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Madeira: 7-Day Nature and Culinary Exploration

Madeira: 7-Day Nature and Culinary Exploration Itinerary

Published: 2024 Feb 29

Arrival and Old Town Exploration

Morning
Start your Madeira adventure with a delightful breakfast at Armazém do Mercado, a charming cafe located in the heart of Funchal's Mercado dos Lavradores. After breakfast, take a leisurely stroll through the historic Funchal Old Town Walking Tour, where you can admire the colorful facades, visit the Sé Cathedral of Funchal, and explore the Museum of Natural History (Municipal Museum of Funchal).
Afternoon
For lunch, head to Taberna Madeira, a cozy restaurant known for its traditional Madeiran cuisine. After lunch, take a scenic drive to the Pico dos Barcelos Viewpoint (Miradouro Pico dos Barcelos), where you can enjoy panoramic views of Funchal. Continue your exploration with a visit to the Madeira Story Centre, an interactive museum that showcases the history and culture of Madeira.
Evening
In the evening, treat yourself to a memorable dining experience at Restaurante Mozart, a Michelin-starred restaurant offering innovative dishes with a focus on local ingredients. After dinner, take a leisurely walk along the seafront promenade and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of Funchal at night.
Bedtime
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Botanical Gardens and Sunset Sailing

Morning
Enjoy a leisurely morning at the Madeira Botanical Gardens, where you can explore the diverse collection of plants and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. After your garden visit, have a light lunch at A Bica Restaurante, a charming restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere.
Afternoon
Spend the afternoon on a luxurious Funchal Bay Dolphin & Whale Watch Luxury Catamaran Cruise, where you can spot dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. The cruise also offers stunning views of the coastline and the opportunity to relax on deck with a glass of Madeira wine.
Evening
For dinner, head to Armazém do Sal, a contemporary restaurant known for its creative dishes and stylish ambiance. After dinner, take a stroll along the marina and enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.
Bedtime
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Nuns Valley and Monte Experience

Morning
Start your day with a hearty breakfast at O Tasco, a popular restaurant known for its delicious Madeiran specialties. After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to the Valley of the Nuns (Curral das Freiras), a picturesque village nestled in a deep valley. Take some time to explore the village and enjoy the stunning views.
Afternoon
After your visit to Nuns Valley, head to the charming town of Monte, where you can visit the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens and the Church of Our Lady of Monte (Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte). For lunch, try the traditional espetada at Il Basilico Ristorante Italiano, a cozy restaurant with a lovely terrace.
Evening
In the evening, take a thrilling ride on the From Funchal Nuns Valley, Monte and Sleigh Ride Tour, where you can experience the famous Monte toboggan ride. After the ride, enjoy a leisurely dinner at Restaurante Do Forte, a restaurant with a romantic setting and panoramic views of Funchal.
Bedtime
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Jeep Tour and Porto Moniz

Morning
Start your day with a delicious breakfast at Santa Maria de Colombo, a unique restaurant located on a replica of Christopher Columbus' ship. After breakfast, embark on an exciting Funchal Porto Moniz, Fanal Forest, and Cabo Girao Jeep Tour, where you can explore the rugged landscapes of Madeira and visit the iconic Cabo Girão, one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe.
Afternoon
For lunch, enjoy the stunning views at Portela Viewpoint (Miradouro da Portela) [17109], a restaurant with panoramic terrace. After lunch, continue your journey to Porto Moniz, where you can relax in the natural volcanic pools and admire the dramatic coastline.
Evening
Return to Funchal in the evening and have dinner at Eira do Serrado, a restaurant with a breathtaking view of the Nuns Valley. After dinner, take a leisurely walk around the hotel and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
Bedtime
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Western Madeira and Sunset Hike

Morning
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel and then embark on a Madeira Western Madeira Guided Trip & Fanal Mystic Forest, where you can explore the natural beauty of the western part of the island. Visit the Sao Vicente Caves & Volcanism Centre and the Madeira Walks - Rabaçal and the 25 Fountains, and enjoy a picnic lunch in the forest.
Afternoon
After your tour, return to Funchal and relax at your hotel. In the late afternoon, take a scenic drive to the starting point of the Funchal Dolphin and Whale Watching Sunset Sailing Tour, where you can enjoy a magical sunset cruise and spot dolphins and whales in the golden light.
Evening
For dinner, try the innovative cuisine at Restaurante Il Gallo d'Oro, a Michelin-starred restaurant with a stunning view of Funchal. After dinner, take a leisurely walk along the seafront promenade and enjoy the lively atmosphere of Funchal at night.
Bedtime
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Pico do Arieiro and Rabaçal Valley

Morning
Start your day with a delicious breakfast at Armazém do Mercado, and then embark on a From Funchal Transfer to Pico do Arieiro & Pico Ruivo Trail, where you can hike to the highest peak of Madeira and enjoy breathtaking views of the island.
Afternoon
After your hike, have a picnic lunch at the summit and then continue your journey to the Madeira Day Trip Levada Walk in the Rabaçal Valley, where you can explore the lush landscapes and visit the famous 25 Fontes waterfall.
Evening
Return to Funchal in the evening and have dinner at Restaurante Do Forte, a restaurant with a romantic setting and panoramic views of Funchal. After dinner, take a leisurely walk around the marina and enjoy the beautiful night views.
Bedtime
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Relaxation and Departure

Morning
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel and then spend the morning relaxing at the Madeira Full-Day Jeep Tour with Guide and Pickup, where you can visit the picturesque villages and enjoy the stunning views of the island.
Afternoon
For lunch, try the traditional Madeiran cuisine at Taberna Madeira, a cozy restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. After lunch, take a scenic drive to the Machico, where you can explore the historic town and relax on the beautiful beach.
Evening
In the evening, have a farewell dinner at O Tasco, a popular restaurant known for its delicious Madeiran specialties. After dinner, take a leisurely walk along the seafront promenade and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Funchal at night.
Bedtime
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