16 days in Madeira Islands Itinerary

16 days in Madeira Islands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Madeira Islands planner
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Funchal, Madeira
— 2 nights
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Ponta Do Sol, Madeira
— 5 nights
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Sao Vicente, Madeira
— 5 nights
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Funchal, Madeira
— 2 nights
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Funchal, Madeira — 2 nights

The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Quinta Magnolia Gardens and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Funchal journey builder site.

Bucharest, Romania to Funchal is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Bucharest in October, expect nights in Funchal to be much hotter, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Mon) before leaving for Ponta Do Sol.
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Ponta Do Sol, Madeira — 5 nights

Ponta do Sol is a municipality in the southwestern coast of the island of Madeira, in the archipelago of Madeira. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pico Ruivo and Ponta do Sol Beach. Step out of the city life by going to 25 Fontes Falls and Calhau Da Lapa. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Cascata dos Anjos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Bento, trek along Levada do Moinho, and stroll through Levada do Paul da Serra.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Ponta Do Sol sightseeing planning website.

Ponta Do Sol is just a short distance from Funchal. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel to Sao Vicente.
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Sao Vicente, Madeira — 5 nights

São Vicente is a municipality along the north-west coast of the island of Madeira.HistoryThe first human visitors to São Vicente appeared in the middle of the 15th century, colonizing the area much later than the settlers in the southern part of the island, owing to its fertility. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Levada Ribeira de Janela and PR16 Levada Faja do Rodrigues. Get in touch with nature at Laurissilva Forest and Piscinas Naturais Velhas. Explore Sao Vicente's surroundings by going to Porto Moniz (Aqua Natura Spa & Madeira Nature Experience), Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela (in Ribeira da Janela) and Reserva Natural da Rocha do Navio (in Santana). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Sao Vicente Caves, stroll through Levada dos Cedros, take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Beira da Quinta, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim das Plantas Indigenas da Madeira.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sao Vicente route builder site.

Sao Vicente is just a stone's throw from Ponta Do Sol. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Funchal.
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Funchal, Madeira — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Caravel Art Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Madeira Sidecar Tours, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Pico do Arieiro, take some stellar pictures from Balcoes de Ribeiro Frio, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Da Nossa Senhora Da Conceicao, then hike along Miradouro da Ponta do Rosto, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Prainha do Canical.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Funchal trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sao Vicente to Funchal takes an hour. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Madeira Islands travel guide

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Gardens · Geologic Formations · Mountains
A feast for the senses, the subtropical paradise of Madeira Islands draws nearly a million visitors annually. This Atlantic archipelago, known to many as the "Islands of Eternal Spring," lies some 850 km (530 mi) southwest of the Portuguese mainland. Volcanic in origin, the islands feature dense pine and laurel forests and richly cultivated mountain slopes. The two populated islands boast an extensive network of irrigation channels, bringing much-needed fresh water to the coastal farms and resorts. Hiking trails following these water channels make even the remotest areas accessible, beckoning to adventurous trekkers and impassioned nature lovers. Base your holiday in the city of Funchal, the archipelago's capital and biggest city.
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