Madeira Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Madeira - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Adegas de São Francisco

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

The St. Francis Wine Lodge takes its original name from the convent that once stood on this site. Today the operation is owned by the...

Antiga Alfândega

  • Government Building

The stately Old Customs House is home to Madeira's parliament (closed to the public). From here deputies govern the island, which is...

Aquário da Madeira

  • Zoo/Aquarium

Here, you'll find a small and somewhat uninspiring aquarium built into a mock fort that displays the fish and sea creatures native to...

Cabo Girão

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

At 1,900 feet, Cabo Girão is on one of the highest sea cliffs in the world, and a new observation platform—with a clear glass bottom...

Calheta Point

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Just below Pico das Flores lies Calheta Point ( Ponta de Calheta ), where the café-restaurant, O Calhetas, marks the western extremity...

Casa Museu Frederico de Freitas

  • Museum/Gallery

This delightful museum has been renovated in the style of a 19th-century quinta, inside the attractive 18th-century Casa Calçada. Inside...

Casa das Mudas

  • Museum/Gallery

Dramatically situated on a clifftop just outside Calheta, Casa das Mudas is the unlikely setting for one of Madeira's leading art galleries...

Casa de Cristóvão Colombo

  • Museum/Gallery

This museum is housed in the old governor's house, where Columbus himself once lived. Inside, lithographs illustrate the life of Columbus.

Centro de Ciência Viva

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The center holds science-related temporary exhibits. Primarily aimed at locals, so not always with English labeling, the exhibits can...

Convento de Santa Clara

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Inside the working seventeenth-century Santa Clara Convent (ring for entry), the painted wood walls and the ceiling are lined with ceramic...