Five must-sees’ in and around Funchal
Madeira may be a small speck in the Atlantic, but this little island is big on unforgettable experiences. Straddling Europe and North Africa, it’s a place of beautiful botanical gardens, rugged landscapes, superb hotels, and dizzying levadas. Whether you’re seeking wildlife or nightlife, the island’s vibrant capital, Funchal, puts everything within easy reach.
At just twice the size of the Isle of Wight, you can cross the whole of Madeira in a few hours. In fact, it’s one of the few places in the world where you can drive from pineapple-growing gardens to snowy peaks in just 15 minutes. But, with so much diversity to choose from, where do you begin? Here’s our guide to Madeira’s definitive experiences from sky to sea, and shore to snow.