Madeira hikes: The Royal Trail of Levada do Rei (PR18)

The Levada do Rei is an excellent medium-length hike that takes you through lush Laurissilva forests. Despite its incredible natural beauty, it’s ...

Hiking

Madeira hikes: Into the Levada of the Green Cauldron (PR9)

The PR9 has one of the most enticing names of all the hikes in Madeira. The Caldeirão Verde (meaning green cauldron) refers ...

Hiking

Villages of Madeira: Rum & surf in Porto da Cruz

Tucked beside the impressive mountain known as the Eagle’s Nest (Penha de Águia) and situated at the end of a long volcanic ...

Villages

Our 5 favourite museums in Madeira

Madeira doesn’t have any large museums and isn’t necessarily known as a museum destination (we’re not exactly in London or Paris here), ...

Travel Tips

The 5 must-do things in Funchal (plus 15 nice-to-do’s)

The city of Funchal (pronounced foon – shawl) is the logical starting point for any trip to Madeira. While the old center ...

Travel Tips

10 of the best beaches & natural pools in Madeira 

Being closer to Morocco than to mainland Portugal, Madeira’s sub-tropical climate lends itself well to some beach time. However, there are some ...

Travel Tips

How to experience the enchanted misty forest of Fanal

Fanal is one of the truly magical locations in Madeira. This ancient laurel forest in the northwest of the island is regularly ...

Hiking

Is Madeira only for pensioners?

Madeira has long had a reputation as a destination appealing to older tourists, particularly from the UK and Germany. If you’re in ...

Travel Tips

Cost of travel in Madeira: how to budget your trip

To give you an idea of how much a trip to Madeira might cost, we kept daily track of our expenses during ...

Travel Tips

Do you really need a car in Madeira?

One of the most asked questions about Madeira is whether you need a car to explore it. The answer is yes and ...

Travel Tips,  Road Trips