How about traveling to a destination with stunning landscapes that allows you, at the same time, to enjoy a lot of tranquility? Know that you can find all this and much more in Madeira.
The island, located in Portugal, is one of the natural pearls of Europe, being a very popular destination for visitors from all over the world.
In addition, the archipelago has been considered for an incredible six consecutive times, the best island destination in the world by tourism professionals at the World Travel Awards.
Do you want to know more about this beautiful destination? Then you’re in the right place!
Keep reading and find out everything you need to visit this Portuguese destination.
Madeira is one of the most enchanting destinations in Portugal
And, to begin with, all this charm comes from its waters that have different shades of blue and a green forest full of peace.
The archipelago has volcanic origins. Therefore, it’s full of mountains, cliffs, and valleys. This entire environment is covered by exuberant vegetation, in which the Lauraceae stands out.
This forest is even considered a Natural Heritage of Humanity, a title given by UNESCO.
However, many wonder why the island has that name. The truth is that this name exists because this is the main island of the Madeira Archipelago. In addition to this, the archipelago also has the island of Porto Santo.
However, there are several other islands and islets. These are divided into two groups, the desert islands, and the wild ones.
Thus, Madeira has about 270 thousand inhabitants. Of these, 100,000 live in the island’s capital, the city of Funchal.
By the way, Funchal is a mandatory stop for those who like to visit historic cities, with beautiful architecture, squares, and museums.
Where is it and how to get to the island?
Initially, the island is a Portuguese territory, located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
The territory has no land connections with the mainland. Therefore, if you are a fan of cruises, this is an option to get to the island and enjoy its natural wonders.
So, it’s possible to dock at the port of Funchal. A curiosity is that Madeira receives numerous cruises throughout the year.
Another way to reach the island through the main capitals of Europe is to use the Aeroporto da Madeira Internacional Cristiano Ronaldo, located less than 20 minutes from the center of Funchal.
If you are visiting Lisbon, for example, the direct flight from the Portuguese capital takes just an hour and a half.
The airport’s runway, which extends over the sea, is an architectural tourist attraction for those visiting the region.
When is the best time to visit Madeira?
As we already know, the island has volcanic origins. In addition, it’s in a privileged region on the globe.
Therefore, the archipelago has a pleasant climate and waters with a very inviting temperature. It feels like spring all year round in the region.
However, like any destination, there are certain advantages to visiting the place at a certain time of the year. In summer, the higher temperatures are perfect for a good swim in the sea.
If you prefer mild weather, the temperature of the mountains is a great option for you. It stays around 9°C. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, spring and autumn are the best times to visit the island, as there are not so many tourists.
You recommend you to visit Cabo Girão, about 580m high. Walk along the levadas, which are the ancient irrigation canals built by the colonizers over 400 years ago, to bring water from the north to the south of the island.
Another tip is to take a boat trip to see dolphins and whales. On this tour, it’s possible to see several animals in their natural habitat.
Finally, you can also climb one of the highest peaks in the archipelago. Pico do Arreeiro is 1818 meters high and has a breathtaking view.
If you haven’t planned your trip to Madeira yet, contact us and find out everything about our unmissable itinerary!