Stunning scenery, lush natural scenery.
Stunning scenery, lush natural scenery and unique heritage in an archipelago with almost 600 years of history, Madeira brings together all that is best in Portugal. This group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean is made up of the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo and Desertas Islands.
With a mild climate and unique landscape, which includes the Laurissilva Forest, classified as a Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since 1999. Also visit Madeira Nature, a forest with incredibly dense and unique vegetation in Madeira, which make this a must- see for any visitor.
Two-thirds of the island of Madeira lies within the nature reserve, an indication of the richness of its natural heritage. From the architectural point of view, Madeira also has much to offer visitors. The island was discovered in 1419 and over the centuries has accumulated important patrimony, especially in Funchal, where one of the most important ports of the world is located. In the capital of the island, you can still enjoy the historical monuments such as the Cathedral of the seventeenth century or a palace dating from the mid-eighteenth century. To better understand the history and culture of Madeira, visit museums such as the Madeira Story Center.
Discover the Museum of Natural History and the Madeira Wine Museum, where you can taste this product
World famous. Made mainly of the varieties Tinta Negra, Sercial, Boal and Verdelho of grape, wine is one of the icons of Madeira and one of the products that contributes most to the economic development of the region. Accompany the Madeira Wine with a slice of honey cake or Bolo Podre, both typical of this region.
One of the main reasons for the pride of this region is its incredible fresh fish, especially tuna and black swordfish, and the skewer of Madeiran beef with fried corn and fried corn. You can also enjoy the exotic fruit produced in Madeira – banana, passion fruit and pineapple.
Travel to the wood and immerse yourself in the natural pools of Porto Moniz or on the beaches of Machino or Calheta. Ride on the cable car and slide back up the hill in a basket car driven by local experts. At the end of the day, enjoy a glass of poncha on a terrace overlooking the funchal and watch some of Madeira’s traditional dances. Have fun at the world-famous Madeira Carnival and stroll through some of Portugal’s most beautiful gardens.