The island of Madeira with its dramatic landscape, mild climate, green valleys, stunning views and friendly people make it a popular holiday destination.
Madeira’s largest town is Funchal and is where most holidaymakers choose to spend their holidays. As you stroll along the promenade area you will find restaurants and bars, in the town are many places of interest. You may want to visit the Madeira Wine Company and learn the process and history of making Madeiran wine, the tour is very good and you get to enjoy a taster at the end!
Alternatively you can visit the Institute of Embroidery, Tapestry and Handicrafts, if you have an interest or your hobby is embroidery it is well worth seeing.There are plenty of historic sights to explore in and around Funchal.
You may want to see more of the island and a trip to Monte approximately 4 miles from Funchal is worth doing, here you can take a trip on a cable car and enjoy the breath taking view of the town.
There are beautiful gardens to visit, the Orchid gardens having more than 2000 exotic plants, and nearby, spectacular flowers/plants can be seen at the Botanic Gardens.
Another popular tourist attraction is to the village of Camacha where Madeira’s wicker industry began, you can see the willow weaving, the weavers work at an incredible speed, it is well worth seeing and you may want to make a purchase.Many farmers earn their living planting willow trees and selling to wicker weaving workshops.
On Madeira’s north coast is the Volcanism Centre, here there are demonstrations of volcanic eruptions, you can visit the Sao Vicente’s famous volcanic caves where the last eruption took place. The caves system tour is about 30 minutes it is a worthwhile experience.
If you enjoy hiking/walking holidays Madeira could suit you, head for Santana, apart from the old fashioned thatched cottages in the village this is the start off point for some of the best hikes on the island. There are many walks you can enjoy some more challenging than others.
Most major hotels offer entertainment and there are some clubs and discos in the capital, nightlife on the island is fairly low key, you can enjoy a meal at one of the many good restaurants in Madeira.