Things to do in Madeira

Top Things to Do in Madeira

Things to Do in Madeira

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  • tangek
    London, UK323 contributions
    We parked at the lower lot designated for hikers. The top lot is meant for brief visits under an hour. The walkway to the starting point is not well illustrated from the bottom, so you may end up walking on the road.

    The visitor center at Pico do Arieiro has a clean toilet for 50 cents per person, and a cafe and souvenir shop. We stopped off before beginning the hike, and our plan was to do a round trip to Pico Ruivo and back. All in all, it took us about 7 hours, including a 45 min rest at the cafe/toilets near Pico Ruivo. We are 2 adults and a teenager. The path for this hike is clear and does not require advanced technical gear. However, the hike is strenuous, and other than one family with small children, everyone else we saw that day were teenagers or older.

    The path has significant ascents and descents, some on stone stairs, and some on medal stairs close to ladders in steepness. Most of the path was on dirt or stones. Part of the hike is in the shade, but much of it is in the open sun so suncream is essential. The path traverses multiple tunnels, some of which are long enough that light cannot pass through, so a torch is necessary. One tunnel had a wet floor, so the light was particularly important to avoid stepping in deep puddles or slipping.

    The cafe near Pico Ruivo is staffed by people who hike there each day, with no car access, so you need to carry your own rubbish away. You can buy drinks and small snacks, and they do accept credit cards. There was just one working toilet and quite a queue for it. There was also one sink with running water. People were refilling bottles, although not clear if it was meant to be drinking water. At one point, the tap ran dry, and needed 30 min to refill the cistern to begin pumping water again.

    If you reach that cafe and consider turning around before the final climb to Pico Ruivo, do not turn around!! The view from Pico Ruivo is a 360-degree view of the mountains including Nun's Valley, and was the highlight of the day. Totally worth the extra effort to get there.

    On the way out, we saw many people on the hike. On the way back, there were relatively few people. Many of them must have made arrangements to be picked up on the other side, so just walked one way.

    We were exhausted the next day after this epic hike, but the views were well worth the effort. Bring a hat, suncream, a torch, snacks, and lots and lots of water.
    Written 14 August 2022
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  • Tinus39m
    Houten, The Netherlands104 contributions
    nice hiking trails - must visit
    long walk, to quite a nice waterfall. nice levadas!
    there is a large parking spot at the top, come early, it's a crowded place, beware of cows, they walk on the roads.
    Written 27 July 2022
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  • umski14
    Epsom, UK163 contributions
    Spectacular gardens! So many beautiful flowers, water features, artwork, garden designs..truly magnificent..we loved the oriental garden the most. We had a lovely day there and were grateful for the little car to take us back up to the top at the end..
    Written 14 August 2022
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  • WYorks
    Bolton, UK10 contributions
    This was an exciting experience! I am scared of heights, but was fine with the cable cars as they felt stable. The views were stunning. Once in Monte, we saw the taboggans going down, which was a great sight. We visited the cathedral and palace and had some churros from a food stall. Worth the money and would recommend.
    Written 14 August 2022
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  • Charliemakes5
    Dublin, Ireland187 contributions
    We did the shorter P1.2 hike. Its 2.8k to the top. Took us about an hour and 10 mins each way at a slow pace with stops. We arrived at 8.30am, perfect time to avoid heat and crowds. The hike is mostly made up of paths and steps, so probably suitable for most walkers.
    I'd advise to bring water, wear suncream and wear a hat... you're above the clouds so the sun is beating down on you.

