Madeira Archipelago has a lot of activities and experiences to try during a visit to the islands. Most of these activities can be planned in hotels or through specialized agencies that will help you to make the most of your journey.
This can go from outdoor activities, to relaxation and wellness experiences. You can enjoy a lot of unique moments, because in Madeira you are in a constant contact with nature.
For Nature lovers, Madeira is the ideal destination for planning your active vacations.
Also, there are different other things you can do, while in Madeira, such as visit cultural centres spread throughout the Island, appreciate the festive events that are part of our calendar, or simply enjoy our simple and nice city life.
Here you can find more specific information about thing to do in Madeira Islands.
Santana is mostly known for its typical straw houses and for the Theme Park (a fun place for all ages) which spans the history, tradition and culture of Madeira. Santana offers one of the most beautiful strolls on foot, with 6 parishes that invite you to discovery (Arco de São Jorge, São Jorge, Santana, Faial, São Roque do Faial and Ilha).
Funchal, capital of Madeira, is located on a bay and started out by occupying a small extension of land by the sea, going up on the mountain slopes as it grew. A few walking minutes away, it is possible to stroll down the centre of the city, where you have access to all commerce and services, and can also visit the town’s main ex-libris. It can be divided into 3 historical nucleuses, which are also its first three parishes: São Pedro, Santa Maria Maior and Sé.
Monte is the highest parish over Funchal, known for its history and botanic heritage. After visiting, those with a healthy heart and adrenaline lovers, can slide down in the traditional wicker monte sledges, - "Carros de Cesto" - a mean of transportation that was very usual in the older days.
Half way between Funchal and the Council of Santa Cruz, in Caniço de Baixo, you can find the first exclusively nautical reserve made in Portugal known as Garajau’s Natural Reserve.
Just a mere 9 km away from Funchal is Câmara de Lobos, a town which was, until not too long ago, a fishermen’s town, known as such since the discovery of the island, thanks to the sea-wolves inhabiting the bay. Câmara de Lobos also became known due to Winston Churchill’s paintings.
Located 18 km from Funchal, Ponta do Sol has one of the best preserved historical centres on Madeira. This historical centre grew with the development of the sugar industry. It is obligatory to visit the magnificent Cais da Ponta do Sol, and the Ponte do Caminho Real, in the west side.
At the North of the Island, crossing the central ridge, stands São Vicente. The town has a Volcanology Centre at the São Vicente caves, where you can visit the impressing underground lava corridors and explore other geological wonders.
If you follow the road west, Seixal offers one of the most beautiful landscapes of the north coast of the Island. It has some natural sea water pools, formed by rocks, where the visitor may take an invigorating dive. Seixal’s sea water reflects the green hues of the powerful slope standing above and covered with vegetation, interposed by waterfalls. Seixal also has one of the few black sand beaches on the Island.