11 days in Madeira & Sao Miguel Itinerary

11 days in Madeira & Sao Miguel Itinerary

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11 days in Madeira & Sao Miguel Itinerary

Start: Omaha
Fly:  21​h
1
Funchal
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Ponta Delgada
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Omaha


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3
nights
Funchal

Funchal ©
The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Step out of the city life by going to Pico do Arieiro and Praia de Garajau. Do some cultural sightseeing at Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte and Caravel Art Center. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Cabo Girao, admire the natural beauty at Monte Palace Madeira, enjoy the sand and surf at Faja Do Rancho Beach, and examine the collection at Madeira Film Experience.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Funchal online road trip planner .

Omaha, USA to Funchal is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Omaha to Funchal due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Omaha in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Funchal: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 62°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Camara De Lobos, Praia de Garajau
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Pico do Arieiro ©
Pico do Arieiro
Cabo Girao ©
Cabo Girao
Monte Palace Madeira ©
Monte Palace Madeira

5
nights
Ponta Delgada

Ponta Delgada ©
As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia de Santa Barbara and Piscinas Naturais. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nossa Senhora da Paz and Igreja de Sao Miguel Arcanjo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ponta Delgada: Furnas (Poca Da Dona Beija, Caldeira das Furnas, & more) and Mosteiros Beach (in Mosteiros). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Jose, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ponta Delgada trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Funchal to Ponta Delgada in 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Funchal to Ponta Delgada is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Funchal in November, you will find days in Ponta Delgada are a bit cooler (66°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Furnas, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel, Mosteiros, Boca do Inferno Viewpoint
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Boca do Inferno Viewpoint ©
Boca do Inferno Viewpoint
Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Poca Da Dona Beija ©
Poca Da Dona Beija

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