Pico do Arieiro

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Madeira is located just off the coast of Portugal and was first claimed by the Portuguese in 1419.  In 1420, the locals started to settle here and this marked the beginning of Madeira’s continued growth.  These days, Madeira is an extremely popular resort and it is also known for it’s palatable wines.  If you are fortunate enough to ring in the new year in Madeira, you will be witness to the largest fireworks display in the world (as per the 2006 Guinness World Records).  Depending on where you choose to stay in Madeira, the prices of Madeira hotels, apartments and bed and breakfast accommodation in Madeira can vary.  There are plenty of cheap hotels in Madeira and the best way to find where to stay in Madeira, and compare all of your options properly is by doing so online.

Most popular things to do in Madeira

One of the best ways to get around while enjoying the amazing scenery is by horseback.  Sign up for a trail and take in the views without tiring your legs out.  If you are a complete beginner or novice rider, the trail guides will ensure that your excursion is suited for your level of riding.  Experienced riders might get more of a thrill out of something a little bit more fast-paced and this can be arranged as well.

For some of the most amazing views in Madeira, tourists often choose to visit places like Ponta de Sao Lourenco in Funchal.  The contrast of the green slopes facing the deep blue sea is about as tranquil as it gets.  A full trip around the area will take you at least 3 to 4 hours.  Of course, you can enjoy a shorter trip if you are limited in the time department.

Visitors also enjoy a hike up Pico do Arieiro in Funchal and this can also keep everyone busy for a few hours.  Make sure that you take warm clothes just in case chilly weather rolls in.

Also in Funchal, you will find the Monte Palace Tropical Garden. If you enjoy the outdoors but you aren’t much of a hiker or climber, this is a great place to enjoy some green surroundings without too much physical effort.  You can even use the Monte Cable Car to get to the garden and visit other sites like the local church while in the area.

If you make your way from Funchal to Porto Moniz, you can spend several hours at the famous Lava Pools.  Do note that if the waters are rough, the pools might be closed.

Local sporting activities and more

Horseback riding and golf are both big in Madeira as is hiking and biking.  There are some stunning trails designed for hikers and bikers so, depending on your preference and abilities, you will have a few to choose from.  25 Fontes (Springs) and Cascada da Risco is a great forest hiking area and the waterfalls here are truly mesmerising.

There are also off road vehicle tours and diving tours available so everyone’s interests and preferences are fully catered for.

Another place worth visiting as a family is the Madeira Theme Park.  Here you will learn all about the local history and culture in a fun environment suitable for all ages. 

For some of the best shopping in Madeira, make sure that you visit the Workers’ Market (Mercado dos Lavradores) in Funchal.  You can find all sorts of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and even local crafts at this flea market.  Throughout Madeira you will also find interesting shops that offer everything from handmade glass beads to books, art and everything in between.