10 Things to do in Madeira

Sitting pretty in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the Portuguese island of Madeira is a haven of glorious natural scenery, ready and waiting to be explored. With so many fun Madeira things to do, and so much to see, it's up to you to find your favourite way to connect with the island. The island is brimming with beautiful beaches and friendly tavernas, but the real appeal of Madeira as a holiday destination goes far beyond just lazy days on the beach or a cold glass of beer. Whether you want to head for the mountains, soak up incredible views over the coastline, or take a whale-spotting trip out to sea, you're sure to find plenty of things to do in Madeira.

Hiking in Madeira

For avid hikers seeking adventure, or those who simply want to get out and about in nature, you'll find lots to keep you entertained on this island. From cascading waterfalls and rocky countryside, to tropical gardens and coastal walks, there are all kinds of different routes and trails to follow on this spectacular island. Remember to take your camera, because you'll want to look back on these views for years to come.

Visit Madeira's nature reserves

Madeira's famous for its stunning scenery, and a whopping two thirds of its landscape is in fact a protected nature reserve. All this means you're never all that far from unbelievable natural beauty, which needs to be seen to be believed. How about a trip to Cabo Girao? It's home to one of the tallest cliff faces on the planet, and is visited by around 1,800 visitors every day. Or what about the volcanic caves of Sao Vicente? Whatever you fancy, there's enough to visit somewhere new every day of your holiday.

Dolphin and whale watching in Madeira

Head off the mainland and you'll experience an underwater world filled with wildlife. The crystal-clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean attract a huge variety of sealife to this part of the world, including whales, dolphins and turtles. Take a look at the choice of boat tours, which run all year round, and see if you can spot some of these magnificent creatures for yourself. The tours do their best to minimise any disturbance to the natural behaviour of these beautiful animals, but if you're lucky you may see a whale 'breach', or a pod of dolphins playing in the waves.

Spend the day at Madeira Theme Park

If you're looking for exciting things to do in Madeira, big and little ones alike will love the theme park over in Santana. This place offers a different take on a theme park, and it's more of an exhibition centre that's dedicated to history, traditions and culture of the people of Madeira. You'll find everything from a Monte Train replica to adrenaline-fuelled outdoor sports in a pretty setting. So whether you want a laid-back day out or something more adventure-filled, look no further than this.

 

Things to do

Best hotels in Madeira

Pestana Royal Premium All Inclusive Ocean & Spa Resort

Pestana Royal Premium All Inclusive Ocean & Spa Resort

Portugal, Madeira, Funchal

Pestana Casino Park Hotel & Casino

Pestana Casino Park Hotel & Casino

Portugal, Madeira, Funchal

Calheta Beach  All Inclusive

Calheta Beach All Inclusive

Portugal, Madeira, Calheta

Pestana Grand Premium Ocean Resort

Pestana Grand Premium Ocean Resort

Portugal, Madeira, Funchal

The Cliff Bay Resort

The Cliff Bay Resort

Portugal, Madeira, Funchal

Pestana Promenade Ocean Resort Hotel

Pestana Promenade Ocean Resort Hotel

Portugal, Madeira, Funchal

Saccharum Resort

Saccharum Resort

Portugal, Madeira, Calheta

Quinta da Bela Vista

Quinta da Bela Vista

Portugal, Madeira, Funchal

Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel

Pestana Carlton Madeira Ocean Resort Hotel

Portugal, Madeira, Funchal

Enotel Lido All Inclusive

Enotel Lido All Inclusive

Portugal, Madeira, Funchal

Pestana Village Garden Resort Aparthotel

Pestana Village Garden Resort Aparthotel

Portugal, Madeira, Funchal

Dom Pedro Garajau

Dom Pedro Garajau

Portugal, Madeira, Canico

Pestana Miramar Garden & Ocean Resort

Pestana Miramar Garden & Ocean Resort

Portugal, Madeira, Funchal

The Vine

The Vine

Portugal, Madeira, Funchal

VidaMar Resorts Madeira Half Board

VidaMar Resorts Madeira Half Board

Portugal, Madeira, Funchal