Madeira Travel Guide

Madeira is a Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco. The island is the top quarter of an entire volcanic system and is formed by lava and rocks. Its cliffs rise from the ocean from a depth of 4000 meters.

Repeatedly voted Europe's top island destination, Madeira is a diverse place when it comes to a vacation. Black sand beaches, the Atlantic, towering rock walls with gushing streams and irrigation channels make this an outdoor haven. But it's also a place of gentler pleasures such as wine tasting, visiting lush botanical gardens and watching embroiderers and wicker weavers at work. Hiking the levada irrigation channels is the top activity, with tens of thousands pulling on hiking boots to discover Madeira's secret interior. Waterfalls are spread all over the island. Some can be spotted near the road, others can only be reached by hiking. If you like chasing waterfalls, Madeira is the place to be!

Madeira Weather (When to Visit)

Madeira has a very mild climate all year round with an average day temperature of 66°F in January and 79°F in August. The wettest months are February and December, the driest July and August. During the last week of May you will see all kinds of flowers. All mountains will be covered with yellow broom flowers, which create a nice contrast with the blue sky. If you want to attend the flower festival, you should go at the beginning of May (but it is more crowded).

Best Madeira Beaches

Praia Formosa, Madeira Portugal, best Madeira beaches, things to do in Madeira, Madeira tours & Activities, best Madeira hotels, best Madeira restaurants, best Madeira bars
Praia Formosa

Located west of Funchal, Praia Formosa is the largest public beach in the area. This beach is connected to the Lido Promenade and the Promenade that connects to  Câmara de Lobos. At this complex you will find parking, showers, toilets, first aid post, a children's playground, a sports center, a football pitch, restaurants and bars.

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Camara de Lobos, Madeira Portugal, best Madeira beaches, things to do in Madeira, Madeira tours & Activities, best Madeira hotels, best Madeira restaurants, best Madeira bars
Camara de Lobos

Madeira's most photogenic beach was put on the map when Winston Churchill set up on his easel here in 1949. After 50 years later the scenery has not changed: colorful boats are still lined up on the cobbles of the little beach for cleaning and repairing, same scene that Churchill painted. 

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Ponta Do Sol, Madeira Portugal, best Madeira beaches, things to do in Madeira, Madeira tours & Activities, best Madeira hotels, best Madeira restaurants, best Madeira bars
Ponta Do Sol

Hidden away in a small cove, Ponta do Sol beach is just 160 meters long, which offers spectacular water temperatures for swimming.  Facilities that be found at the beach include changing room, toilets, snack bar and a games area. Parking is available close to the beach. 

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Jardim Do Mar, Madeira Portugal, best Madeira beaches, things to do in Madeira, Madeira tours & Activities, best Madeira hotels, best Madeira restaurants, best Madeira bars
Jardim Do Mar

In October, the narrow strip of west-facing rocky beach connecting Jardim to Mar and Paul do Mar is the point from the which surfers gain access to the waves. If you are looking for a calm and relaxed day at the beach, then this is the perfect option. 

Doca Do Cavacas, Madeira Portugal, best Madeira beaches, things to do in Madeira, Madeira tours & Activities, best Madeira hotels, best Madeira restaurants, best Madeira bars
Doca Do Cavacas

This beach has a natural volcanic swimming pool, which offers direct access to the sea, where you can enjoy spectacular views to Cabo Girão.  This small beach is located just between Lido and Formosa beach, and it is accessible by a connecting tunnel from Praia Formosa. Facilities in Doca do Cavacas beach include showers, changing rooms, restaurants and bars. Entrance fee applies.

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Madeira Dolphin and Whale Watching on a Luxurious Catamaran

Bask in the sun and sea of Cabo Girão, one of the world’s tallest ocean-side cliffs, on this romantic catamaran excursion departing from the Funchal Marina. After boarding, find a nice spot on the deck for spotting whales and dolphins, and then strap on your complimentary goggles and mask while you look for sea life beneath the surface. Learn more about the Madeira Dolphin & Whale Watching Catamaran Tour.

