Madeira is a verdant island in perennial bloom, featuring a laurel rain forest dating back to the Pliocene era that covers 37,000 acres and includes ferns and vinháticos.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is part of a national park that extends over two-thirds of the island. As a result, Madeira is a destination for ecotourism that offers pristine landscapes, cliffs plunging dramatically into the Atlantic, tiny villages immersed in green, terraced vineyards, and stunning mountains.

July and August activities

The site offers during the months of July and August activities for children and adults.
Example of activities: Arts & crafts, junior tennis, tennis drills, mini golf tournments, sea scooter, pizza making, swimby, private tennis lessons, aqua aerobics, stretching, family water polo, games evening, hamster ball, mini tennis, basketball and children barbecue.
Some activities has a fee, for more information contact the reception.

Walking and hiking in Madeira

Discovering Madeira’s peaks is a thrilling adventure. You pass hydrangeas, heather, and rhododendrons as you head up Pico do Arieiro. From here continue on foot along a spectacular trail that leads to Pico Ruivo, the island’s highest peak. Hike along the levadas, a network of 200 irrigation canals nestled among ferns and wild orchids dating back to the 16th Century. Enjoy riding the cable car up to Monte, and then return to Funchal on a wooden sled. Afterwards, swim in the natural pool at Porta Moniz, and take pictures of the traditional A-frame bungalows of Santana. From the top of the Cabo Girao cliff top you can also experience the skywalk. A stunning glass-floor viewing platform from the very top.

Discover Madeira's wine history

More relaxing is a stroll through the rose gardens and grottoes at Quinta Palmeira, a lush landscape punctuated with tiled fountains and benches to enjoy the mesmerising view. Madeira developed a significant wine industry in the 18th Century, when it was discovered that the fortified wine improved in the hot holds of ships bound for the New World. Madeira vintners soon figured out how to get the same effect without the wines leaving home. The best introduction to Madeira’s signature wine is a tour of the Old Blandy Wine Lodge, in the centre of Funchal, where the 17th-Century St Francis Monastery was converted to a wine-aging building in 1852. Tours illuminate the unique canteiro aging system and end with a tasting of the local elixir.

Things to do in Funchal, the Madeira capital

Funchal boasts a long and illustrious history, with plenty to see and do. But today’s capital is modern and well-served, with restaurants aplenty; six cinemas; lidos and water parks; superb shopping; markets, museums and more. The city is nestled in a great natural amphitheatre, facing the blue Atlantic with a backdrop of dramatic mountains. Located in the stunning south of Madeira, on its sunniest coast amidst banana plantations and wonderful gardens where flowers bloom all year round in the shelter of the verdant mountains, it is an extremely lush, green and relaxed city by day, but scratch Funchal’s surface and you will find it has a vibrant and varied nightlife scene.

Explore Madeira by foot or by car

For those who like hiking, Madeira offers memorable landscapes, the famous ‘levadas’ are tracks that were created by water channels, through areas that are not accessible by car and with an inexplicable beauty.

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