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  • 1 Quinta das Cruzes Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Calçada do Pico 1

    Once the home of city founder Zarco, this quinta is now a decorative arts museum, exhibiting 16C Portuguese furniture, and 18C-19C English furniture. In the last room is a 15C Flemish reredos depicting the Nativity. The house sits in a botanical gard..

  • 2 Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Caminho da Quinta do Palheiro 32

    This vast establishment incorporating a hotel, smart restaurant and golf club sits in a fine English-style park traversed by avenues planted with camelias. Over 3 000 species feature, and it is pleasant to wander among its remarkable exotic trees and..

  • After pasing the church of São Martinho, there is a fine view from Pico dos Barcelos over Funchal, Santo António and São Martinho. By the River Socorridos, there is a good view of its gorge. Then the route heads into the valley (fine panorama of its ..

  • On this island tour, you will see Madeira's main attractions. This tour takes a minimum of one day, but really requires two if on foot, stopping, for example, at Santana.

  • 5 Miradouro do Pico do Arieiro Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens


    From the top of the same peak, 1818m above sea-level, at the end of the road, this belvedere offers a magnificent panoramic view over the massifs of the centre of the island. The crater site of Curral das Freiras, the top of the Torrinhas peak, and t..

  • 6 Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Built by the Knights of the Order of Christ in the late 15C, the sober façade is composed of contrasting bands of white, black and red stone. The apse, decorated with lacework balusters and twist pinnacles, is flanked by a stone crenellated steeple w..

  • 7 Frederico de Freitas House Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Calçada de Santa-Clara 7

    This 18C residence belonged in the 19C to the physician Frederico de Freitas and is now divided into two parts. The casa da Calçada houses a permanent exhibition of prints, drawings and watercolours depicting Madeira over the centuries. Its prosperou..

  • 8 Madeira's east coast Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    The east coast of Madeira is one of the sunniest, with a mild climate. The waterways which run down the mountain have formed ravines and small rias beside the villages. The often barren countryside bears signs of previous crops. The coastline changed..

  • 9 Miradouro do Pinaculo Interesting

    Nature and gardens


    Situated on the rocky promontory (pinaculo) this belvedere offers a magnificent view through its floral pergola over Funchal and the bottom of the bay and over the Girão cape. In the distance, you will notice the Islas Desertas.

  • On this very pleasant trip, you have superb panoramic views including Miradouro do Pico do Arieiro and Miradouro do Juncal and can visit villages including Ribeiro Frio and Santana.

  • 11 Miradouro do Juncal Interesting

    Nature and gardens


    A well-appointed path skirts the summit (1800m) and leads to a belvedere from where you have a beautiful view over the whole valley of the Ribeira da Metade which opens out at the bottom of Faial, near the curious rocky peak of Penha da Aguia, and on..

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