Funchal Hop-On Hop-Off Tour 3 in 1

A hop-on hop-off bus tour is the ideal way to combine the flexibility of independent sightseeing with the convenience of a guided tour. With a choice of 48 hours or a 5-day ticket, this great-value deal offers full access to three routes—the highlights of Funchal, the village of Câmara de Lobos, and the Skywalk of Cabo Girão. Learn more about the Funchal Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.

Skywalk & Porto Moniz Volcanic Lava Pools in Open Roof 4×4 Full Day Tour

Uncover the natural splendor surrounding Funchal on this full-day northern wonders Jeep trip. Stay from Funchal’s well-trodden paths in a fully-equipped Jeep to see the awe-inspiring plateaus at Paul da Serra. Admire the natural Porto Moniz pools, formed by volcanic activity long ago, as well as the renowned São Vicente vineyards and Cabo Girao. Learn more about the Skywalk & Porto Moniz Volcanic Lava Pools Tour.

Canyoning in Madeira Island

Head deep into the canyons of Madeira on this canyoning adventure. Discover the beautiful geologic and natural characteristics of the island, one of the best canyoning areas in the world, at the Ecological Park of Funchal. Receive a thorough safety briefing before strapping into the provided gear and dive into this 15-meter canyon, perfect for all ages and beginner skill levels. Learn more about Canyoning in Madeira Island.

Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour in Madeira

The south coast of Madeira is a popular spot to watch whales and dolphins in their natural environment. This small-group yacht cruise offers a more personalized experience, with a chance to customize the tour to your group’s preferences, stopping to swim or snorkel along the coast, and looking out for bottlenose dolphins, sperm whales, and Bryde's whales. Learn more about the Whale & Dolphin Watching Tour.

Best Madeira Restaurants

O Tascal $11 – 30

For the best local cuisine, come to O Tasco, a laid-back restaurant that specializes in Madeiran food. As there is no set menu, you’ll have your pick of the dishes of the day, which are mostly fish. Since the sea is nearby, you can count on exceptionally fresh fish. Enjoy the tapas-style appetizers before digging into your main dish. Telephone: 351 291 623 374 Web: O Tasco

Restaurant Med $31 – 60

Visiting the Med will first take you into the beautiful world of the Porto Mare hotel and then into the calm island lifestyle of the Mediterranean. The food there has touches of Greek, Moroccan, and Italian cuisine and it is all expertly prepared in a gorgeous environment. They are well known for the presentation of their food and the excellent staff who serve it. Their fish dishes are certainly a highlight, but their steak is also seasoned and cooked perfectly. Telephone: 351 291 703 700 Web: Restaurant Med

O Portao $11 – 30

Despite its location in the old town, O Portao has still managed to remain a hidden gem. Another informal restaurant, O Portao specializes in local cuisine. It manages to keep the prices extremely low and the value extremely high. You can sit inside or enjoy their outdoor dining while people-watching and basking in the seaside breeze. Telephone: 351 284 739 591 Web: O Portao

Restaurante Real Canoa $11 – 30

Restaurante Real Canoa is the sort of place you’ll want to keep returning to after you’ve been once, as evidenced by the many regulars who do just that. This place is well known for their steaks, which are cooked in the local style and always end up at exactly the temperature you requested. The staff takes their reputation as a restaurant with regulars seriously. Telephone: 351 291 762 396 Web: Restaurante Real Canoa

La Vaca Negra $11 – 30

If meat is what you’re in the mood for, La Vaca Negra is another great place to go. They specialize in Argentinean steaks, which they even let you choose yourself if you want to. They then add seasonings and sides that really complement the flavor of the meat, so come prepared to eat a lot. Don’t expect fine dining. Instead, expect friendly informality and owners who really endeavor to create a personal connection with the people they serve. Telephone: 351 291 764 491 Web: La Vaca Negra

Best Madeira Bars

Barreirinha Bar Café

Open from morning to night, Barreirinha Bar Café offers tasty brunch in its terrace, cocktails at sunset and cheerful nights with the presence of invited DJs. Telephone: 351 291 627 418 Web: Barreirinha Bar Cafe

Banana's Pub

Famous in the Madeiran night, this pub located in Funchal’s Old Town invites you to a light meal of traditional snacks and a toast with Nikitas, Ponchas and other cocktails. Live music every night, from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Telephone: 351 291 794 354 Web: Banana's Pub

