Hiking bliss and flower paradise on Madeira
Hiking enthusiasts are likely to fall in love with Madeira the moment they set eyes on it. The island is decked with mountains and cliffs. Waterfalls seemingly play a game of criss-cross with mountain paths, while striking sea views easily make up for even the steepest of climbs. Pico do Arieiro is the third-highest mountain, which you can either reach by foot or by car.
The romantic municipality of Santana, situated approximately an hour away from Funchal, attracts visitors with typical Madeiran houses that feature straw roofs. When returning to the capital, it is worth taking a detour to Madeira’s botanical garden. This is where it becomes blatantly clear why Madeira is also referred to as the “Floating Garden”: orchids, magnolias and bird-of-paradise flowers –the botanical symbol of Madeira– bloom here in wonderful abundance. By the way, winter need not be feared. Even if temperatures get a little cooler, the island is always green.
Facts & figures
Edelweiss tips for Funchal (Madeira)
Sightseeing in your Funchal holidays
Funchal is famous for its port, flowering parks and gardens and the Mercado dos Lavradores, a three-storey market. Funchal also has many hip restaurants, galleries and trendy bars. View in maps
Madeira is a paradise for all flower lovers. Everywhere exotic and colourful flowers sprout from the ground. But a visit to the botanical garden is still worthwhile. There you can admire among other things the parrot flower, the symbol of Madeira. View in maps
Peaking at 5'965 feet, Pico do Arieiro is the third-highest mountain on the island and an especially popular hiking area. It is also the only mountain accessible by road. All early birds are rewarded there with a beautiful sunrise. View in maps
Ponta do Pargo is the westernmost point in Madeira with a beautiful lighthouse. From there you have a great view of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding cliffs. View in maps