Things to do in Madeira

By Godfrey Lydon

Things To Do In Madeira Macro


Madeira is known as the ‘Pearl of the Atlantic' and is a Portuguese territory, located 400km north of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a beautiful island of jagged cliffs, volcanic mountains, lush green forests and unique flora and fauna with a warm climate all year round. From March 2022, you can fly direct to Madeira twice weekly from Dublin.


Top Attractions

  • Explore the charming capital of Funchal. The city offers a wide range of attractions from the narrow, cobblestone streets of the Old Town to its parks and gardens with their abundant and exotic flora and its museums and historic monuments.

  • A must-see for any football fan is the museum dedicated to Cristiano Ronaldo. The CR7 Museum is one of Funchal’s most popular visitor attractions. The museum is named after the Madeira-born superstar’s initials and national team shirt number and showcases the numerous cups, winner’s medals, awards and golden boot trophies he has collected throughout his glittering career, as well as other paraphernalia.

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  • Take the cable car from Funchal to Monte which offers fabulous views of the surrounding coastline. Take a thrilling ride back down to Funchal on a traditional toboggan for an unforgettable experience!

  • Discover the great outdoors with 32 recommended ‘levadas’ or man-made channels. Walk, hike or mountain bike into the interior to view pristine forests and waterfalls or climb steep pathways to view breath-taking mountains and cliffs.

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  • Madeira is one of southern Europe’s best places to see whales and dolphins and this is one of the most popular things to do in Madeira. There are boat trips all year-round.

  • Enjoy the unique natural lava pools of Porto Moniz and Seixal on the north coast which are filled with the rising tide and are safe for bathing.

  • Make sure to visit Madeira’s sister island, Porto Santo. It has a beautiful, sandy beach which is 9km long and can be reached by ferry.


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