A trip to these locations on the north coast introduces us to unforgettable sceneries, such as the Bride’s Veil waterfall, the black sand beach in Seixal, the lush environment of Chão da Ribeira or the volcanic caves in São Vicente. As we arrive at the natural pools of volcanic origin in Porto Moniz, we’re reminded of the roots of this beautiful island and the power of nature. The ocean waves dance against the rocks and wash the natural pool. There are many spots suitable for dives or a simple swim.
Surrounded by mountains, Curral das Freiras presents itself as a beautiful retreat. To have a complete vision of this place take a first stop at Eira do Serrado and climb the stairs to the viewpoint. In this large green cauldron, the agricultural landscape is scattered among the old tile-roofed houses. The cutouts of the mountains all linked together, bring out a symphony in shades of green – a feast for our senses.
This peak is a famous must-visit, it’s the third highest peak in Madeira. Easily accessible by car, it’s 1818 meters above sea level. The particularities of this place are many. It is one of the most photogenic places on the Island, especially when the clouds float around in the wind. Here we feel alive, linked to nature with our feet firmly on the ground. The landscape is dramatic, imposing, sublime! The sun seems to shine closer, keeping perfect memories of this place.
Find this Nature Reserve as nature has left it: virgin. It is located on the southeastern edge of the island of Madeira and is characterised by untouched, volcanic landscapes of stunning beauty. Here, you can find a walking trail, with approximately 4km ( + 4km back ) that must be done calmly to appreciate every detail, every living being, every ray of light and every photograph by the sea.
When visiting Madeira, you cannot miss the enchanting Laurissilva forest. The Queimadas Forest Park in Santana is a great place to observe flora and fauna of the Laurissilva. See also a typical thatched roof house, original of Santana. Breathe in the fresh air, sit under the treetops and take a walk through the Levada do Caldeirão Verde, which starts at this park with a distance of approximately 6,5km ( + 6,5km back). The Balcões lookout and the volcanic caldera of Fanal are other places that you should not miss.
Laurissilva Forest ©VisitMadeira
Take a trip to Cabo Girão. With 580 vertiginous meters of altitude, it’s one of the highest sea cliffs of Europe. Walk on the Skywalk, a suspended glass platform, and remember it as the day you seemed to walk in the sky. The sea, the sheer cliff, the Fajã do Rancho, and the city of Funchal provide an excellent backdrop in this context.
Whether day or night, get lost in the narrow alleys of the old quarter. The warm colours, the beautifully painted doors, the candlelit restaurant tables, or the hubbub of happy people wandering through Rua de Santa Maria, bring us to a warm feeling of belonging.
You may know Madeira as a top destination for Nature, Sports, and Gastronomy. But there is so much more to see and do! Today we share with you the point of view of the
Madeira Promotion Bureau – or should we say 7 points of view? Here they are, the 7 things you can´t miss besides Cristiano Ronaldo! Do you want to know more about Madeira?