Explore Portugal - A Trip to Paradise also known as Madeira!

During this month, I have seen many of you traveling to Madeira, Portugal's hidden gem. Summer has come early to this island! From stunning natural landscapes to delicious cuisine, Madeira has it all. To help you make the most of your trip, we have put together the ultimate guide to visiting Madeira. So, get ready to experience the best of this Portuguese paradise!


 things to visit  

Things to Visit:

  1. Pico do Arieiro - This peak is the third highest on the island and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
  2. Funchal - The capital city of Madeira is known for its charming old town, colorful markets, and excellent restaurants.
  3. Cabo Girão - This sea cliff is the second highest in the world and offers breathtaking views of the ocean.
  4. Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools - These natural saltwater pools are perfect for a refreshing swim on a hot day.
  5. Monte Palace Tropical Garden - This lush botanical garden is filled with exotic plants, sculptures, and waterfalls.
  6. Funchal Old Town - Take a stroll through the charming and historic Old Town of Funchal, with its narrow streets, colorful buildings, and quaint squares.
  7. São Vicente Caves - Explore the underground world of São Vicente Caves, where you can see impressive lava tubes, crystal-clear lakes, and unique rock formations.
  8. Pico do Arieiro - Hike to the top of Pico do Arieiro, the third-highest peak in Madeira, and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the island.
  9. Santana - Visit the traditional village of Santana, known for its triangular-shaped houses with thatched roofs, and learn about Madeira's rich cultural heritage.
  10. Jardim Tropical Monte Palace - Wander through the lush gardens of the Monte Palace, with its exotic flora, tranquil ponds, and stunning tilework.
  11. Porto Moniz Natural Pools - Take a dip in the natural swimming pools of Porto Moniz, formed by volcanic rocks and surrounded by stunning ocean views.
  12. Ponta de São Lourenço - Hike along the rugged cliffs and stunning coastline of Ponta de São Lourenço, and experience the natural beauty of Madeira up close.


foods to try

Foods to Try:

  1. Espetada - This traditional Madeiran dish consists of skewered meat, usually beef or pork, marinated in garlic and bay leaves and grilled over an open flame.
  2. Bolo do Caco - This round, flat bread is typically served with garlic butter and is a staple of Madeiran cuisine.
  3. Lapas - These grilled limpets are a popular seafood dish in Madeira and are often served with garlic and butter.
  4. Black Scabbard Fish - This deep-sea fish is a specialty of Madeiran cuisine and is often served with banana and passionfruit.

Places to Eat:

  1. Mercado dos Lavradores - This historic market in Funchal is known for its fresh produce, seafood, and traditional Madeiran food.
  2. O Celeiro - This family-run restaurant in Funchal serves authentic Madeiran dishes like espetada (meat skewers) and bolo do caco (a type of bread).
  3. Restaurante Do Forte - This restaurant in the town of Câmara de Lobos offers stunning views of the sea and serves delicious seafood dishes.
  4. Taberna Ruel - This cozy restaurant in Funchal is known for its tasty tapas and friendly atmosphere.
  5. O Tapassol - This restaurant in the town of Caniço serves a variety of fresh seafood and local drinks.

experiences to have


Experiences to Have :

  1. Levada Walks - Madeira is known for its levadas, or irrigation channels, which offer scenic hiking trails through the island's mountains and forests.
  2. Whale and Dolphin Watching - Madeira is home to a variety of marine life, including whales and dolphins, which can be seen on a boat tour.
  3. Cable Car Ride - The cable car ride from Funchal to Monte offers stunning views of the city and the surrounding landscape.
  4. Toboggan Ride - This traditional mode of transportation involves sliding down the steep streets of Funchal in a wicker toboggan, guided by two drivers in traditional clothing.

We hope this guide will help you in your travels and inspire you to visit this wonderful Island this semester!

See you and let’s explore Portugal together!

Juliane (Ju) OLS Community Manager

Last modified: Wednesday, 26 April 2023, 3:25 PM