Nice temperature, secular traditions, good food and exotic nature. These are just some of the reasons that make Madeira a great holiday destination. With family, alone or with friends, the island offers to all who visit a great diversity of adventures that promise to stay in the memory.
Why should you visit Madeira?
Walk through the Levadas
There is no way to go to Madeira without at least a walk through the Levadas. These rails leading to the heart of the island are irrigation canals, used for many years to bring water to the plantations. As you walk through the Levadas you can find the most beautiful landscapes of Madeira. The first roads appeared in the sixteenth century and currently reach a total length of 3 thousand kilometers. Similar rails are also found on the island of La Palma, in the Canaries.
An island with History
Although it is best known for nature, the truth is that Madeira is rich in history and traditions. Before the official discovery of the archipelago, navigators are thought to have passed by. In 1419, Tristão Vaz Teixeira, Bartolomeu Perestrelo and João Gonçalves Zarco complained to Madeira for Portugal. They found her by chance, following a storm that had led them off course.
Vivid colors and exotic flavors
The island of Madeira is suitable for lovers of gastronomy. The traditional recipe is simple but has the ability to capture the flavours of the region. In the confection of the dishes are used typical ingredients, like the banana or the passion fruit. The main specialities are the swordfish, the tuna, the limpets and the stingray in the bay. There is also the famous bolo-do-caco, the poncha and Vinho da Madeira.
Festivals and Celebrations
Despite being a tourist destination, Madeira has never lost its identity. The proof of this is in the festivals and pilgrimages that make a point of exalting the local traditions. The poster includes numerous events, especially for the Carnival Festivities, the Flower Festival or the Atlantic Festival. The initiatives take place throughout the year and are attended by people of all ages.
New Year’s Eve
The New Year’s Eve Party is one of the most important events in Madeira. The firework display is the largest in Portugal and it is one of the largest in the world. The celebration of the new year attracts thousands of tourists, who run to the island to celebrate. From 2006 to 2010, the city of Funchal was distinguished for hosting the “Greatest Pyrotechnic Show in the World”.
The Laurissilva forest of Madeira has a history of 20 million years and was therefore recognized in 1999 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The subtropical features make it one of the most beautiful in the world, housing rare species of fauna and flora. The same type of forest is also found in the Azores, Cape Verde and the Canaries, but it is in Madeira that we can see the largest and best preserved green spot.
For admirers of today’s greatest Portuguese star, visiting Madeira means taking a trip to the origins of Cristiano Ronaldo. This one of the archipelago’s greatest ambassadors has chosen the island to create a museum where are some of his trophies and sweatshirts, the CR7 Museum and the Pestana CR7 Hotel. In his honor was inaugurated a statue that is in the Square of the Sea.
Sports and extreme activities
From football to other sports, Madeira has excellent conditions for a variety of outdoor activities. Depending on the time of year, it is possible to practice canyoning, kayak, kite surfing, diving, sailing, sport hunting, hang gliding, or paragliding. For lovers of quieter activities, we advise a boat trip to see whales, dolphins and sea lions.
Internationally renowned hotel industry
The Portuguese are keen to welcome, and the Madeirans are no exception. Proof of this is in the internationally renowned hospitality industry and several times awarded with tourism awards. Together with the 5 star hotels, there is also a strong rural tourism sector.