6 days in Madeira Itinerary

6 days in Madeira Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Madeira attractions planner

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Funchal
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Funchal

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Safari Madeira Island and Valley of the Nuns. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse and Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte. Get out of town with these interesting Funchal side-trips: Azul Diving Center (in Canical) and Calheta Beach (in Calheta). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Madeira Film Experience, contemplate the long history of Colegio dos Jesuitas do Funchal, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Funchal travel route planning tool.

London, UK to Funchal is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in October: high temperatures in Funchal hover around 28°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Funchal

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

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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.