8 days in Madeira Islands Itinerary

8 days in Madeira Islands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Madeira Islands holiday planner

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Porto Santo Island
— 1 night
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Funchal, Madeira
— 6 nights
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Porto Santo Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): examine the collection at Museu do Cardina, go for a stroll along the water at Praia do Porto Santo, then stroll through Ponta da Calheta, and finally explore the striking landscape at Pico de Ana Ferreira. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Jorge Brum do Canto Museum, stroll through Zimbralinho Beach, then tee off at Porto Santo Golfe, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Porto Santo Island trip planner.

Porto to Porto Santo Island is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Porto in September since evenings lows in Porto Santo Island dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Funchal.

Things to do in Porto Santo Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

Funchal, Madeira

— 6 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Faja Do Rancho Beach and Prainha do Canical. Take a break from the city and head to Pico do Arieiro and Cabo Girao. Explore Funchal's surroundings by going to Calheta Beach (in Calheta), Ponta de Sao Lourenco (in Machico) and Cascata dos Anjos (in Ponta Do Sol). There's still lots to do: indulge your taste buds at Blandy's Wine Lodge, admire the natural beauty at Botanická zahrada Madeira, learn about winemaking at Barbeito Madeira, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Funchal sightseeing planner.

Getting from Porto Santo Island to Funchal by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Funchal can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

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.