Do you only have 5 days or a week to visit the beautiful viewpoints this archipelago has to offer? check-out this compact itinerary and discover what Madeira has to offer.
A 5-day itinerary: how to visit the highlights
Arriving in Funchal, the capital city of Madeira. Start the trip by either rent a car at the airport or in the city and discover the Monte Palaca Tropical gardens, The Funchal Farmers market and splurge on fresh produce, or head over to Funchal’s old town and
Day 2 - Time to hike
Get up early on the second day of your Madeira itinerary and go to Pico do Arieiro to enjoy the sunrise. It's the third-highest mountain on the island, at 1,818 meters (5,965 feet), and it takes around 45 minutes to travel there from Funchal.
Once there, make your way to the Miradouro do Juncal viewpoint and prepare to enjoy spectacular dawn above the clouds.
Day 3 - North coast
So Vicente is a charming tiny village nestled between steep green mountains that is well worth a quick trip.
Seixal, a little seaside village east of So Vicente with some of Madeira's best vistas, is only a short drive away.
Then go to Seixal Beach, which is one of the island's few naturally sandy beaches. It's a remarkably gorgeous place, with its black beach, blue water, and green mountains rising abruptly from the sea.
Day 4 - Head west
Explore the beautiful nature of the Paul da Serra plateau in the western portion of Madeira as part of your 7-day Madeira tour. Because the plateau receives a lot of rain, it has a lot of waterfalls and Levada trails.
Day 5 - East coast
The island's easternmost point, Ponta de So Lourenço, is a must-see on any Madeira road trip. The "tail of Madeira," a long, narrow peninsula with beautiful volcanic cliffs, rock formations, and panoramic vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, is also known as the "tail of Madeira."