Scat Funchal Music Club

Scat excels in mixing flavors and sounds. The creative gastronomy, based on regional products, combines with live music and jam sessions. Telephone: 351 291 775 927 Web: Scat Funchal Music Club

Living Room

Bar, lounge and art gallery, all comes together in the most intimate living room in Funchal to pay homage to music and visual arts. If chance arises try the passion fruit mojito. Telephone: 351 965 366 207 Web: Living Room

Mini Eco Bar

At this modern bar, the environment is cosmopolitan and music is the guideline. Ecology concerns are reflected in almost all aspects of the place. Telephone: 351 919 409 002 Web: Mini Eco Bar

Best Madeira Hotels

58 Comments

  1. Jordan

    Considering the fact that I always look for new beach locations, I thank you for the Madeira travel guide. The flowering season in May seems to be a very beautiful time to visit Madeira, the combination of blooming nature and the beaches seems to be perfect. 

    In addition, the variety of beaches and the cost effective restaurants makes it a very affordable destination that I will surely consider for spring break this year!

    Thank you for the lovely guide!

    Jordan.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome.  I am glad you enjoyed Jordan.  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  2. Jos Moreno

    Wow, I am really impressed you have lay out a complete holiday Guide of Madeira one of the Natural Wonders in this world. it is such an amazing place to visit and live.

    Madeira is not far away from my Island in contrast my island was not blessed with such a green scenery it only rains 1/2 in the year.

    Your website has given a complete detailed information for any visitor that want to experience an amazing holiday in this island, just incredible. Do you live in Madeira? Also people are incredible friendly and humble – I will share with people thatv are interested in going to this incredible places including myself.

    To your success,

    Jos   

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I sure wish I lived in Madeira!  It is a beautiful vacation destination, especially for those who love the beach.  Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. shariful islam

    As a traveler I would like to say that a nice travel guide.  You did a great job providing all the information to plan a wonderful vacation to Madeira.  .I’ve never been but have wanted to vacation here.  I have heard a lot about Madeira, but seeing what I saw in your travel guides, my desire to go has grown a lot.  Will save this post one more time for future reference.

    Thanks for guideline

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome.  I am glad you enjoyed.  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  4. primoz pticak

    Hi! That is an article that tells you everything you need when you are a tourist – you don’t need nothing more,everything is described here. Doca de Cavanas volcano swimming pool seems beautiful and promising – it would definetly be my toutist attraction to visit – I love to jump and dive in water,I bet I would enjoy it to the max!

    Cheers,

    Primoz P.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great!  I love to jump into refreshing water as well.  You can definitely enjoy this at Doca de Cavanas.  Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Stephanie

    I’m impressed. The temperatures are actually really neat, not too cold but not too hot either. Black sand beaches are my absolute favorite, even though I’ve never been to one, but the aesthetic the atmosphere portraits it’s simply amazing. Though, I see that it’s in a volcanic area, should that be something to worry about when traveling?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      No worries as far as volcanic activity.  Just enjoy the beauty and the black sand beaches 🙂  The volcanos are dormant and the possibility of an eruption is pretty much non-existent.

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  6. Mugalu Mansoor

    Thank you very much for such a great and well-organized site.

    I have really enjoyed my visit to this site and do not regrate my time. this is one of the travel guide website I have ever seen. I have not yet traveled to Medeira but I hear much about it and I would like to try out one time. This post actually increased my interest to visit this place. thanks. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad I peaked an interest in you for Madeira.  It really is a wonderful place full of history and great beaches 🙂  Nothing not to love.  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  7. Michel

    Madeira certainly looks like an ideal holiday destination. My friends parents are from there and they told me it was a very poor country. But like everywhere is probably has all walks of like. The photos certainly make this island look enticing and I don’t blame Winston Churchill for wanting to paint there. 
    I would love to do the open bus tour as well as see the volcanic rock formations. I had better start brushing up on my Portuguese. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, the open bus tour is a great way to enjoy a day in Madeira.  I hope you can make it here soon.  Sounds like it is definitely on your bucket list.  Please let me know if you need any additional information.

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  8. joshua collins

    I’m yet to go to Portugal, I was originally going to plan to go to Lisbon but seeing that blue water and all the different scenery I will have to consider Madeira.

