Which Islands Should I Visit?

 

A Tour Around Madeira Islands

 

 

Madeira is a Portuguese island chain made up of four islands: Madeira, Porto Santo, Desertas and Selvagens, only two of which are inhabited (Madeira and Porto Santo.) The islands of Desertas and Selvagens are natural reserves with names that aptly translate into “Deserted” and “Wild”.

 

 

 

Madeira Island

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Madeira Botanical Garden

 

"The Island of Experiences"

Dubbed the island of eternal spring, Madeira is the perfect setting for anyone looking to reconnect with nature and experience the extraordinary.  Boasting mild weather and equally mild ocean temperatures year-round, Madeira is a unique destination offering an endless array of activities for you to discover the island’s stunning natural beauty by land or by sea. Go hiking and biking through the island’s extensive natural reserve and discover stunning coastal cliffs with mesmerizing views, cascading waterfalls and lush laurel forests protected by UNESCO. Explore the surrounding seas by kayak, sail boat, jet-ski or surf board, or explore what lies beneath these pristine blue waters with a snorkel or scuba diving excursion.

 

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Seixal beach

 

Discover the charming port city of Funchal, a cruise-ship hub and a historical and colorful city teeming with restaurants, cafés and friendly locals. Explore the narrow streets paved in black and white stones, explore the city’s colorful and lively markets, and indulge in delicious food. Try the local fish, savor bolo do caco and sip poncha as you people-watch under the sunny skies of Madeira. Enjoy the thrill of going down a hill on a traditional wicker toboggan and admire the island’s typical houses and architecture.

 

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Wicker basket toboggan ride

With its exquisite landscapes, delicious cuisine, distinctive culture and traditions and endless opportunities for adventure, it's easy to see why this dreamy island was elected “World's Leading Island Destination" in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 by the World Travel Awards.

 

 

 

 

Porto Santo Island

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Porto Santo Beach

 

"The Golden Island"

Located just 50km (31mi) from Madeira Island, the dreamy little island of Porto Santo is the smallest inhabited island of the archipelago. Boasting miles of long, beautiful, golden sand beaches, this is the island to visit if you’re looking for a luxurious and relaxing beach getaway.

 

Porto Santo’s year-round mild weather is perfect sightseeing. Visitors can enjoy walking and biking trails, horseback riding, Jeep tours and even golf. For those that prefer to be on the ocean, head out on a boat tour, go diving or snorkel right off the beach.

 

Paddle Surf in Porto Santo Island
Paddle surf

Voted “Best Dune Beach” on the list of “7 Marvels – Beaches of Portugal”, Porto Santo’s golden sands and crystal clear waters stretch along 9km (5.5mi) of the island’s coastline. Aside from its breathtaking beauty and appeal, Porto Santo’s beach boasts many health benefits that are sure to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after your visit. The beach’s golden sands have proven therapeutic properties, and are said to be highly beneficial to bone, joint and muscle care. Taking a dip in the ocean will alleviate body fatigue and stress, as the waters around the island contain mineral salts that are said to improve nervous system health.

 

Escape, unwind and leave all your worries behind; we invite you to experience the best of Madeira!

 

 

 

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