered the symbol of Funchal and its vibrance and are a must-visit for any traveller.
- If you’re enticed by the magic of local culture and cuisine, then Funchal Old Town should be part of your travel plans. Tickle your taste buds with delicious specialities from the area by visiting one or more of the local restaurants in town. Also, make sure you join the popular Old Town Funchal Walking Tour to experience the true beauty of this traditional part.
- Adventure enthusiasts have loads to do in the capital. To witness breath-taking vistas of Funchal and its harbour, ride in the famous Monte Cable Car. And if you’d rather stay at sea level instead of the sky, indulge in whale and dolphin watching, an experience that is guaranteed to remain etched in your memory forever.
- Madeira is popular all over the continent for its sweet and flavourful wine that is exclusive to the region. Wine connoisseurs must visit the Old Blandy Wine Lodge in Funchal to experience the exquisite Madeira wine made at this 200 years old winery.
- The Camara De Lobos
A small seaside town which is practically an extension of Funchal offers some picturesque scenes of the seafront and harbour. It is an important tourist destination which is also close to the largest public beach of Madeira, the Praia Formosa. The whole complex is made of four pebbled beaches and basalt stones and is one of the most visited summer destinations in Europe.
- Porto Muniz
Located Northwest of Funchal, the small village of Porto Moniz is home to the mesmerizing complex of natural swimming pools formed by volcanic eruptions, surrounded by equally magnificent natural scenery. Based on your preference, you can choose to enjoy the pristine natural pools opposite the Ilheu Mole island or relax in the converted Lido on the western side. Either way, you’re sure to have an exceptionally rejuvenating experience!
- Cape Girao Cliff
Not for the faint-hearted, the Cape Girão Cliff located on the Southern coast of Madeira is a magnificent natural wonder that is adorned by The Cabo Girão Skywalk. It is the highest cliff skywalk in Europe and is famous for its glass-bottom which gives surreal views of the Atlantic Ocean and the nearby mountain ranges. Cape Girão is also a popular spot for hiking.
- Porto Santo Island
Home to Christopher Columbus and his Portuguese wife for some time, the small island of Porto Santo lies to the Northeast of Madeira and is ideal for planning day trips from the main island. It includes a 9 Km stretch of “golden” fine, sandy beach that gloriously complements the clear, turquoise waters of the ocean. The island boasts mild temperatures all year round, similar to the rest of the region, making it an attractive destination to enjoy a refreshing holiday.
Madeira is a favourable year-round destination that has gained popularity over recent years for being a preferred winter sun holiday spot for couples, families, and the elderly. If you wish to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and get some fun and sun this winter, Madeira is the perfect choice for your holiday. Want to plan a vacation in Madeira that is tailored to your requirements? Get in touch with us!