University of Madeira

About Madeira, Guide and Top Tourist Attractions
(Madeira, Portugal)

The island of Madeira in Portugal has a rich cultural heritage brought about by 500 years of colonisation, migration, tourism, and trade that its people have experienced. Native noble families and random immigrants from all parts of the world make up the people of Madeira.

What to do in Funchal

Madeira is the perfect leisure destination. It has many marine areas used for water sports like fishing, sailing, water skiing, surfing, diving, and swimming. Fans of subaquatic activities can visit the Garajau Coast Line, which is known for being the first underwater nature reserve in Europe.

From the deep waters of Madeira, visitors can go up high in the sky by taking its scenic elevators and cable cars. These modern transportation methods allow access to the island's many remote places, with exceptionally breathtaking views. Visitors can take the Funchal-Monte Cable Car, Cabo Girão Elevator, Botanical Garden Cable Car, and Santana Cable Car.

Funchal is also a famous shopping centre in Portugal. Some of the island's well-established shopping streets that offer interesting and diverse products are Avenida Arriaga, Rua da Carreira, Rua da Queimada de Cima, Rua dos Ferreiros, and Rua Fernão Ornelas. Strolling along these streets provides a pleasant and unforgettable shopping experience no matter what time of day it is.

The island is packed with restaurants, cafes and bars offering a great variety of food choices. The As Vides, Santo António, Miradouro, Montanha, Zarco's, and Portela à Vista are some of the famous restaurants serving regional specialties that visitors should not miss out on.

Tourist Attractions

Despite its small size, Madeira has many tourist attractions to offer its visitors like historical monuments, ancient streets and squares, enchanting villages, gardens, landscapes and natural beaches.

Visitors with an ecclesiastical itinerary should visit the famous churches, chapels, and convents in the city like the Cathedral of Funchal, the Chapel of Corpo Santo, the Convent and Church of Santa Clara, Monte Church and the Chapel of Santa Catarina.

Nature lovers can go on an agricultural journey by visiting the Porto Moniz, where the safest harbours on the north coast can be found. Fishing, dairy production, and agricultural activities can be observed there. Considered as the northernmost 'concelho,' Porto Moniz is one of the most picturesque attractions in Madeira.

The Mote Palace Tropical Gardens was established in 1991. It houses the most important and beautiful tile collection in Portugal that describes cultural, social, and religious events.

Because it is surrounded by water, it is no wonder that Madeira has many beautiful beaches and resorts. Most of the beaches, however, do not feature golden sands and coconuts, but they are known for their soothing temperatures and crystal clear waters. Lido, Ponta Gorda, Doca do Cavacas, Ponta do Sol, Prainha, Machico, and Galo Mar are some of the island's famous beaches.

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