    In particular, I like the look of Ponto Da Sol as the landscapes intrigue me and there seems to be plenty to do there.

    Thanks for sharing this guide, I will add it to my list of potential places to visit.

    Josh

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Josh and thank you for stopping by.  I think you will find plenty to do in Madeira.  Please let me know if I can give you any additional information for your vacation 🙂

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  9. Eric Seil

    A very extensive guide of what to see in Madeira. I must say I’m impressed with your review- I wasn’t even aware of this island until I read it!

    It sounds like a beautiful place to visit. I liked the restaurants you mentioned as well- it sounds like they have excellent food to try out. 

    A very good read- hopefully I’ll get to travel to this place at some point. Traveling is something I’d like to get when I get older.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Eric, and glad you enjoyed.  Personally, I love to travel and have traveled all my life.  I don’t know what I would do without my beach vacations 🙂  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  10. DorcasW

    Hello; I must first congratulate you on your choice of niche; Your web page layout is fantastic. Now for the Madeira experience, it is overwhelming. I am a beach person, I become excited about the many beautiful beaches. They are all inviting to my taste. If given the opportunity I would want to visit every beach in Madeira.

     The kinds of cuisine seem to be mouth-watering. My understanding from this post, Madeira seems to be a friendly place. One that I might want to plan a friendly group trip to for my April tour. Continue to keep the public informed.

    DorcasW

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Dorcas.  Yes friendly people and as you say mouth watering food.  Just up my alley.  Nothing can beat it with good beaches!  Thank you for your visit.

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  11. Dr. SD

    Although I’m a travel lover, still I couldn’t reach many corners of the world, and Maderia island is among those uncovered destinations for me, and of course, become one of the dream places I wish to visit at least once in my entire life. 

    First of all, I must say, the video of the drone footages you have shared is amazing! The island is full of the high hills, which you are going to experience besides the beach leisure. I haven’t found a lot of spots so far where I get an opportunity to float over the clouds as well as the sea. From that point of view, Maderia is in my top wishlist.

    To be honest, as per your given images I don’t like most of the sea beaches, except Doca Do Cavacas. Others are probably near crowded cities, but I love nomadic places.

    The best tour activities sections are pretty attractive to me, especially the hilly activities.

    Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome.  Thank you for visiting beach travel destinations and taking the time to leave me comments.  I do appreciate it!

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  12. Dave Sweney

    Madeira is an island that I have always dreamed of vacationing at and this article is timely indeed, as you have added everything I need to be aware of and plan for when I finally get there. I have been to Morroco and did not have the time to get over to Madeira, so now I am planning on a special trip directly there.

    Based on the weather, I think I will select August. I like heat so that is not an issue, and my guess is that there will be fewer travelers there at that time of year. They will take cooler months likely? In any case, it looks like I need to plan at least a week or better two for the trip. There is a lot to see and do. I have bookmarked this post, thanks so much!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Dave!  I am glad I could provide you with the information you needed to plan your trip to Madeira.  Please let me know if you need anything else.  I would be glad to help.

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  13. Gaurav Gaur

    Hi, Leahrae.
    Thanks for sharing the travel guide on the Portuguese Island of Madeira. You have explained about the places to visit, the best beaches, the restaurants, and the bars and the best places to stay at the economical luxury hotels make this article complete and very useful. Thanks for doing this in-depth research for the benefit of all. I would love to visit Doca Do Cavacas beach in the near future.
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for your comments Gaurav and for stopping by.  I am glad you enjoyed!

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  14. BlueMoon UniqueFashion

    Portugal has been in my plan for years to visit it. This island seems unreal. I’ve already visited the volcanic island in Greece, it’s Santorini, and I’d love to visit Madeira. There are so many activities I would enjoy to do, such as dolphin and whale watching and canyoning. Also, many thanks for listing and what restaurants to visit because I like to eat local food when traveling somewhere. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you for stopping by and taking time to leave me comments.  I hope you have a wonderful vacation to Madeira.  Please let me know how awesome it was!

