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The Madeira Area Guide

Sights and attractions

Floating seductively in the Atlantic ocean, Madeira is an intriguing archipelago consisting of Madeira Island, Porto Santo, The Savage Islands and The Desertas. Madeira’s interior landscape is encased from head to toe in exotic flora and fauna, which mesmerise all who venture here. Its exterior is characterised by rocky coves, steep cliffs and black pebble bays. In this sense, Madeira is not your typical beach holiday destination, although Porto Santo is home to soft sandy beaches. Instead, towering mountainous peaks like Pico Ruivo, the Laurisilva Forest (a UNESCO world heritage site), and trails along the Levada (irrigation channels) seek to rouse the interest of outdoor enthusiasts, whereas cities like Funchal, the capital of Madeira, invite curious historians to dig deep into the city’s rich cultural past.

Aside from its dramatic beauty, Madeira is the perfect home base for anyone looking to escape the stresses of modern life, yet still wish to be within travelling distance from the rest of Europe and beyond.

Restaurants and cafes

You don’t have to be a food connoisseur to enjoy the delicacies cooked up in this exotic paradise. From seafood to meat, each dish is cooked with love, passion and beautiful flavours. Depending on where you go, you’ll find a tantalising selection of restaurants, diners, cafes and bars to whet your appetite. Madeira’s capital is home to the most diverse selection of eateries. From traditional local fare to an eclectic assortment of cuisines from around the world, all tastes are catered for here.

Quinta da Bela Vista in Funchal is positioned elegantly atop a hillside and perfectly epitomises fine dining at its best. Quinta Palmeira, also situated in Funchal, serves delectable dishes and is sure to become one of your favourite haunts. Plus, the wine menu is exquisite. Lovers of wine should make every effort to sample some of the wine produced in Madeira – the region’s finest export. Numerous bars, taverns and restaurants serve the regional delight, so be sure not to miss it!

Aside from being a top-notch wine producer, like the UK, coffee is another staple drink of choice for many locals. Visit one of the many cafes dotted around in beautiful or even hidden backdrops and unwind as you sip on your steaming cup of hot joe – it screams pure heavenly bliss, doesn’t it?

Shops

Local produce, handicrafts and the latest designer items can all be bought in Madeira. The most exciting part of the shopping experience is seeing what you can discover as you traipse through the different cities, towns and villages. However, Madeira’s capital is without a doubt the best place to shop, all manner of stores, boutiques, shopping centres, markets and bazaars can be found here. Wander down the myriad of back streets or window watch on the main high street, and you’ll stumble upon hidden gems disguised from prying eyes. Whether it’s designer items from glamorous independent retailers, embroidery created by skilled artisans or even bottles of the locally produced wine, you’ll be able to find what you’re lusting after in Madeira and, in particular, Funchal.

Travel

Getting to the beautiful archipelago is quite simple. Catch a direct flight from any of the European countries and arrive comfortably to one of Madeira’s two airports: Madeira or Porto Santo. From London, it takes just under 4 hours to get to Madeira and from Lisbon you can arrive in Porto Santo in around 2 hours. Once you’ve landed safely in the floating garden, you can choose to travel around Madeira by either bus, taxi, car or foot. However, transport via car is, perhaps, the best way to explore the area in more depth and at your own pace. If you wish to island hop, frequent ferries take you back and forth between the main two islands (Madeira and Porto Santo). Luckily, all modes of transport expose the captivating beauty of the islands in all their glory.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.



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