8 days in Madeira Islands Itinerary

8 days in Madeira Islands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Madeira Islands travel planner

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Funchal, Madeira
— 5 nights
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Porto Santo Island
— 2 nights
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Funchal, Madeira

— 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sao Vicente (Capelinha N. S. Fatima & Levada Faja do Rodrigues), Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela (in Ribeira da Janela) and Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools (in Porto Moniz). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico do Arieiro, see Off-Road Tours, take an exotic tour of Safari Madeira Island, and delve into the lush surroundings at Laurissilva Forest.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Funchal trip maker site.

Manchester, 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 Manchester in September: high temperatures in Funchal hover around 30°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Porto Santo Island.

Things to do in Funchal

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Porto Santo Island

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Ponta da Calheta, go for a stroll along the water at Praia do Porto Santo, then explore the striking landscape at Pico de Ana Ferreira, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Porto Santo Island attractions planner.

Fly from Funchal to Porto Santo Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Porto Santo Island can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto Santo Island

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Scenic Drive

Madeira Islands travel guide

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Gardens · Geologic Formations · Mountains
A feast for the senses, the subtropical paradise of Madeira Islands draws nearly a million visitors annually. This Atlantic archipelago, known to many as the "Islands of Eternal Spring," lies some 850 km (530 mi) southwest of the Portuguese mainland. Volcanic in origin, the islands feature dense pine and laurel forests and richly cultivated mountain slopes. The two populated islands boast an extensive network of irrigation channels, bringing much-needed fresh water to the coastal farms and resorts. Hiking trails following these water channels make even the remotest areas accessible, beckoning to adventurous trekkers and impassioned nature lovers. Base your holiday in the city of Funchal, the archipelago's capital and biggest city.