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  15. Shanta Rahman

    Thank you so much for sharing with us such a beautiful article .I love traveling and I have to travel for my business activities .I have heard a lot about Madeira Travel Guide and everyone is very appreciative of this Travel Guide .Although I have traveled many places, I have not yet visited this place .But here I have a lot to go Beach I have a great desire to see and that desire to read your article becomes even more intense. I will definitely spend my next vacation here with my beloved man and save the link for future benefit. For everyone’s sake, this travel guide is a really awesome guide.There are many reputations of this travel guide .I will definitely come to see this best beach in Europe .

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you for your kind comments 🙂  I am hoping that my travel passion will get others interested in visiting these unique and wonderful places.  Thanks for stopping by.

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  16. Parveen

    Hey, I know via your article that Madeira is a Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco. Madeira has a very mild climate all year round with an average day temperature of 66°F in January and 79°F in August. While coming Madeira we will visit Ponta Do Sol & Jardim Do Mar. I enjoy your article and bookmark for future updates.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Ok Parveen.  You have picked some great places to visit.  Please let me know if you need any additional information.

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  17. Juan Saladin

    This would be a great summer destination. Thanks for sharing it. I’d love to visit Jardín Do Mar. Seen the whales it’s. Always a great idea (this activity is a good reminder of how small we really are; and how gentile such big creatures can be).

    The fact of having local restaurants with average prices of 11-30 is a great indicator that is a pocket friendly travel destination. 

    Great pick!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes Juan, it is pocket friendly.   And I have done the whale cruise and have been up close with them.  They are amazing!  Although they do have very bad breath LOL. Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Gomer

    We’ve visited other tourist destinations and this one is the best. The most recent prior to visiting Madeira is Canary Island just north of Madeira, which is also good but not as good as Madeira. Unlike other destinations where the places you can roam around are limited to just 2 to 3 local places, Madeira won’t disappoint you as you can have up to 13 destinations and enjoyment. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I agree, but I did find the Canary Islands awesome too,  I went to Tenerife.  Of course I have family there, so I was able to see and do a lot.  I think it is interesting that you can be on the beach sunbathing, playing in the warm ocean water and then drive up to the top of the volcano and see snow.  That was amazing!

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  19. Rick

    I have been wanting to take a trip to Europe for some time and Medeira sounds really interesting. I love that you have listed some great areas to visit and swim in plus having some knowledge about some excellent places to take photos is great. 

    The restaurant and bar listings are much appreciated as this will help me do some research to talk to my wife about. It won’t be hard to convince here this is one stop we need to take on our 30 year wedding anniversary that is coming up this year.

    Thank you for all of the great tips. I have seen some pictures of this area in the past but did not know where it was.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Rick!  I am glad you enjoyed my Madeira Travel Guide and it is helpful for your planned trip to Europe.  Please let me know if you need any additional information before you head out.  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  20. Kylie

    Wow .. Thank you for this great post. I came to have a complete picture and exact references when I visited Madeira.
    I personally never seen the ocean that real blue, fantastic blue ocean there, and all the scenes of Madeira are so captivating, beautiful. While reading this, I was thinking, does this place really exist? It’s naturally beautiful beyond human imagination.
    However, the most important thing is that I have all the information about Madeira on this website such as hotels, beaches, restaurants, cultural attractions and bars. Certainly, I will prepare a plan to visit Madeira armed with references from this website.
    Thanks

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Kylie!  I am glad you found my Madeira Travel Guide interesting enough to prompt you to vacation here.  You will have a great time for sure.  Let me know if you need anything else and thanks for stopping by.

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  21. Jake

    Hi, the timing is perfect for a vacation like this. As I currently look out my window I see snow everywhere. It is at least mine is 25 here and that’s what the wind chill. I even called in sick for work today  For that reason. I really enjoyed the Drone footage here, I’ve never heard of this place and it looks incredible. I think hiking would be a fantastic experience. Although I would definitely want to go in a group. I would definitely want to do a vacation like this in a tour group. I imagine that they would have the best sites, and safest places to travel.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh I do not do snow LOL.  I lived in Alaska for 22 years and that was enough for a lifetime.  Now I live on the beach and love it!  Yes, the drone footage just shows the beauty of Madeira.  I appreciate you stopping by and leaving me comments.

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  22. Phil

    It is very interesting that Madeira is a Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco. 

