5 days in Madeira Itinerary

5 days in Madeira Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Madeira trip planner

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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.
Blandy's Wine Lodge and Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption and Igreja de Sao Pedro are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Funchal: Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools (in Porto Moniz) and Ponta de Sao Lourenco (in Machico). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Pico do Arieiro, walk around Parque de Santa Catarina, explore the striking landscape at Cabo Girao, and see majestic marine mammals with VMT Madeira.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Funchal route planner.

Lisbon to Funchal is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Lisbon in October since evenings lows in Funchal dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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.