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Famous for its namesake wine and warm, subtropical climate, Madeira has more to offer than just beaches. Explore what the islands have to offer from Dolphin watching to fun at the carnivals and festivals all year round
Join this tour where you will be taken to see what the ancient Greeks called “Ketos” – marine monster – and observe them in their habitat. During the boat trip you will be accompanied by an experienced crew who will inform you about the life of whales and dolphins (which are also known as cetaceans) that exist around our island.Swimming with dolphins is an unforgettable experience. Jump in the water with these friendly animals and watch them and feel them where they belong - in the wild. Swimming with dolphins always depends on the species that we find and the behaviour they show us.It will only be possible to swim with them if the crew members observe the right conditions.The boat you will be on is ideal for watching cetaceans, complying with all safety standards and ensuring a very close encounter with the animals.
Celebrated in the month of February the Madeira Carnival is a week of partying, a mixture of joy and rhythm. Carnival traditions such as masks, disguises, popular satire are mixed with the beats of samba adopted from the largest Carnival in the world, the Brazilian Carnival
After a day spent walking through the Madeiran “levadas”, where better to find yourself than Hortensia Gardens Tea House. With beautiful gardens to rest yourself and enjoy a simple scone with your coffee or if you're hungry, a good meal
Beautifully situated in a pine forest bordered by botanical woodlands, high above the town of Funchal, even if your game is not up to scratch, the views will more than make up for it
The walk to the watch point "Miradouro Ninho da Manta" takes about 20-30 minutes and hopefully you will hear the spooky calls of the Zino's when they arrive at their nests. Best time at night seems to be from 23:30 onwards. It's possible to hear Zino's at this location between April and September, however, July to mid August is the best time
If you happen to visit Madeira in September, then look out for the wine festival in Estreito de Camara de Lobos
Set in subtropical gardens overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Belmond Reid's Palace has, for more than a century, been the ultimate place to stretch out in the sun and relax. Over the years this luxury hideaway has honed the art of pampering every single guest, galvanising its reputation as one of the best hotels in Funchal. Whether a young child or a centenarian, a fun-seeking teenager or a sports-mad 30-something, there are activities both within the hotel’s estate and beyond to keep you on the go year-round.
At Porto Moniz on the west coast, rings of sea-cooled lava have been turned into one of the world's weirdest and most beautiful swimming baths.
Cabo Girao's glass-floored viewing platform offers views down 1,900 feet to the Atlantic rollers below
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Experience the perfect introduction to Funchal aboard this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour! You'll see all the beautiful sights of the city in a comfortable and secure environment, with full commentary provided. Discover Funchal in an open-top double-decker bus that allows you to hop-on and hop-off at 16 different stops whenever you wish, all day long. Tickets are valid for 24 hours.

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