Garajau

Halfway between Funchal and Santa Cruz, in Caniço de Baixo, you will find one of the island’s beautiful black sand beaches. Travel by cable car or venture on foot.

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Funchal Downtown and Historical Area

Funchal, the capital of Madeira, was initially built on a bay and gradually expanded to the hill slopes. See this article for more tips.

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Santana

Madeirans no longer live in small triangular houses as shown in postcards but you can still find a few ones in Santana. As a tourist, you will enjoy a small village of restored houses now used as shops and the tourism office of Santana. While strolling, you will see a few houses of that kind in the north […]

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Laurissilva of Madeira

The Laurissilva of Madeira Island is a unique botanical relic, the origins of the laurel forest date back around 20 million years ago. At that time this forest covered a vast area in the south of Europe and the Mediterranean. Due to the different glaciations in Europe in the beginning of the Quaternary, the “laurisilva” […]

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Machico

From the historic point of view this is probably the most interesting town on the island, as Machico was the landing point of the discoverers of Madeira. This peculiar corner of the island boasts Madeira’s oldest church, the ‘Capela dos Milagres’, and two forts still bear witness of the locals’ defence against the many pirate attacks […]

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