Off-the-Beaten-Path Madeira Exploration

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  • Adventure Travel

  • Babymoons

  • Beaches

  • Boutique Travel

  • Portugal

  • Beach Town

  • Relaxation

  • Outdoor

The rugged coast of Madeira against the Atlantic ocean.
Curator’s statement

I remember my first time landing in Madeira, the view from the cockpit was magnificent. Once on ground, you step into a world where breathtaking natural wonders collide with vibrant cultural experiences. Its lush landscapes, tantalizing cuisine and infectious atmosphere make it an irresistible destination. In this itinerary, we embark on an unforgettable journey through Madeira's hidden gems, unveiling its captivating beauty and mouthwatering culinary delights.

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Where to stay

Reid's Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Madeira

Absolutely fabulous oceanside hotel with an infinity pool perched over the edge of a picturesque cliff.

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Quinta da Casa Branca

An elegant boutique hotel nestled amidst lush botanical gardens, offering a unique blend of tranquillity, refined service, and modern comfort in the heart of Madeira, Portugal.

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Day 1: Arrival and Indulgence in Funchal

Little red home in Madeira.

Check-in at the luxurious Belmond Reid's Palace, perched on a clifftop with breathtaking ocean views. Explore the vibrant capital city, Funchal, with its charming streets and historic sites.

Indulge in a delectable lunch at Il Gallo d'Oro, a Michelin-starred restaurant known for its gourmet cuisine.

Take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Monte Palace Tropical Garden, featuring exotic plants and stunning landscapes.

In the evening, savor a delightful dinner at Restaurant William, renowned for its fusion of local and international flavors.

Day 2: Coastal Splendors and Lavish Retreats

Câmara de Lobos village with little wooden boats on the water.

Embark on a luxury yacht tour along Madeira's dramatic coastline, enjoying the azure waters and rugged cliffs. Visit the upscale fishing village of Câmara de Lobos and sample the island's famous Poncha cocktail at a waterfront café.

Indulge in a relaxing spa treatment at The Vine Hotel, renowned for its top-notch wellness facilities.

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon exploring the Old Town of Funchal, filled with boutique shops and charming cafés.

Dine in style at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Avista, known for its innovative culinary creations.

Day 3: Nature's Grandeur and Gourmet Delights

A hike on a mountain in Madeira.

Embark on a private guided tour to Pico do Arieiro, the third-highest peak in Madeira, and marvel at the breathtaking views. Discover the enchanting Laurissilva Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a guided hike through its lush trails.

Treat yourself to a sumptuous lunch at Quinta do Furão, a luxury vineyard estate with panoramic vistas and gourmet cuisine. Visit the picturesque village of Santana, known for its traditional thatched-roof houses.

Relish a dinner at the elegant Restaurante do Forte, offering a fusion of Mediterranean and Madeiran flavors.

Day 4: Island Adventures and Refined Tastes

Aerial view of Madeira.

Embark on a thrilling helicopter tour over Madeira, taking in the island's stunning landscapes from above.

Explore the western coast and visit the remote village of Porto Moniz, known for its natural volcanic pools. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the charming Estalagem da Ponta do Sol, a boutique hotel and restaurant overlooking the ocean.

Discover the tranquility of Jardim do Mar, a small coastal village ideal for a relaxing stroll along the promenade.

Day 5: Farewell to Madeira

Madeira coast with boats.

Engage in a rejuvenating morning yoga session at the luxurious Savoy Palace, surrounded by tropical gardens. Take a cable car ride up to Monte and visit the iconic Monte Palace Madeira, home to stunning art and lush gardens.

Indulge in a tantalizing lunch at the exclusive Uva Restaurant & Wine Bar, known for its exquisite culinary creations.

Spend the afternoon leisurely exploring Funchal's upscale boutiques, indulging in some luxury shopping.

Conclude your Madeira adventure with a sunset cocktail at the chic rooftop bar of The Cliff Bay Hotel.

Need to Know

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