Mountains rising from the Atlantic, waterfalls plunging into the ocean, winding roads meandering through wilderness, and the vibrant colours of the lifetime of spring that the island enjoys, Madeira is one of Portugal’s best kept secrets!
An ignored haven that is slowly coming into the spotlight, this archipelago is one of the best volcanic islands in the world.
Earlier known for being a laid-back island with not much to offer, it is today famous for having some of the best natural phenomenon for the tourists to explore. Whether it be volcanic caves and rocks, or unusual vegetation, and spectacular scenes, this island is packed with everything that one would call perfection!
Take a look at what makes this island so special, and why it should be a part of your itinerary!
And then, go ahead and plan a trip to Portugal.
Brace yourself to have the most interrupted journey that you will ever have. And there is no one to blame but the mesmerising views. With the camera at a constant go, you will be surprised as to how beautiful this island is. Whether it be the sun on the horizon, the cobalt waters, or even a modest home with a lush mountainous background, the island is teemed with heavenly sites. Visit Cabo Girão, the highest cliff skywalk of Europe to enjoy the panoramic views of the isle and the waters.
Caving, hiking, picnicking, and beaching are some of the most popular activities that you can enjoy on the island. For those who are looking for some exceptional experiences, indulge in a cultural tour, a session meeting dolphins and whales, and lazing around in one of the many sea pools of the isle. The Laurissilva Forest, and Levadas are perfect for nature lovers, as the first one is part of a UNESCO site, while the latter boasts of the best hiking experience.
Big on seafood, and even bigger on flavours, Madeira is every pescatarian’s dream come true! Also known as some of the best producers of wine in the country, there’s no better place to indulge in this wonderful brew than here!
Another thing that you’ll find abundant in Madeira, is fruits. The most exotic fresh fruits of the best quality can be found here.
For a quick bite during your sightseeing tour, you can opt for Bolo Do Caco- a local street delicacy. For the best gastro-adventure, head to local restaurants and eateries. Interacting with the people and the chef will add immensely to your experience.
Madeira is home to the most lovely people. Gracious, welcoming and kind, it seems that everyone in this small town is excited to have you over. Known as “a place for the oldies”, you will be welcomed by the doting elders. A one big family, indulging in a little love here is blissful!
Not lacking in terms of history, art and architecture, Madeira has galleries, museums and cathedrals that tell tales of the rich, ancient history of this pearl of a land. Their unique connection with the Flemish Masters can also be observed at their Sacred Art museum.
Madeira is the abode of the humble Portuguese. Blessed with nature’s best, it will soon be a rage amongst wanderers. Be sure to plan a vacation here for a few days while in Portugal!