11 days in Madeira Itinerary

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Porto Moniz
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Drive to Madeira Airport, Fly to Amsterdam


Funchal — 3 nights

The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Igreja do Colegio Sao Joao Evangelista. Escape the urban bustle at Safari Madeira Island and Praia de Garajau. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Colegio dos Jesuitas do Funchal, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Zona Velha, and shop like a local with Caravel Art Center.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Funchal trip maker app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Funchal is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, Funchal is a bit warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C. You'll set off for Porto Moniz on the 8th (Fri).
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours
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Porto Moniz — 3 nights

Porto Moniz is a municipality in the northwest corner of the island of Madeira. Take a break from the city and head to Levada Ribeira de Janela and Seixal Natural Pool. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to 25 Fontes Falls and Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela. The adventure continues: get outside with Turtle Diving Center and tour or see a show at Centro Ciencia Viva.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Porto Moniz journey planner.

Traveling by car from Funchal to Porto Moniz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santana.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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Santana — 3 nights

Santana, short form for Santa Ana is a municipality along the northern coast of the island of Madeira, in Portuguese archipelago of the same name. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Igreja Do Senhor Bom Jesus and Santana Mother Church. Get outdoors at Laurissilva Forest and Haliotis Madeira. Go for a jaunt from Santana to Machico to see Clube de Golf Santo da Serra about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Reserva Natural da Rocha do Navio, take in nature's colorful creations at Roseiral da Quinta do Arco, trek along Levada Caldeirao do Inferno, and stroll around Parque Florestal das Queimadas.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Santana trip planner.

Traveling by car from Porto Moniz to Santana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Nature
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Madeira travel guide

Gardens · Geologic Formations · Mountains
Pearl of the Atlantic
Madeira, the largest island of the eponymous archipelago, serves as one of Portugal's top year-round holiday destinations. Although it draws a growing number of visitors, the island retains much of its relaxed atmosphere and provides an alternative vacation idea for travelers seeking a tropical paradise still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism. The capital city of Funchal, settled in the 15th century, attracts the biggest crowds and serves as a convenient stopover for trans-Atlantic cruise ships sailing from the Caribbean. When you get tired of exploring Fuchal's lively streets and beaches, hop on a boat tour of the archipelago for some whale watching or big game fishing.