Insider Tips - Madeira & Porto Santo

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Our top insider tips for Madeira & Porto Santo:

 

Music in Funchal

FNAC Funchal is a place for all music and book fans. The store has a wide range of Portuguese, Brazilian and international music, as well as a variety of music and cultural events on the stage of the café. Madeira Shopping | Caminho Santa Quitéria

 

Nuns' retreat

The cemetery of Curral das Freiras provides not only an interesting insight into Madeiran burial traditions, but also a spectacular view of the mountains around the Valley of the Nuns. There is a wonderful view of the lower valley and also a beautiful view from the higher ground viewing point of Eira do Serrado.

 

Snorkelers' paradise

When the beach of Porto Santo is too crowded, snorkelers go down to the remote rocky bay of Zimbralinho to find beautiful turquoise water and peace. It is the perfect place to swim and sunbathe undisturbed, even in the peak season. The bay of Zimbralinho can only be reached by walking from the little pass near Morenos.

 

Enchanting garden

Monte Palace is a tropical garden and a place for art. In addition to a host of laurel trees, palms and ferns, the garden is filled with works of art, ponds with koi carp, Buddha statues and oriental gateways. And if that’s not enough, visitors can admire the largest vase ever to have been made on a potter’s wheel – it stands on the banks of the swan pond. Daily 9.30am–6pm | Admission 10 euros | Caminho das Babosas 4 

 

Sail to a desert island

On a day trip to the uninhabited nature reserve of the Ilhas Desertas you can spot sea birds, dolphins, whales and sometimes even monk seals. Book your trip with Ventura (Funchal marina) | Tel. 2 91 28 00 33

 

A view of Madeira

A bird’s eye view of the island is an unforgettable experience. Take off from the Paragliding Center in Arco da Calheta and see all of Madeira from the sky. Amateur pilots can also use the landing strip and private aircraft flights are also available. Rua Achada de Santo Antão 199 | Mobile Tel. 9 64 13 39 07

 

The old market hall

Café Mercado Velho by the old fountain in Machico is renowned for its delicious food. The restaurant is situated in front of the old market hall and is surrounded by historical buildings. It is particularly recommended for lunch and for coffee and cake in the afternoon. Rua do Mercado | Tel. 2 91 96 59 26 | Moderate 

 

Horse riding tour on the beach

Discover the picturesque hills and beaches of Porto Santo on horseback. Centro Hipico offer riding tours for both experts and beginners and also run horse riding classes. Sítio da Ponta | Tel. 2 91 98 32 58

 

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