Top 28 Viewpoints You Must Visit in Madeira Island

Top 28 Viewpoints You Must Visit in Madeira Island

Top 28 Viewpoints You Must Visit in Madeira Island

Nov 19, 2018

There are many stunning views and fantastic viewpoints all over Madeira Island. From the sea to the mountains, there are dozens of viewpoints scattered all over the island that offer panoramic views you will not forget. Here are our suggestions for the Top 28 Viewpoints to Visit in Madeira Island during your holidays:

Balcões Viewpoint

Balcoes Viewpoint Ribeiro Frio - Madeira Island

The Balcões Viewpoint is located at the end of the Vereda dos Balcões easy walking trail. Starting at Ribeiro Frio, this small trail follows the Levada da Serra do Faial, giving access to the Balcões Viewpoint.
From this viewpoint you may enjoy the magnificent views of the Ribeira da Metade valley. You can also see the island’s Central Mountain Range, including the two highest peaks, Pico do Areeiro and Pico Ruivo, as well as Penha D’Águia cliff, on a clear day.

Pico do Areeiro Viewpoint

Pico do Areeiro viewpoint in Madeira Island

The Pico do Areeiro Viewpoint is located at 1818 meters, and provides a fantastic view of the central mountains of Madeira Island. This is also the starting point for one of the most spectacular trails to the archipelago’s highest point, Pico Ruivo, at 1,862 meters.

Pico Ruivo Viewpoint

Pico Ruivo Viewpoint in Madeira Island

The Pico Ruivo Viewpoint is located at 1861 meters above sea level, at the highest point of the island. This viewpoint offers wide views over multiple locations.
On a clear day, you can see Curral das Freiras, in the Câmara de Lobos municipality, the various plateaus of Santana and the deep valleys of Ribeira Grande and São Jorge. It also offers great views of the Ponta de São Lourenço, Paul da Serra, Porto Santo and the Desertas Islands.

Cabanas Viewpoint

Cabanas Viewpoint - Santana - Madeira

The Cabanas Viewpoint is located between São Jorge and Arco de São Jorge in Santana. This viewpoint provides an excellent view of the north coast, the Arco de São Jorge parishes and the Atlantic Ocean. On clear days, you can see the neighbouring island of Porto Santo

Faial Fort Viewpoint

Faial Fort & Viewpoint in Santana, Madeira Island (4)

The Faial Fort Viewpoint was built in the 18th century to watch for invaders. The Faial fortlet operates today as a viewpoint and is considered a Monument of Local Value. From here you have wonderfull views all over Faial parish, Penha D’Aguia Rock and Ponta de São Lourenço. On clear days it’s possible to see Porto Santo Island. The viewpoint recreates a military battery, in a semi-circular plan, following the profile of the slope where it is built, with exterior paramount in which two inferior thirds are advanced and with a capstone in ashlar masonry.

Rocha do Navio Viewpoint

Rocha do Navio Viewpoint

The Rocha do Navio Viewpoint is located in Santana. This viewpoint offers a fantastic view over the sea, the Viúva Islet and the surrounding area. Gain access to the Rocha do Navio Nature Reserve either by a steep footpath or by cable car. The name Rocha do Navio is due to the Dutch shipwreck that happened there in the 19th century.

São Cristovão Boaventura Viewpoint

São Cristovão Boaventura Viewpoint

The São Cristovão Viewpoint is located in Boaventura parish. This viewpoint offers stunning views over the North Coast, the Boaventura Islet and Ponta Delgada village.

Santa Viewpoint

Santa Viewpoint in Porto Moniz - Madeira

The Santa Viewpoint is located in Porto Moniz.
This viewpoint provides you with a beautiful view over the village of Porto Moniz and of its natural swimming pools, as well as the Mole Islet.

Eira da Achada Viewpoint

Eira da Achada Viewpoint in Ribeira da Janela - Madeira

The Eira da Achada Viewpoint is located at the top of Ribeira da Janela parish and offers a stunning view over the northern coast of Madeira Island. This viewpoint is equipped with sanitary facilities, children’s playground, picnic areas and car park.

Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse Viewpoint

Ponta do Pargo Viewpoint - Madeira Island

The Ponta do Pargo Light House Viewpoint is located on the island’s westernmost cape, rising up from an elevation of 312 m, offering stunning views of the immense ocean and the rugged landscape, extending from the Ponta do Pargo lighthouse to Achadas da Cruz

Raposeira Viewpoint

Raposeira Viewpoint - Faja Ovelha - Madeira Island

The Raposeira viewpoint in Fajã da Ovelha is overlooking Paul do Mar. The origin of the name Fajã da Ovelha, is based on stories of a shepherd that had lost his sheep on the cliff, and that episodes like this would have caused the name of the parish as we know it today.

Ponta do Sol Harbor Viewpoint

Ponta do Sol Harbor viewpoint in Madeira Island

The Ponta do Sol Harbor Viewpoint was built by the Municipality of Ponta do Sol in the years 1848 to 1850 and was designed by engineer August Tiberius. From this viewpoint you can enjoy wonderful sunsets and get great panoramic views over the south coast from Ribeira Brava to Calheta.

Encumeada Viewpoint

Miradouro da Encumeada Viewpoint, Madeira Island

The Encumeada Viewpoint is Located at an elevation of 1,007 m, this viewpoint offers a superb landscape over the north and south coasts of the island and the valleys of Ribeira Brava and São Vicente.

Bica da Cana Viewpoint

Bica da Cana Viewpoint - Madeira

The Bica da Cana Viewpoint is located at 1 560m altitude, high above the central valley at the eastern end of the Paúl da Serra plateau. Apart from serving as a picnic spot for cross-island travellers, there are also wide-screen views here of Madeira’s highest peaks across the valley. It’s also well known for its wind farm, a controversial addition to this highly visible location.

