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  • 1. Blandy's Wine Lodge


    The Blandy family has been making Madeira wine for more than 200 years. At Blandy's Wine Lodge, visitors can hear how the wine is made, visit...Read More

  • 2. Cabo Girão


    At 1,900 feet, Cabo Girão is on one of the highest sea cliffs in the world, and the observation platform—with a clear glass floor so you can...Read More

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  • 3. Carreiros do Monte


    The village of Monte is home to one of Madeira's oldest and most eccentric attractions: a snowless sled ride down the mountain. The toboggan...Read More

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  • 4. Eira do Serrado


    About 16 km (10 miles) northwest of Funchal, this miradouro (viewpoint) overlooks the Grande Curral, once thought to be the crater of a long...Read More

  • 5. Fundacao Livraria Esperança


    This amazing bookshop is one of the oldest and largest in Portugal. As you walk through the twisting corridors over three different floors,...Read More

  • 6. Mercado dos Lavradores

    Notable Building

    This vast art deco building will delight architecture buffs, while the interior is a riot of colors and scents. In the center patio of the market...Read More

  • 7. Miradouros do Paredão


    For a spot with such impressive views, it's remarkable how few people visit the scenic overlooks at Miradouros do Paredão. One side overlooks...Read More

  • 8. Monte Palace Tropical Garden


    This colorful garden is known around the world, and for good reason. Tiled panels recall the adventures of Portuguese explorers, pagodas and...Read More

  • 9. Pico do Arieiro


    At 5,963 feet, this is one of Madeira's highest mountains. On your way here, you'll travel over a barren plain above the tree line: watch for...Read More

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  • 10. Piscinas Naturais do Porto Moniz


    Though not a beach per se, the otherworldly natural sea pools in Porto Moniz are one of the most popular sites in Madeira, with children and...Read More

  • 11. Praia da Fontinha


    The closest beach to the town of Vila Baleira is family-friendly Praia da Fontinha, which offers soft, clean white sand and calm, warm waters...Read More

  • 12. Rua de Santa Maria


    This narrow alley of Santa Maria in Funchal's Old Town is worth walking down for the atmosphere alone: diners eat at small sidewalk cafés, restaurant...Read More

  • 13. Teleférico da Madeira

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The sleek, Austrian-engineered cable car service has 39 cars that travel from Funchal's waterfront up to Monte at 1,804 feet above sea level...Read More

  • 14. Teleférico da Rocha do Navio


    This tiny cable car takes visitors down to the nature reserve of Fajã da Rocha do Navio, tucked away a stone's throw from the shore. The five...Read More

  • 15. Teleférico das Achadas da Cruz

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    About 12 km (7 miles) south of Porto Moniz is the Achadas da Cruz cable car—an engineering marvel that transports visitors down the almost vertical...Read More

  • 16. Casa das Mudas


    On a cliff top just outside Calheta, Casa das Mudas is the unlikely setting for one of Madeira's leading art galleries. The museum is split...Read More

  • 17. Casa de Cristóvão Colombo

    Historic Home

    In his former home, this small museum is dedicated to the life of explorer Christopher Columbus. You can visit his restored kitchen and bedroom...Read More

  • 18. Casa-Museu Frederico de Freitas


    This delightful rose-colored museum has been renovated in the style of a 19th-century quinta (country estate). You can find antique furniture...Read More

  • 19. Convento de Santa Clara

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Inside the working 17th-century Santa Clara Convent, the painted wood walls and ceiling are lined with ceramic tiles, giving the sanctuary a...Read More

  • 20. Engenhos da Calheta


    Dating back to the 19th century, this working sugar cane factory is at its liveliest in April and May, right after the harvest that leaves a...Read More

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