The Island of Madeira is the perfect place for a luxurious breakaway. The scenery is breathtaking as the island is also surrounded by glittering expanses of water and has lush and exotic forestry land. Many attractions center on this stunning scenery; you can enjoy strolling around the natural wonders or maybe even dive into the seas to see the spots that exist underwater.

Places to Visit

The Lido coastal promenade has become well known over the past few years as it has many facilities to offer its tourists. The extensive leisure zone is lined with palm trees and has borders of exotic foliage for you to stroll along. The promenade links up with the Praia Formosa beach and provides exquisite views across the water. There are also three swimming pools to visit along the seafront; these have children’s pools, sea access, sports activities, and snack bars.

You may also visit the Gardens of Madeira Island; the wide expanses of lawns and parks have been expertly maintained and exhibit the great natural beauty of the island. The garden won ‘European Flowering City 2000’, and the prestigious award truly reflects the breathtaking nature of the garden.

Natural Sights

The Volcanism Centre and Caves are located in the village of Sao Vicente on Madeira’s north coast. The audiovisual presentations of volcano eruptions and the island’s birth are a great way to learn about your destination. You may also visit the famous volcanoes and stroll around the beautiful gardens within the center’s grounds.

There are several protected areas to visit that showcase Madeira’s stunning natural beauty. The Laurissilva Forest occupies over 20% of the island and contains extremely dense forestry. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a great example of Portugal’s natural diversity as it hosts various animals and plants. Desertas Island’s Natural Reserve is also popular with tourists as the islands are the homeland of Portugal’s sea lions. The existing colony has a steadily growing population and is one the last remaining in the world. In addition, natural sights are abundant, such as the Garajau Reserve, Rocha does Navio Reserve, and Selvagens Islands Reserve.

Things To Do

Scuba diving has become an important tourist attraction within Madeira. The mild climates and crystal clear waters mean that the seas are perfect for seeing such creatures as barracudas, dolphins, and rays. In addition, there are several diving schools, and many tourists visit them annually to improve their scuba skills.

You can also spot underwater creatures on a whale and dolphin safari. The unique location of Madeira means an abundance of whales and dolphins pass by the island. There are many different species to see and a variety of sea birds to spot. The cable cars, which run through the city, are a great way to see sights on land. Several different tours can take you across many of Madeira’s attractions, including remote forestry and green land you can’t reach on foot.