    At first when I read island in the Atlantic, I was thinking of the Azores.  I Did not know about Madeira.  

    I like the prices of the Restaurants.   Very reasonable considering it seems like an exotic island.  

    Meals starting at eleven bucks and up to thirty.  Not too bad.  

    Love the climate as well in the sixties to seventies, sounds very pleasant.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, not too hot and not too expensive.   With beautiful beaches and plenty to keep you busy.  Madeira is a great vacation choice for sure.  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  23. Abel

    Hi! I love Portugal! And I have wanted to go to Madeira Island for a long time. We’re planning to go to Spain and Portugal on August and a visit to Madeira could not be forgotten. I’m specially interested in visiting Doca Do Cavacas. I have seen many nice pics of this natural volcanic swimming pool but being there in person is a complete different story.

    Just reading your post has encouraged me to start planning how many days we’ll spend in Madeira.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Abel.  And please let me know if you need any additional information.  I would be glad to help!

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  24. Carmen

    I was not in Madeira but your posting was a pleasant surprise. I liked the video you posted too. I was surprised that near the beach is a mountain. We also have in our big country, but we don’t have a mountain near it. I was impressed by the narrow road from the top of the mountain. And you have documented excellent restaurants and bars to attend. Mostly I liked that there are many to visit for all tastes. If you just want to relax, there are wonderful beaches.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I couldn’t agree more Carmen!  Thanks for stopping by.

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  25. Rhain

    Sounds like the place to be. I have heard about madeira from a close friend but now, thanks to your well thought out review, I have a better understanding of why the island is so highly rated.

    Seriously, waterfalls are always a beauty to behold and it seems like madeira wouldn’t disappoint in that department. I might have to consider changing my holiday destination, and make sure it aligns with the upcoming flower festival.

    Thank yo so much for sharing.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, Rhain.  I don’t think you would be disappointed at all if you vacationed to Madeira.  If you love gorgeous beaches, waterfalls, awesome food, great culture, then you are set with Madeira!  

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  26. Rodarrick

    This is a great post to which I found it rather interesting to read on. I really fancy it because I am a big fan of exploring the world. So, the things you have worked on here to share about Madeira makes it worthy of interest and I kind of love this. I love the sites mentioned as they seem enticing to visit. Definitely, I might give it a trial soon

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes you must Rodarrick!  I think you will find that Madeira has so much too offer for a beach vacation and will all culture and history, it will make a truly unforgettable experience.

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  27. Nuttanee

    I have never heard of Madeira before but I would love to visit that black sand beaches. That must be one of a kind experiences. I am from Thailand so I get to experience white sand beaches 🙂 I love the fact that the weather is nice all year and not too crazy hot! 

    I would love to visit Doca Do Cavacas and do the Skywalk & Porto Moniz Volcanic Lava Pools in Open Roof 4×4 Full Day Tour. And also would love to do wine tasting tour as well.

    Thanks for the suggestions! 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome.  Sounds like a trip to Madeira is in order for you!  Black sand beaches are very different, and so beautiful.  I think you will enjoy 🙂  Thanks for stopping by.

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  28. Feji ben

    As a traveler I must say your awesome to be able to put out a comprehensive travel guide like this shows that you are awesomei have heard alot about Madeira, although I have been there once but I didn’t really view the place mush because I was There on business…..and I planned going back but I forgot but after reading your article I think I would go back for a vacation as this is one of the best places to visit.thanks once more I would save this Post for future reference

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great 🙂  I am glad you enjoyed and appreciate your visit to beach travel destinations and taking the time to leave me comments. 

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  29. Tucker

    I love this travel guide on Madeira! The beach that attracts me most is Jardin Do Mar because I’d be interested in surfing while I’m there. I’m a pretty intermediate surfer though. Do you know how big the waves get in that area? And what are the best seasons to avoid the majority of tourists but still get some nice weather? 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Madeira is exposed to the NW Swells that power across the Atlantic from October to April each year, and although November to February guarantees the best conditions there will be surf all year round. Swells can rise and fall quickly so you really need to be paying attention to get the most out of your trip. It is not unusual for the surf to jump 8ft + in a couple of hours. Be wary of the odd surprise set when you are out there.  Hope this answers all your questions 🙂

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