Things to Do in Madeira Portugal

Things to Do in Madeira Portugal, Madeira, Portugal (B)

Who would have thought there were so many things to do in Madeira Portugal. Two weeks spent on Madeira island and we still did not cover all that we wanted to. Madeira surprised us. Madeira really has it all; top-class hotels and restaurants, stunning coastal and mountainous landscapes, beaches and natural swimming pools, parks, cool architecture and warm friendly people. We were fortunate to stay with our close friends and experience the island life as locals do.

Madeira is the largest of the 4 Atlantic Ocean islands that make up the Madeira Archipelago off the coast of mainland Portugal. Madeira covers 801 km2. The capital of Madeira is Funchal and is located on the south coast of Madeira.

In July 1419 two Portuguese explorers Zarco and Vaz, on the orders of Prince Henry the Navigator, were sent to chart the West Coast of Africa. Strong winds sent them off track and they landed on the island of Porto Santo. They reported back to Henry the Navigator on the richness of the island. A year later Madeira was discovered and the first colonizers settled there between 1420 and 1425. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Things to Do in Madeira Portugal
Guide Location: Portugal » Madeira
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Jane Dempster-smith
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Jesuits College
  • Church of St John The Evangelist
  • City Hall
  • Monte Palace Tropical Gardens
  • Church of Our Lady of the Monte
  • Funchal Cathedral
  • Mercado dos Lavradoes
  • Rua de Santa Maria
  • Baltazar Dias Municipal Theatre
  • Holy Trinity Funchal Madeira
  • II Gallo d’Oro
  • Restaurante do Forte
  • Restaurante Mozart
  • O Tasco
  • Doca do Cavacas