Pico Ruivo of Paul da Serra Viewpoint

Pico Ruivo do Paul da Serra Viewpoint in Madeira Island

The Pico Ruivo of Paul da Serra Viewpoint is located on the Paul da Serra plateau. This viewpoint offers breathtaking views over the island. Above you can see São Vicente village and looking around all the central mountain range, stunning views.

Rabaçal Viewpoint

rabaçal viewpoint in Madeira Island

The Rabaçal Viewpoint is located in Pico da Urze, in Paul da Serra plateau.  This viewpoint has a beautiful panoramic view of the largest valley on the island, one of the most beautiful in Madeira, surrounded by the lush vegetation of Laurissilva forest, a UNESCO world natural heritage site. Rabaçal is part of the Madeira Natural Park as a quiet rest area, and is part of the Natura 2000 Network.

São Sebastião Viewpoint

Miradouro São Sebastião Viewpoint, Ribeira Brava, Madeira  (1)

The São Sebastião Viewpoint is located on a cliff overlooking the village of Ribeira Brava, offering a beautiful panoramic view over the valley of Ribeira Brava, with views of the sea coast of Quinta Grande, Campanário, Lugar de Baixo and Ponta do Sol.

Espigão Viewpoint

Miradouro do Espigao Viewpoint, Sao Paulo, Ribeira Brava, Madeira (1)

The Espigão Viewpoint is located in São Paulo, at the top of Ribeira Brava, offers magnificent views over the green hills, spotted by just a few houses, and the pointed mountains that dominate the valley of Serra de Água, from Encumeada to the village of Ribeira Brava.

Cabo Girão Viewpoint

Cabo Girao Viewpoint, Madeira Island

The Cabo Girão Viewpoint is located on the highest promontory in Europe, at an elevation of 580 m, offers a vertiginous view of the fajãs of Rancho and Cabo Girão – small areas of cultivated land at the foot of the cliff – as well as magnificent panoramic views over the ocean and the municipalities of Câmara de Lobos and Funchal.
The viewpoint has been renovated, and a suspended glass platform, called a skywalk, was built.

Pico da Torre Viewpoint

Miradouro Pico da Torre Viewpoint, Camara de Lobos, Madeira (1)

The Eira do Serrado Viewpoint is located at an elevation of 1,095 m, it offers a stunning panoramic view over the parish of Curral das Freiras.
It offers a fantastic panoramic view of the valley where the picturesque parish of Curral das Freiras lies, and the majestic mountains of the central massif that surround it. Access to the viewpoint is made by a footpath that starts in Estalagem Eira do Serrado.

Eira do Serrado Viewpoint

Miradouro Eira do Serrado Viewpoint, Madeira

The Eira do Serrado Viewpoint is located at an elevation of 1,095 m, it offers a stunning panoramic view over the parish of Curral das Freiras.
You get a fantastic panoramic view of the valley where the picturesque parish of Curral das Freiras lies, and the majestic mountains of the central massif that surround it. Access to the viewpoint is made by a footpath that starts in Estalagem Eira do Serrado.

Pico dos Barcelos Viewpoint

Pico dos Barcelos Viewpoint - Funchal - Madeira

The Pico dos Barcelos Viewpoint is approximately 355 meters above sea level. From this point there is a splendid panoramic view over the Funchal bay and the city area, with the Desertas Islands in the background.  This area underwent substantial improvements in terms of pedestrian and automobile access.

Neves Viewpoint

Miradouro Pico das Neves Viewpoint - Funchal - Madeira

The Neves Viewpoint, also known as Pináculo Viewpoint, provides one of the most beautiful views over Funchal bay.
Situated at the extreme east of Funchal, at 283 meters from the sea level, this belvedere provides one of the most beautiful views over Funchal’s City bay.

Pico Alto Viewpoint

Miradouro do Pico Alto Viewpoint, Funchal, Madeira (1)

The Pico Alto Viewpoint is located at an altitude of 1,129 meters, in the middle of Funchal’s Ecological Park, the Pico Alto Viewpoint allows visitors to enjoy the view of Chão da Lagoa and Funchal bay.

Cristo Rei Viewpoint

Cristo Rei Viewpoint Miradouro, Gajarau, Caniço, Madeira (3)

The Cristo Rei Viewpoint is located in Garajau, and offers a panoramic view over the Atlantic Ocean, the Garajau Natural Reserve, part of the Funchal bay and Caniço de Baixo.

Pico do Facho Viewpoint

Pico do Facho viewpoint in Machico, Madeira Island

The Pico do Facho Viewpoint is located in the north of Machico, before reaching the tunnel of Caniçal, along a path that leads up to the top of Pico do Facho.  From here, the panoramic views of the Machico valley can be admired. They extend up to the island’s central peaks, including Ponta de São Lourenço.

Ponta do Rosto Viewpoint

Ponta de Sao Lourenço Viewpoint - Madeira

The Ponta do Rosto Viewpoint, located in the northern part of the São Lourenço Peninsula, deserves special mention for its flora and fauna.
From this viewpoint, it is possible to view both the northern and southern coasts of Madeira Island. On clear days Porto Santo Island may also be seen.

Portela Viewpoint

Miradouro Portela Viewpoint - Machico - Madeira

The Portela Viewpoint, located between Porto da Cruz and Machico, provides one of the most beautiful landscapes of Madeira. Here you will find magnificent scenery, with mountains that seem to flow down a valley towards the sea.


Here ends our 28 Viewpoint sites suggestions to visit while in Madeira, we hope these tips have been useful! Have fun discovering the island.
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