10 Reasons to Visit Madeira Island

10 Reasons to Visit Madeira Island

10 Reasons to Visit Madeira Island

Sep 07, 2018

10 Reasons to Visit Madeira Island

Madeira is the perfect holiday destination all year around, a tropical island offering amazing scenery, wonderful beaches and quaint villages. The archipelago has been awarded leading Island Destination of Europe in 2013, 2014, 2015 and recently, in 2016, as the Leading Island Destination of the WORLD!

Madeira Island is an exciting island with many attractions, sights and activities. With so much to do and see, it's hard to narrow down the long list, but below you will find our 10 reasons to visit Madeira.

1 - Unique Landscapes

10 Reasons to Visit Madeira Island - unique landscapes
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The island is a real work of art and it seems like Mother Nature really gave it her best when she hand-crafted this destination. There are plenty of landscapes on the island that will take your breath away like the levadas, the Laurissilva Forest, Cabo Girao skywalk, Porto Moniz Natural Pools, Porto Santo beach, nature reserves, the highest peaks and many more to see and explore!

2 - Nature

Madeira Outdoor Activities - 10 Reasons to Visit Madeira Island - Nature
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Madeira Island's Nature is one of its biggest tourist attractions. Mdeira is rich in biodiversity of endemic Fauna and Flora species, classified as a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Laurel Forest (Laurissilva) covers 15,000 ha, 12,000 of which are nature reserve.

3 - Levadas

10 Reasons to Visit Madeira Island - Levada Walks
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Levadas are small irrigation channels that can be found in Madeira Island and La Palma, in the Canary Islands. This term is also applied to other channels, usually smaller ones that direct the water to watermills. The Madeira Island levadas network allows for spectacular walks, sometimes through relatively easy paths, others through tunnels or walking several minutes on the edge of a cliff.
Due to the popularity of these walks, an effort has been made to classify the various paths, from accessible to beginners, even the most difficult, lengthy and possibly dangerous.

This allows any hiking enthusiast to explore alone, with some caution. But there are also companies with monitors and mountain guides, specialized in this type of activity. You can book here your Levada Walk with certified guides here.

4 - Laurissilva Forest

10 Reasons to Visit Madeira Island - Laurissilva Forest
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Laurissilva is the name given to a type of humid subtropical forest, made up mainly of trees from the lauraceae family and widespread in the Macaronesia - a region which includes the archipelagos of Madeira, the Azores, the Canaries and Cape Verde.

Developing between 300 and 1300 m of altitude, the Madeira Island Laurel Forest “Laurissilva” is a replica of the forests that covered much of Europe until the last glaciation. Classified by UNESCO as a Natural Heritage site, it is the largest bay forest in the world. True enchanted forests and filled with secrets, it has enormous biological diversity.

5 - Outdoor Activities

Madeira Outdoor Activities - 10 Reasons to Visit Madeira Island

Try some Madeira Outdoor Activities during your stay on the island. Moreover, the islands are well known for its mild climate throughout the year, its rare nature, majestic scenery, spectacular mountains. With such diverse and magnificent natural spaces, you can choose a more calm activity, or awaken your wild side with some extreme sports.

From mountains to farmland, forests, subtropical fauna and indigenous species, the island is truly a garden that invites you to practice numerous Madeira Outdoor Activities. Discover and BOOK all the Outdoor Activities you can do during your holidays in Madeira Island here.

There is so much to do and see during your Madeira Holidays, and it's such a great place as it has the best of both worlds: from the inland walks and canyoning exploring in the mountains, to the fantastic whale watching or swimming with dolphins. And if you’re a mountain biker you’ll simply love the trails you’ll hit in Madeira!

6 - Events

Madeira is proud to present a wide range of diverse, regional, Portuguese and international events that are staged throughout the year. The main events are the Carnival, the Flower festival, Atlantic festival, Christmas and New Years festivities.

7 - Food & Drinks

10 Reasons to Visit Madeira Island - Food Drinks Gastronomy
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The appetizing menus will help to make your stay on this island an unforgettable culinary expedition, you will find many typical dishes of fish or meat, deliciously prepared, not to mention the excellent wines to accompany your meal.

Because of its strategic location, this island is also the melting pot of delicious wine and sumptuous dishes, of both local and international cuisine. There is a wide variety of fishes like blue fin tuna and white marlin. The Espetada, which is a meat dish is a must try too!

Aside from the popular fortified Madeira wine, the local beer which is called Coral is also very popular.

Without a doubt, spending holidays in Madeira will not only unveil astounding sights. It will also be a gastronomic revelation.

8 - Porto Santo beach

10 Reasons to Visit Madeira Island - Porto Santo golden beach
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Porto Santo Island is the second largest island of the Madeira archipelago and is located 75km northeast of Funchal. By air the trip takes no more than 15 minutes, but by boat it takes two hours and a half. The extensive beach with 9 km of golden sand, has no match anywhere on earth. It is said that here time seems to run slower and all concerns disappear.

As in Madeira, the warm Gulf Stream softens the climate and the sea temperature is pleasant pretty much all year round. And even when it rains in the summer, the beach is still inviting. The sand is known for its therapeutic qualities and it is not uncommon to see people completely buried, sometimes only with their head out.

9 - Weather

Because of Madeira Islands privileged geographical position and mountainous relief, it has a surprisingly mild climate. Very mild average temperatures, 25ºC in the summer and 17ºC in the winter, and a moderate level of humidity, confer upon this island exceptional subtropical features.

10 - Accommodation

There’s accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes in Madeira. The range of accommodation in Madeira is vast and of top quality, from the refined charm of traditional hospitality to the modern five-star hotels, the warm welcome of rural tourism establishments and traditional Madeirean manor houses.




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