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Tour around the Island of Madeira

Vista panorâmica
Place:São Vicente
Photo:Turismo da Madeira
Photo:Turismo da Madeira

Despite its small surface area, Madeira is rich in majestic sceneries of rare beauty. The best way to get to know its charms is to rent a car and set off to discover this floating garden!  

Heading west from Funchal, you will discover the typical fishing village of Câmara de Lobos and the Girão Cape, the highest headland in Europe and the second highest in the world at 580m.

You will also find here the distinctive parish of Curral das Freiras. Located in a deep valley, Curral das Freiras boasts one of the most striking landscapes on the island, whose dizzying views (over 500 metres high from the Eira do Serrado lookout point) take any visitor’s breath away. 

Travelling on to the west, you will reach Ribeira Brava before climbing up to Encumeada along a belvedere-dotted route. Another alternative is to head to the sunny shores of Ponta do Sol and Calheta which abound in beaches that invite swimming and diving. You can also visit the Casa das Mudas Arts Centre which offers an extensive cultural programme all year round. For sportspeople, the beaches in the picturesque towns of Jardim and Paul do Mar offer excellent waves for surfing.

You will then climb to Paul da Serra, the largest plateau in Madeira, where you should take a break to admire the stunning view over the hillsides. Going on to Porto Moniz, you can regain your strength with a reinvigorating plunge into the famous natural rock pools. If you have children with you, a good option is to visit the Madeira Aquarium




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