A Guide to Madeira: 101 Things to Do and See on The Island of Madeira, Portugal: The Perfect Vacation for 2016

A Little Piece of Heaven

The beauty on this volcanic rock will capture and embrace the heart of the true nature lover. Madeira is a haven of majestic scenery and un-spoilt landscape.

Surrounded by the vast Atlantic ocean, the Island measures a meager 57km x 22km. A 90 minute flight from Lisbon; Madeira is actually closer to Africa than Portugal.

Madeira famously known as: 'The Jewel In The Atlantic' mainly due to her magnificent floral culture and pretty terrain will delight gardeners with her stunning aray of wild flowers.

Imagine the delight of Zarco discovering the wonders of this beautiful Island for the very first time in 1420. My own delight arriving in Madeira was like an arrow to the heart straight from Cupids bow more than a decade ago. The floating garden; Madeira, has something for everyone to do and see. And to prove it, is my list below. Dream a little; live a little; visit Madeira.

What a List!

Tall Ships in Madeira
Tall Ships in Madeira | Source
Cruising to Madeira
Cruising to Madeira | Source
Walk in The Mountains, Madeira
Walk in The Mountains, Madeira | Source
Paul Do Mar, Madeira
Paul Do Mar, Madeira | Source
Paul De Serra, Madeira
Paul De Serra, Madeira | Source
Above The Clouds, Madeira
Above The Clouds, Madeira | Source
Summer Festivities in Madeira
Summer Festivities in Madeira | Source
A Flower Carpet
A Flower Carpet | Source
Walk A Levada in Madeira
Walk A Levada in Madeira | Source
The Lava Rock Pools, Madeira
The Lava Rock Pools, Madeira | Source
Dolphin Watching Madeira
Dolphin Watching Madeira | Source

Things to do in Madeira

Top 101

  1. AGUARDENTE DE CANA
  2. ART
  3. A-FRAMED HOUSES
  4. ATLANTIC FESTIVAL
  5. BANANAS
  6. BAMBOO
  7. BALLROOM
  8. CABO GIRAO
  9. CABLE CAR
  10. CAMPING
  11. CARNIVAL
  12. CAVES
  13. CAMRA DE LOBOS
  14. CHURCHES
  15. CHURCHILL
  16. CIDER
  17. COLUMBUS
  18. CRAFT
  19. CRUISE
  20. DANCE
  21. DRINK
  22. ENTERTAINMENT
  23. ESCAPE
  24. ECOLOGICAL
  25. EMBROIDERY
  26. FADO
  27. FACTORIES
  28. FIREWORKS
  29. FISH
  30. FORTE
  31. FOOD
  32. FUN
  33. FLOWERS
  34. FLOWER FESTIVAL
  35. FLOWER ARRANGING
  36. FOOTBALL
  37. GARDENS
  38. GRAPES
  39. GO- KARTING
  40. GOURMET
  41. GOLF
  42. HARVEST
  43. HISTORY
  44. HIKING
  45. HOLIDAY
  46. INVEST
  47. INHALE
  48. JEEP
  49. KAYACK
  50. LAKES
  51. LEVADA WALKING
  52. LANGUAGE
  53. MADEIRA WINE
  54. MARISCOS
  55. MARKET
  56. MARINA
  57. MASSAGE
  58. MONTE
  59. MOUNTAINS
  60. MUSEUMS
  61. MUSIC
  62. NEW YEAR
  63. NATURE
  64. NAVIGATE
  65. ORCHIDS
  66. PARA-GLIDE
  67. PAINT
  68. PLATEAU
  69. PONCHA
  70. PORTO SANTO
  71. QUINTA
  72. RAMBLE
  73. REAL ESTATE
  74. REIDS
  75. RUM
  76. SELVAGENS
  77. SHOPPING
  78. SPA
  79. SPRINGS
  80. SUGAR CANE
  81. SUNTAN
  82. SUNBATH
  83. SWIM
  84. SUNSET
  85. STROLL
  86. TRADITION
  87. TOBOGGAN
  88. TASTE
  89. TOUR
  90. TRAVEL
  91. TENNIS
  92. THEATRE
  93. THEME PARK
  94. UNDISCOVERED
  95. VAGRANT
  96. VIEWS
  97. WICKER
  98. WINES
  99. XPLORE
  100. YACHTING
  101. ZARCO

Madeira

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The delightful Isle of Madeira. A beautiful Portuguese Island.

Ponta Do Sao Lourenço
Ponta Do Sao Lourenço | Source
Views From Ponta Do Pargo
Views From Ponta Do Pargo | Source
Rugged Mountain Walks, Madeira
Rugged Mountain Walks, Madeira | Source
Madeira Mountains
Madeira Mountains | Source
Among The Clouds, Madeira
Among The Clouds, Madeira | Source
Views, Pico Do Arieiro
Views, Pico Do Arieiro | Source
Views, Pico Do Arieiro
Views, Pico Do Arieiro | Source
Views, Pico De Barcelos, Madeira
Views, Pico De Barcelos, Madeira | Source
Sunset, Madeira
Sunset, Madeira | Source
Rainbow Reflection, Madeira
Rainbow Reflection, Madeira | Source

What to do in Madeira

A to Z

Aqua Madeira is at your beckoning service. Visit the harbor of Funchal and relish in the activities that await you.