    The views are fantastic and so worth the walk. Highly recommend 👌
    Written 21 July 2022
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  • Daniela
    Bucharest, Romania1 contribution
    We had the tour with fruit tasting with Fatima and it was amazing, I would call it the highlight of our Madeira holiday. Fatima told us a lot about the history of the island and of the farm, we learned much more from her than from all our tourist brochures. The tour was both very informative and also relaxed, you could feel yourself immersed in the sheer beauty of everything around. It is a magic place and I cannot recommend it highly enough for all that it offers. The fruit tasting at the end was also great, we tasted fruit that we did not know it even exist, everything fresh and delicious.
    After the fruit tasting we had lunch and we chose some dishes prepared with vegetables and fruit from their garden, the food was very tasty and the service very friendly and fast. Of course, we also enjoyed the beach in front of the restaurant, the water was crystal clear, calm and warmer than on other beaches we visited on the island.
    Written 2 August 2022
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  • Gennady K
    6 contributions
    Made betwen the real lava banks, carefully cleaned, equipped and maintained inside. The pool filled with the real Atlantic Ocean water with no danger to swim in the Ocen itself. The posibility to rent the sunbeds and sun umbrellas (may be this year a bit too expensive), the clothes changing rooms, clean toilets and shower rooms, with the Beqch Bar on the territory. The Salvage supervisors are at their place during the working hours. Magnificient experience to be washed away by the ocean wave from the Pool's fence in to the Pool - the most popular entertainment for children and adults.
    Written 3 August 2022
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  • Jacki51
    Cambridge, UK149 contributions
    We took the little green train up and back from Camara de Lobos, which was a delightful experience in itself. The viewing platform isn't huge but so high that looking straight down could be quite flightening for those who dislike heights especially since they are standing on glass. Absolutely amazing views along the coast and I doubt it is ever busy unless a coach load of tourists decend at the same time simply because you do not need a great deal of time there to appreciate the views. The platform is a short walk from the carpark. There are shops/cafes at the beginning but it is free to use the viewing platform. We didn't shop for stop for a drink as we were catching the little green train back.
    Written 12 August 2022
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  • Silvia Antunes
    Lisbon, Portugal25 contributions

    It was a beautiful walk. The difficulty level is low, the path is very well protected, not recommended for children. We passed through 3 caves, but they are easy to go through, it is advisable to take a flashlight or use the light of the cell phone. As the path is wet, it is necessary to pay attention to the shoes not to slip.
    Written 4 July 2022
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  • Mahed
    Frankfurt, Germany2 contributions
    Its a perfect and fresh levada to make on the very hot days on Madera, I definitly recomend it! You wont regret!
    Written 31 May 2022
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  • Jacki51
    Cambridge, UK149 contributions
    We really wanted to walk a lavada whilst in Madeira but I'd had an operation on my knee so had to be careful. We, therefore, picked this easy walk of about 3km that end at a viewing platform with magnificent views of the mountains on the opposite side of the valley along with sea views of the north coast. You can also feed the local birds; some will feed from your hand. We'd hired a taxi for the day. He dropped us off in Ribeiro Frio and I've never seen so many cars/coaches in such a small town but there is another more difficult walk going from this town also. About halfway along the track there is a small cafe. On the way back we played Pooh Sticks where the lavada seemed straight enough to follow their progress. It is a fair drive from Funchal for such a short walk but thoroughly enjoyable.
    Written 24 July 2022
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  • Elcbee
    274 contributions
    It's cooler in the gardens - lots of places to sit and picnic or have a coffee or an ice cream just enjoy the views.
    Written 20 July 2022
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  • Joanna M
    84 contributions
    A beach with the most exciting view in the whole island. It is not sheltered so not the safest but definitely a fun!
    Written 15 June 2022
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  • morganw183
    Bradford-on-Avon, UK23 contributions
    This is a very English type garden which is also called Blandys Garden, with a lot of native flowers.
    Catch a 36 or 37 bus from near the cable car for 3 euros each way. Entry to the garden is 10 euros each.
    A little bit hilly in places but well worth it with a fabulous viewpoint of Funchal in the distance.
    There is a small cafe and toilets and is a good half a day out.
    Written 10 August 2022
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  • @hannnnnni
    Rome, Italy18 contributions
    Great intermediate hike! Amazing views. I would not describe it dangerous but I'd recommend not to bring small kids there. Last part of the trail (to the last hill) was closed but most people still did it, I thought it was ok with proper shoes. I was happy wearing hiking boots and a lot of sunscreen.
    Written 28 July 2022
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