- Arrive in Funchal and explore the city. Visit the Mercado dos Lavradores, a vibrant market full of local fruits, vegetables, and seafood. In the evening, take a cable car ride up to Monte for a stunning view of the city.
- Head to Porto Moniz and explore its famous rock pools. Stop by Seixal Beach for some sunbathing and swimming. In the afternoon, take a hike along the Levada da Rocha Verde, a scenic trail that winds through the Laurissilva Forest.
- Get your adrenaline pumping with a canyoning excursion in Ribeira de Janela. Afterward, head to Ponta do Sol for some rest and relaxation. Enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants and take in the beautiful sunset views.
- Spend the day exploring Santana. Visit its traditional houses and quaint churches, then head to Pico do Areeiro for some breathtaking views of the island.
- Take a boat ride out to Desertas Islands Nature Reserve for an incredible day of wildlife spotting. Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales, and sea turtles!
- Head to Machico and enjoy its picturesque beaches. Take a walk along its promenade and explore its old fishing village. In the evening, visit one of Machico’s local bars for some live music and dancing.
- Take a tour of Funchal’s old town before heading back home. Stop by Jardim Botânico da Madeira for some final sightseeing before catching your flight.
– Mercado dos Lavradores (try their fresh seafood dishes)
– Restaurante O Pescador (for delicious grilled fish)
– Restaurante O Fim do Mundo (for traditional Portuguese cuisine)
– Casa Velha (for excellent regional dishes)
– Restaurante A Quinta (for tasty tapas and cocktails)
– Restaurante O Barco (for seafood specialties)
– Restaurante O Castelo (for amazing sunset views)
WHERE TO STAY:
For budget friendly accommodation, stay at Hotel do Caracol in Funchal or Quintinha de Sao Joao in Santana. For luxury stays, check out Reid’s Palace in Funchal or Quinta da Penha de Franca in Machico.