5 Interesting Places To Visit in Madeira, Portugal

Sunshine all year round, great wine, well-known gastronomy, and breathtaking nature are just a few words that can describe this gem in the Atlantic Ocean. Madeira is one of the most beautiful islands on the planet, sometimes even compared to Hawaii it attracts more than one million tourists every year. There is definitely a lot to do on the island, but let’s try to break it down to 5 interesting places you can visit in Madeira, Portugal.

Traditional Scabbard Fish /Espada with banana garnish

Cristiano Ronaldo Museum

Let’s start with a museum dedicated to Cristiano Ronaldo and his greatness. After all, Madeira island is the birthplace of the iconic football player.

The museum was opened on 15 December 2013 and is located in the city of Funchal, below the Pestana CR7 hotel.

You will be welcomed by the bronze statue of Cristiano Ronaldo on the outside made by the Brazilian-born sculptor Ricardo Velosa. The museum hosts more than one hundred trophies, all from the youth and professional career of Cristiano Ronaldo. Other exhibits include life-size mannequins, photographs, and videos of the Ronaldo’s career.

Christiano Ronaldo Museum, Funchal
Christiano Ronaldo Museum, Funchal

Monte Palace Tropical Garden

Occupying 70,000 square meters, the masterpiece of its own, Monte Palace Tropical Garden will offer you tranquillity filled stay. Also located in Funchal, it hosts more than the eyes can see.

A great mixture of Chinese and Japanese cultural elements with the Buddha statues and mythological animals will unveil a spectacular world of nature.

You will find a vast collection of exotic plants from all over the world alongside with ducks and swans swimming around in the central lake. You can also visit The Monte Palace Museum where you will discover amazing expositions and exhibitions with thousands of African sculptures and hundreds of unique minerals from all over the world.

Monte Palace Tropical Garden, Funchal

Cristo Rei Viewpoint

Madeira is full of scenic and breathtaking views and Cristo Rei Viewpoint is one of them. Known as Ponta do Garajau, you will be greeted by a statue of Cristo Rei de Garajau made by Georges Sarraz back in 1927.

After checking out the statue, you will find the magical pathway on the left, that will lead you right into the ocean, or at least it will feel like that! Start walking all the way down and witness how the Atlantic Ocean opens up beneath your feet and before your eyes.

Cristo Rei View Point, Madeira

Porto Santo

Called as the golden island. A small island located 43 kilometres northeast of Madeira. It has amazing, spotless clean nine kilometres soft & golden sand beach with crystal clear water. It’s never crowded so it makes the perfect place for a relaxing day. Must visit place!

Getting to Porto Santo:

  1. Aircraft from Funchal airport to Porto Santo.
  2. Ferry – Porto Santo Line (Lobo Marinho) from Funchal ferry port.
Porto Santo beach

Camara De Lobos

Camara De Lobos is a traditional fishing village and situated very close to the previous attractions such as Cabo Girao Cliff.

Escape the capital Funchal for a moment to enjoy a picturesque small town with a lovely atmosphere. Stroll around the cobblestone streets and watch how the colorful fishing boats, palm trees, and historical center assemble perfect pictures for you. If you are looking for something extra, try a traditional drink Poncha in one of the taverns.

Camara de Lobos
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Accommodation

I stayed in the “Studio Madeira” apartment in Canico. Affordable price, beautiful view from the balcony, fully equipped kitchen, comfortable bed, tv and wifi. Very close to the local shops and restaurants. Bus stop located just around the corner.

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