  • Aqua park it for a fun day
  • Bring a bucket for your limpets
  • Catch a tuna out at sea
  • Dive deep in the ocean
  • Enjoy a day shore fishing
  • Fish with a spear
  • Go snorkeling
  • Have a day at the beach
  • Imagine surfing
  • Jet ski along the coastline
  • Kick the pool habit, swim in the deep
  • Look for dolphins
  • Migrating wales cross your path
  • Navigate the seas
  • Organize a ferry to the sister isle
  • Pools of rock lava, good for a dip
  • Quit the swimming, go wind surfing
  • Ride the waves, water ski
  • Spot the cruise ships
  • Take a trip to the Desertas
  • Under the sea in Porto Moniz
  • View the isle from the ocean


Boating joys on the Atlantic include daily excursions; embark from the marina and have a whale of a time.

  • Banana boating at your peril
  • Catamaran along the coast
  • Delight in bottom boating
  • Eager to show some skill, kayaking for you
  • Failing the above, stick to sailing
  • Grab a lift on a speed boat


Culinary skills on Madeira are next to none; enjoy fabulous local dishes to your hearts content.

  • Chew on a little Espetada
  • Devour a Picada
  • Enjoy the Bolo de Caco
  • Fish of the day, the Scabbard of course
  • Goat stew is a local favorite
  • Have a taste of crispy Squid
  • Ideally have a roll with Porco com Alho
  • Jump for joy when you slurp the Ganja
  • Kill for Cod, salted it is
  • Love the Bolo de Mel
  • Maize deep fried is on the menu
  • Nibble on a little Octopus


Drinks on Madeira won't fail to impress your taste buds or encourage your dancing feet.

  • Drink a Caipirinha
  • Enjoy a passion fruit juice
  • Fed up of the norm try a Nikita
  • Gargle some vinho verde
  • Have a Pe de Cabra
  • Ignore them all, another Poncha please
  • Joy to the world Madeira wine for me
  • Keeling over, a little Portuguese vino
  • Lemon tea straight, cheers
  • Mull over a local beer


Energize yourself and walk the cobbled streets of Funchal: The beautiful city of Madeira.

  • Explore the old town
  • Forward it is, on the open top bus
  • Get to grips with the historic buildings
  • Haggle for some fruit and veg at the farmers market
  • Idol through the Santa Catharina park
  • Jolly along the promenade to Praia Formosa
  • Keep the spring in your step down at the marina
  • Light foot it on the cobbled streets
  • Moise along to the Municipal Gardens
  • Nose through the ole embroidery shops
  • Opt for a swim with dolphins

Put yourself out, have a walk about


  • Favorite places; take in some sightseeing and visit the Island villages and mountain terrain.
  • Fantastic views from Eira do Serrado
  • Great heights from Cabo Girao
  • Have a day out to the west
  • Improve your sights on the east
  • Jeep it down to Nuns Valley
  • Knock yourself out, go rock climbing
  • Levada trails to stroll along
  • Mountain walks to make your legs strong
  • Nobody goes to the highest peek without a guide
  • Obvious choice for hikers, walk the peninsula
  • Para-glide off a mountain top
  • Questions answered at the Madeira history centre


Great entertainment will keep you busy all night long.

  • Go dancing, have a little fun
  • Hit the casino and play your cards right
  • Inspired, see a little theatre
  • Jingle along and see a show
  • Keep in tune with a string quartet
  • Listen to the music at the cabaret
  • Meet the local fado singers
  • Night out the typical Madeira way


Heaps of more excitement to come.

  • Helicopter around the island
  • Indulge in a little bird watching
  • Jeep it to the caves
  • Kneel in a beautiful Cathedral
  • Learn some Portuguese
  • Meet Columbus the giant turtle
  • Nip to the Islands
  • Ole; see a football game
  • Play a little golf
  • Quick game of tennis
  • Run the city marathon
  • Sip a selection of tea at Reid's
  • Taste the flavour of the Tropical gardens
  • Unleash yourself jump in a cable car
  • Visit the botanical gardens
  • Wear yourself out stroll up to Monte
  • Xtra delight at the Orchid Gardens
  • Yield to the local market stalls
  • Zap some photos for your holiday album


What kind of holiday do you like?

  • Relaxing on a lounger in the sun by a pool
  • Sun, sand and sea oh! and sangria for me
  • A fancy hotel with exclusive facilities anywhere in the sun
  • A golfing holiday is my thing
  • I like active holidays and plenty of sightseeing
  • City breaks
  • Touring Holidays
  • Anything to do with wildlife
  • Cultural holidays with historic monuments and artifacts
  • Skiing for me
  • Visiting the vineyards in Europe
  • Local holiday destinations
  • All inclusive Holidays
  • Adults only locations
  • Family resorts
  • Self-catering
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© 2009 Gabriel Wilson

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Gabriel Wilson 6 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

You know ,there probably is more to be said about them. I may get to work .


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida

You'll be busy, now I need you to write a hub on each one of those, I am broke, can't come to Madeira. I will come back here and dream though.

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