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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 22, 2015
Monte Tropical Garden or/and Botanical Garden in Funchal ?  (2 Answers)

I'll write my questions below, to be more organized, I know I do ask a lot :)

1. Can you please help me decide which one to visit? I'm not sure if I have the time for both of them.
2. But if I do have the time, which one to visit first?
3. Is there a logical and more efficient way to visit both gardens? I read that for Monte I should go up with the cable car and then if I choose a toboggan ride on my way down how do I get to the Botanical Garden again from the end of the toboggan ride?
4. If I visit them both, do I still have time for other activities in the city, like visiting the marina, wandering in the old town etc?

Many thanks,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2015
What tours and levadas should I take?  (1 Answer)


I'm spending my summer holiday in Madeira, between 25th of August-01st of September. I read about the tours and levadas and I would like you to give some advice: is it ok/ worth it to make all the full day tours (East, West, North, West)? And what half day levadas would you recommend? Not interested in being an easy path but a beautiful one.

Many thanks,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 03, 2013
permission to visit Salvagem grande  (1 Answer)

Dear sir,
Could you give me the contact details to visit the salvagems grande by private yacht, leaving from Lanzaroti.
best regards
chris painting

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 21, 2012
Two weeks on Madeira in February  (4 Answers)

we are (3 people, not more young) going to visit Madeira from 31.01-14.02, renting a car from aeroport. The idea is (maybe wrong??) to spend first 4 days in Porto Moniz, then move to Calheta and the second week - in Canico. The question: should we rent a car for the whole 2 weeks? I know, it is a lot to see in Funchal and suburbs, - maybe it would be better to do without a car, using the buses, without parking problems?
I am also not sure, that we need three places to stay... maybe it'd be enough to stay one week in Calheta and one in Canico... but the photos from Porto Moniz are so fascinating, - I fell in love with this village from the first moment.
We'll be very grateful for every advice!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 13, 2012
Cruise stop In Funchal  (3 Answers)

Our cruise ship will make an 8am - 5pm stop at Funchal on Saturday, April 21. We would like to make the best of our time here. The cruise excursions are not always good. Can anyone suggest the best way for us to spend our day? Should we be sure to plan on the cable car? Is there a beach area? Is the hop-on-hop-off bus worthwhile? What would we expect the temperatures to be?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 16, 2011
For residents of Madeira: Are vaccinations mandatory or voluntary?  (4 Answers)

Thinking of relocating to Madeira. We have one child who is vaccine-free. Does anyone know if Portugal/Madeira offers a choice to vaccinate or not? I have read that you are free to choose in Portugal. Is this right?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 03, 2010
Raga hotel?  (1 Answer)

Someone can told me something more about hotel Raga?

I will go in November.

Or is better to stay in Hotel orca praia?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 28, 2010
Tropical Aparthotel. Canico  (2 Answers)

I wish to hire a car while I am in Madeira. Is there parking available at this hotel and at what cost.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 27, 2010
Situation of levadas after February floods

Hello, does anybody here know if the levada Caldeirao Verde and the levada do Furado are still closed? I wonder also if the track from Boca Corrida to Encumeada is all closed or it is possible to do it at least partially. I mean if it is possible to go at least from Boca Corrida to Pico Grande and back. I checked the official website of the Madeiran Tourist Office and the last update concerning the levadas is more than 1 month old. I will appreciaty any new information of any walks in Madeira, the official website has information only about some levadas and dating from 10/03/2010. Thanks to everybody, P

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 19, 2009

Dear VT.members,
I'll be in Madeira next May, basically for walk around levadas. Any experience or suggestion that you can give me will be welcome. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2009
Visiting Madeira in April  (4 Answers)

Dear all,
My GF and me are planning to visit Madeira in April, we have few questions for us to plan this trip:

