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Visiting Madeira for the first time for a week. Looking at a rough itinerary as to the best sites views trips etc on our first visit. Like a walk, like a trip out, wont be round the pool or sun bathing much. Based near Lido, willing to use public transport/taxis.

Fancy a half day boat trip,already booked a vintage car trip, levada if is practical without walking boots.

Any recommendations gratefully accepted.

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At the top of the page is a tab (green) 'things to do' click on that and find what you are interested in, read reviews and then book. trips are best booked with a company like Happy Tours, or Madeira Seekers who get excellent reviews. Jeep trips are good and are also featured in the 'Things to do' tab

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Have recently returned from our first Madeira trip. We stayed at The Porto Mare hotel near The Lido. We hadn't intended lying on deckchairs but the gardens were so lovely that we were enticed to lie in the sunshine! 🌞💤

The hotel provided a courtesy coach to and from Funchal and we went in to the town on a couple of occasions ,explored and had lunch. We also walked into Funchal and that took about half an hour. Along the coastline is flat and there are lovely gardens and a long, flat lido. The Old Town is flat too- the parts we walked were! We usually got the courtesy bus back.

We thoroughly enjoyed the cable car ride to and from Monte. I used to have a great fear of heights and this cable car runs very smoothly .Once there we visited the wonderful Tropical Gardens that goes down and down taking us further and further into its beauty. We live in a very hilly area but were delighted to discover a buggy that took us back to the top! From there we walked to a cathedral set on high and near the toboggan rides. We were pleased to have our return tickets by cable car. The views are superb. Comfy shoes and camera essential.

Another outing we did on the yellow buses was quite an adventure. We purchased a two day ticket and on the first day went on a trip through brilliant sunshine and clouds, back into sunshine until we reached our first stop and were informed by the driver to cross over the road and get on another yellow bus. That one took us to Camera de Lobos and from there we hopped on a smaller white bus that took us higher and higher to Cape Girao. There were so many weather changes as we travelled. We travelled all the way back via the three buses and the driver stopped opposite the hotel! The next day we split the day between a short trip to Camera de Lobos and a couple of hours zonked out in the lush hotel garden.

We had planned on doing so much but the week just flew by and we regretted not booking a fortnight. Catamaran trip we unfortunately missed. We were amazed by how much there is to do on Madeira and look forward to many return visits. Hope you have a great time. Pack very comfortable shoes/ walking shoes. Enjoy!


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Great choice for choosing Madeira! You will love it!

I used to be a travel consultant for Madeira so if you follow the itinerary, you will be fine!

You will need a good map and also be weary that the roads are a bit more narrow by the country side but nothing to worry about.

Day one- West tour

From your hotel head over to Camara de lobos (Fishing village) The village is well known for their fish and traditional alcoholic drink, Poncha. Head over to Cabo Girao (Glass platform) Here you will have amazing views of the south west coast. Then head up north to Sao Vicente where you will admire natural caves and then Sexial where you will see the waterfall. Stop at Porto Moniz where you can have a swim in the natural lava pools. Head down to Paul da Serra (Flattest surface on the island) where you will be greeted by cows and rabbits. Heading down south, stop at Ponta do Sol (known to always be sunny) and finish the day at Ribeira brava for some amazing cakes!

Day Two- East tour- Head over to Camacha where you will admire the wicker market and also it was the first village to have a football match on the island. Head up north to Ribeiro frio where you will see the trout farm and then you may do a levada walk (levada do balcao) No walking shoes needed. It takes 1:30 and very easy and beautiful to do (Ribeiro frio levada found on the same location is much longer and you will need equipped shoes). Once completed, visit Pico Areeiro . The second highest peak on the island! (dancing above the clouds) . Stop at Santana to see the typical thatched roofs and then Porto da Cruz known for its majestic mountainous scenery (surfers paradise). Head over to Ponta sao lourenco (tip of the island) and finish the day at Machico (Man made sandy beach)

These two tours will take an average of 8 hours. Have a look at the map and you will see that It all falls under a logical order

Day three- (four hours or less)

Now its time to see the centre of the island! Stop at Pico dos Barcelos where you will have a 360 view point of the island. Stop at Eira do Serrado where you will see Curral das freiras (nuns valley) from above and then stop at Curral das freiras (Nuns valley) a small village which is surrounded by mountains. Enjoy the typical licor called ginja and ginja cake

You can do all this with an agency or by car.

Boat trip I would recommend a catamaran as you can go for a swim (sea pleasure company) They also offer sun set trips. Or you may go on an antique pirate ship boat (Santa Maria company)

Easy levada walks: Mimosa valley, Paradise valley and levada dos balcoes.

Hope this helps!


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