Madeira: Travel and tourism

Typical houses
Typical houses
Far out in the Atlantic Ocean (nearly 600 kilometres from North Africa and 1000 km from Lisbon) lies the archipelago of Madeira and Porto Santo, the first with its luxuriant vegetation, steep hills and astonishing views, the second with almost no vegetation but boasting of a 9-km beach.

The island of Madeira is well-known to tourists; its capital, Funchal, offers a wide choice of hotels, restaurants and shops, besides museums and historical buildings.

But the best is to explore the whole island: from Pico Ruivo, the highest mountain, only to be reached by foot, to Curral das Freiras, a magnificent valley surrounded by frightening peaks, and to the small villages by the sea, everywhere you can see impressive sceneries of deep cliffs, green woods and exotic flowers.

By contrast, Porto Santo has the only thing Madeira lacks: an enormous sandy beach, where you can enjoy all sorts of water sports.
Hotel Enotel Baía do Sol Hotel Enotel Baía do Sol
Ponta do Sol
$$$$ (100 to 150 euros)

Stay on the sunny south coast of Madeira at a charming hotel nestled between the mountains and the sea. Explore the picturesque oceanfront town of Ponta do Sol or stroll the winding cobbled streets and historic core of nearby Funchal, the capital of Madeira.

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