12 days in Madeira Itinerary

12 days in Madeira Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Madeira vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Funchal
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ponta Do Sol
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sao Vicente
— 4 nights
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Drive to Madeira Airport, Fly to London Heathrow Airport, Drive to London

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Funchal

— 4 nights
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.
You've now added Pico do Arieiro to your itinerary. Take a break from Funchal with a short trip to Ponta de Sao Lourenco in Machico, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Monte Palace Madeira, browse the different shops at Mercado dos Lavradores, stroll around Parque de Santa Catarina, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Funchal online trip planner.

London, UK to Funchal is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from London in March, expect Funchal to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ponta Do Sol.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Ponta Do Sol

— 3 nights
Ponta do Sol is a municipality in the southwestern coast of the island of Madeira, in the archipelago of Madeira. You've now added Levada do Paul da Serra to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: hike along 25 Fontes Falls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Bento, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascata dos Anjos, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Levada do Moinho.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ponta Do Sol trip planner.

Ponta Do Sol is just a short distance from Funchal. In March, daytime highs in Ponta Do Sol are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sao Vicente.

Things to do in Ponta Do Sol

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Sao Vicente

— 4 nights
São Vicente is a municipality along the north-west coast of the island of Madeira.HistoryThe first human visitors to São Vicente appeared in the middle of the 15th century, colonizing the area much later than the settlers in the southern part of the island, owing to its fertility. Take a break from Sao Vicente with a short trip to Levada Do Rei in Sao Jorge, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Laurissilva Forest, take some stellar pictures from Capelinha N. S. Fatima, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Paroquial de Santa Isabel, and trek along Pico Ruivo do Paul da Serra.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sao Vicente day trip planning site.

Sao Vicente is very close to Ponta Do Sol. In March in Sao Vicente, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 16°C at night. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sao Vicente

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Madeira travel guide

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Gardens · Geologic Formations · Mountains
Pearl of the Atlantic
Madeira, the largest island of the eponymous archipelago, serves as one of Portugal's top year-round holiday destinations. Although it draws a growing number of visitors, the island retains much of its relaxed atmosphere and provides an alternative vacation idea for travelers seeking a tropical paradise still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism. The capital city of Funchal, settled in the 15th century, attracts the biggest crowds and serves as a convenient stopover for trans-Atlantic cruise ships sailing from the Caribbean. When you get tired of exploring Fuchal's lively streets and beaches, hop on a boat tour of the archipelago for some whale watching or big game fishing.