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a VirtualTourist member asked on Apr 3, 2014

Madeira Island

Day Trips from Funchal

Hi I'm staying in Funchal and would like to know where is the best part of the Island to visit ie North, South, East or West Thanks

7 Answers

answered on 4/3/14 by
claus andersen from Denmark

Well you have nice things to see in all directions, but should I chose then I would opt for the west and the north and do not forget the central part of the islands where you have high mountains and really scenic nature.

You also have to make up your mind with what kinda transportation you want to use.
If you rent a car then you can pretty much go everywhere but if you rely on public transport then it takes careful planning to visit the northern and central part as you do not have that many busses running there.

Easy daytrips with public transport would be to places like Monte and Camara de Lobos or mabye the old capital Machico.
These towns are served very well with public busses from Funchal.
The bus station is down by the harbour by the way, next to the cable car that goes up to Monte.

If you rent a car then I would highly recommend a trip out west and then north with stops in places like Camara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, Cabo Girao, Paul da Serra and Porto Moniz.

answered on 4/3/14 by
a VT member from Manhattan Island

From my own experience with Madeira, practically the entire island is worth experiencing/visiting.

Get on the public bus and go everywhere or go with a small group on a tour preferably with a knowledgeable local guide and you'll be perfectly set.

answered on 4/3/14 by
a VT member


answered on 4/3/14 by
a VT member

Thank you [VT member 36ade], really good info

answered on 4/4/14 by
a VT member from Manhattan Island

Our pleasure to be able to share some general info. I meant to tell you as well...that if you're into good hiking and up on the hills and Madeira's marvelous mountains, the best to my experience is the mountain path following the ancient levadas which from any vantage point the views are simply spectacular! Get details and advice from the tourist office in Funchal with free maps and if you want to do it with a guide. Easy and safe definitely doing it on your own. I did it.

answered on 4/4/14 by
a VT member

I was planning on doing some walking so thank you!

answered on 4/5/14 by
claus andersen from Denmark

Walking is very good on Madeira, espcially on the levadas.
Just be ware that the levadas can have very steep drops so you should not be afraid of heights if you go lavada walking.
You have levada tours being done by professional guides with small groups you can join if you like.

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