30 days in Madeira & Faro Itinerary

30 days in Madeira & Faro Itinerary

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30 days in Madeira & Faro Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+3
train + bus + foot + Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Funchal
— 14 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Faro
— 13 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Ottawa

14
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Funchal: Porto Moniz (Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools & Mini Eco Club), Levada do Moinho (in Ponta Do Sol) and Church of Sao Pedro (in Ponta do Pargo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Pico do Arieiro, look for all kinds of wild species at Ponta de Sao Lourenco, learn about winemaking at Blandy's Wine Lodge, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Funchal trip itinerary planning tool .

Ottawa, Canada to Funchal is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, car, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Ottawa to Funchal. Traveling from Ottawa in February, things will get much hotter in Funchal: highs are around 21°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Faro.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Madeira, Santa Cruz, Camara De Lobos, Calheta, Porto Moniz
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Pico do Arieiro ©
Pico do Arieiro
Monte Palace Madeira ©
Monte Palace Madeira
Botanická zahrada Madeira ©
Botanická zahrada Madeira

13
nights
Faro

Faro ©
The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Faro: Tavira (Xiribeachbar - Ilha de Tavira, Tavira Island, & more), Cabanas de Tavira beach (in Cabanas) and Calcadao de Quarteira (in Quarteira). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Old Town Faro, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, cruise along Precious Time, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Algarve Rock Brewery.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Faro road trip website .

Fly from Funchal to Faro in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Funchal in February, plan for little chillier nights in Faro, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Faro

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tavira, Almancil, Olhao, Loule, Quarteira
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Marina de Vilamoura ©
Marina de Vilamoura
Old Town Faro ©
Old Town Faro
Algarve Rock Brewery ©
Algarve Rock Brewery

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