1. The climate indicated in different web sites differ widely, some indicate that the temperature in average is 22 and in some other it is 17, so if anyone knows about the temperature in Madeira during the second half of April please advice.
2. Is the temperature difference very big from the North of the island and the south?
3. Did anyone stay in rural accommodations in Madeira? Does anyone know any reviews about the following places:
- Casa Tia Clementina in Santana.
- Casa das vidieras in Seixal.
- Casa do Papagaio Verde in Sao Martinho.
4. How is the public transport facilities, from and to Sao Martinho/ Funchal/ Faial/ Santana. Is it recommended to rent a car? I heard it is very dangerous to drive there.
5. What would be the most recommended hikes: Rabacal? Nuns valley? Pico Ruivo? Pico do Arieiro?
6. Is it worth going to Porto Santo or are there any beaches in Madeira, we read that there are only puble/stone beaches.
7. Any further recommendations on the top spots to visit and things to do.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 13, 2008
around madeira island by car (time needed)  (5 Answers)

i'll be visiting madeira in the beginning of december and will be staying in funchal.
i thought of renting a car and drive around the island coast. can someone tell me how much time would a round trip like that take(i tend to stop quite a lot to take photos, so i'm wondering if one day is enough)?
and another day perhaps for the "hilly" area?
i'm really confused about the size of the area... so any help is wellcome :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 05, 2008
Onde ficar em Novembro 2008  (1 Answer)

Boa tarde.

Estou a planear uma visita a ilha da madeira em novembro deste ano.

Como será a minha primeira vez nesta ilha, preciso de uns conselhos.

Irei apanhar o avião em lisboa e irá aterrar no funchal.

Quais são os melhores e mais baratos locais ( Tipo hoteis de 3 estrelas) para ficar durante 3/4 noites?



Good afternoon.

I am planning a visit to Madeira island in November this year.

Since this will be my first time on this island, i need some advice.

I will departure from lisboa and will arrive in funchal.

What are the best and cheapest places to stay during 3 / 4 nights? (maybe 3 stars hotels)

Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 01, 2008
need a flat on Madeira in feb  (2 Answers)


We're a couple planning a trip to Madeira this February, abt 7 days. We are now looking for a flat to rent not far from the seaside.

The part of Madeira doesn't matter as long as there is a nice beach around!

Contact me via email: anna (at)

Best regards,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 11, 2006
October in Madeira  (3 Answers)

Is it too cold to swim in the sea in October?
Any beaches in Funchal?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2006
Accomodation for 5 months in Funchal for student

I am looking for accomodation: room or cheap flat (preferably with internet, in the centre of Funchal or close to the University) for 5 months from March to July this year. My e-mail: [email].

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 10, 2005
Carneval 2005

Please, could someone tell me names of the songs that played in this years carneval in February 5th(´05).
It was very memorable event and I hope I will someday see it again.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 06, 2005
Funchal Muggings?

Discovery Walking Guides rport that they have withdrawn some of their recommended walks in east and west Funchal due to Muggings.
Does anyone have any more information on this?

"For 35 Madeira Walks we are dropping some of the routes from our current Madeira (Funchal & Machico) Walking Guide. Urban crime problems with muggings of tourists means that we are dropping any routes going through problem urban areas, so out go Walks 1, 2, 3, 4, and 4A in western Funchal plus 10 in eastern Funchal. "

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 24, 2005

Do you think it is easy to find a cheap accomodation in Funchal from 18 of june to 25?

Are there at the airport of Funchal a travel office where they can book an accomodation for you?

What about private rooms in Funchal?

Thank you for your replies.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 12, 2005
Car purchase

Can anyone give me some web sites to lookat buying a car in Madeira or bringing one in from mainland portugal?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 13, 2004
Cheap flights to Madeira  (3 Answers)

Hi ! How cheapest get to Madeira from Berlin ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2004
villa in funchal  (1 Answer)

would like to rent a villa in july or august in or near funchal. walking distance to downtown preferable. Quiet place with view. For 1 to 2 persons. With swimming-pool.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2004
Madeira Villas to rent

Hi guys! I really need your help I am planning to go to Madeira in July with my husband and a couple of friend and we would really like to rent a villa or something similar with a swiming pool , do u know by any chance how can i find a place where they rent villas in Madeira?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 28, 2003
Help for some teenagers!  (4 Answers)

My son, his friend and their girlfriends have booked a holiday in Madeira for a week in February. They are all 18 years old. I'm not sure what research they did, but I think they were influenced by the chance of free accommodation at a friend's holiday home. I never thought of Madeira as somewhere that would have much of a nightlife for his age group. Is it legal to drink in Madeira at 18? Where are the best places for nightlife?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 20, 2003
Coming to Madeira?

Will you visit Madeira the next month? If you need any help please contact me! I will be in Porto Santo for 10 days also!

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