5 days in Madeira Itinerary

5 days in Madeira Itinerary

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Funchal
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Swim with Dolphins and Levada Caldeirao Verde. Step out of Funchal with an excursion to Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse in Ponta do Pargo--about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico do Arieiro, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabo Girao, take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Nuns, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monte Palace Madeira.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Funchal travel route planning tool.

Lisbon to Funchal is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Funchal when traveling from Lisbon in October, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Funchal

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Madeira travel guide

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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.