Top Things to Do When Traveling to Madeira, Portugal

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Overlooking green steep cliffs and blue waters crashing on the shores in Madeira, Portugal.
Curator’s statement

Madeira, Portugal is a magical place. Dubbed as "the island of eternal spring", the weather is fantastic year-round, which offers limitless opportunities to enjoy the towns, landscapes, food and water. With topography similar to Hawai’i and mountainous Caribbean islands, Madeira also has a unique old European feel. Seafood and local wine is abundant, which is a nice way to end a perfect day filled with exploring the many unique sights of the island.

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Where to stay

Reid's Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Madeira

Experience timeless luxury and breathtaking views at Reid's Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Madeira, where elegance meets tradition amidst the lush landscapes of Portugal's stunning island. Indulge in impeccable service and unparalleled relaxation, creating unforgettable memories in this iconic Atlantic retreat.

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Things to do

A grey stone castle-like structure overlooking a city of buildings with orange roofed buildings and a blue ocean in Funchal the capital of Madeira, Portugal.

Walk around Funchal 

Funchal is Madeira's capital city. Stroll along the Atlantic, check out the cathedral and stop in the many shops where you can find local artistry items. Make sure to go to Blandy's Wine Lodge for a tour and tasting of Madeira wine!

Cable car

For the best views, take the cable car up to Monte. There, take in the view, walk the levadas and visit the famous gardens.

Island tour

Spend a day touring the island with a guide. Make sure to stop in Santana to see the traditional houses!

Madeira tasting

Have a guide take you to various wine regions of the island. You'll see beautiful views and drink delicious wine!

Boat tour

Enjoy an evening cruise on a boat for amazing views and a chance to spot some wildlife.


If you are feeling more adventurous, the deep sea fishing in Madeira is fantastic.


There are seemingly endless hikes on this island. The most famous is Pico de Arriero. If you're feeling less active, you can also take a 4x4 trip to the top.

Eat & drink

Tan chicken fingers with green lettuce on a white plate and white sauce in the center in Madeira, Portugal.

Ristorante Villa Cipriani: Part of the Belmond Hotel, this restaurant is a fantastic location for delicious Italian food, with one of the most stunning views I have seen at a restaurant. Tip: make sure to sit on the patio.

William Restaurant: The Michelin-starred restaurant located in the Belmond Hotel. Consistently top rated, the views are incredible.

Afternoon tea: Even if you are not staying at the Belmond, make sure to reserve afternoon tea. Take in the views sitting on the hotel's storied patio, and enjoy delicious tea and bites. You don't want to miss it!

Need to Know

Because of the various activities available on the island, this destination is suitable for couples, friends and families alike. Be sure to spend more time than you think on the island – it will steal your heart!

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