7 inspiring places to see the Sun in Madeira

Being an island in the Atlantic, Madeira has the perfect view of our star (and we’re not talking about Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Sun, ok?). But while everyone tends to post photographs of the sunset, in Madeira, people are early risers and prefer the rosy colors of the sun when it rises. We found these 7 spectacular places, which we recommend at any time of the day!

Ponta do Sol

Altitude: 1500 m

This is said to be the hottest place on the island and where the sun shines the longest. It is the only plateau on the island of Madeira.

Paúl do Mar

Did you know: The Festa da Lapa takes place in July.

A pebble beach very popular with surfers and families, also known as Ribeira das Galinhas beach. The fishing village has a harbor and friendly bars.

Madalena do Mar

Did you know: this is the island’s main banana production area.

Located on the southwest coast of the island, the town provides Instagrammable photo opportunities.  It has a small church, good restaurants, and a pebble beach.

Baía d’Abra

Did you know: It’s a great place for boaters

Located on the long Ponta de S. Lourenço, the easternmost peninsula of Madeira, this bay offers a spectacular view, with a landscape marked by coastal erosion and the movement of the waves.

Pico Ruivo

Altitude: 1861 m, the highest point in Madeira and the third highest in Portugal

When the sky is clear, it provides an extensive view over several points of interest: Curral das Freiras, Santana valley of Ribeira Grande and São Jorge, Ponta de São Lourenço, Paul da Serra, Porto Santo, and the Desert Islands group.

Photo by Madeira Best

Pico dos Barcelos

Did you know: This is the parish where Cristiano Ronaldo was born!

The viewpoint was built in 1950 and was recently improved with a restaurant area and green spaces. It is 355 meters high, overlooking the bay and city of Funchal and, in the background, the Desert islands.

Ponta do Pargo

Did you know: The lighthouse was built in 1922

The lighthouse of Ponta do Pargo is on a cliff 300 meters above sea level in Ponta da Vigia, the westernmost point of the island of Madeira. Classified as a local heritage of cultural value, it includes a museum complex.

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