5 days in Madeira Itinerary

5 days in Madeira Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Madeira travel planner
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Porto Moniz
— 1 day
Drive
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Santana
— 1 night
Drive
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Funchal
— 1 night
Drive
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Curral das Freiras
— 1 night
Drive
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Calheta
— 1 night
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Porto Moniz — 1 day

Porto Moniz is a municipality in the northwest corner of the island of Madeira. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): meet some fierce fish with Madeira Nature Experience, then push the limits with OFFROAD Experience, and then explore the striking landscape at Piscinas Naturais Velhas.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Porto Moniz route builder tool.

Lisbon to Porto Moniz is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. When traveling from Lisbon in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Porto Moniz: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santana.
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Santana — 1 night

Santana, short form for Santa Ana is a municipality along the northern coast of the island of Madeira, in Portuguese archipelago of the same name. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Santana, look for all kinds of wild species at Levada Caldeirao do Inferno, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural da Rocha do Navio, and finally explore the ancient world of Ruinas de Sao Jorge.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santana trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Porto Moniz to Santana by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, daily temperatures in Santana can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Funchal.
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Funchal — 1 night

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 10th (Sun): kick back and relax at Praia dos Reis Magos, then kick back and relax at Praia de Garajau, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Funchal road trip app.

Getting from Santana to Funchal by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Curral das Freiras.
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Curral das Freiras — 1 night

On the 11th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Miradouros Do Paredao, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico Ruivo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vereda do Pico Ruivo, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Nuns.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Curral das Freiras trip planning app.

Curral das Freiras is just a short distance from Funchal. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Calheta.
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Calheta — 1 night

Calheta is a municipality on the southwest coast of Madeira, Portugal. On the 12th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Terapias Relaxantes, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Levada do Moinho, and finally trek along Pico Ruivo do Paul da Serra.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Calheta using our trip planner.

Getting from Curral das Freiras to Calheta by car takes about an hour. In July, daytime highs in Calheta are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Madeira travel guide

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Gardens · Geologic Formations · Mountains
Pearl of the Atlantic
Madeira, the largest island of the eponymous archipelago, serves as one of Portugal's top year-round holiday destinations. Although it draws a growing number of visitors, the island retains much of its relaxed atmosphere and provides an alternative vacation idea for travelers seeking a tropical paradise still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism. The capital city of Funchal, settled in the 15th century, attracts the biggest crowds and serves as a convenient stopover for trans-Atlantic cruise ships sailing from the Caribbean. When you get tired of exploring Fuchal's lively streets and beaches, hop on a boat tour of the archipelago for some whale watching or big game fishing.
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Camara De Lobos travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Outdoor Activities · Wineries & Vineyards
Nestled on the south-central coast of the island of Madeira, the tiny fishing village of Camara de Lobos once served as Winston Churchill's summer retreat. Long before he became a political leader, Churchill visited the little settlement to paint pictures of its colorful boats and fishermen's cottages. Today, visitors flock to the spot where he often set up his easel, marked by a commemorative plaque. Other notable places to visit include a rocky beach and sheltered harbor, where you can watch fishermen unloading their boats, or follow Churchill's example and try to capture on canvas the elusive sunset light.
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