Fun Things to Do in Madeira!
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At the heart of the Atlantic ocean halfway between Portugal and Africa, you'll find the subtropical islands of Madeira. Here tranquil beaches are lapped by a sea whose warmth attracts dolphins, whales and a wealth of other marine life from miles around. These small islands are awash with bright and beautiful flowers all year around earning Madeira the nickname of 'the floating garden'.
The islands' turbulent and volcanic birth has left them with a dramatic landscape of towering sea cliffs, rugged peaks and plateaus, deep gorges, waterfalls and river valleys and a rich soil perfect for cultivating fruit such as vines, cherries and bananas. The dense primeval forest has been designated a world heritage site by UNESCO and there are six other nature reserves and parks that are home to some of the most unusual fauna and flora in the world.
Madeira enjoys warm summers and mild winters with average temperatures around 20ºC. There is plenty of sunshine but obviously as island they can also be windy or rainy.
Things to do in Madeira
Madeira's mild climate means that you can enjoy being outside all year round. The natural beauty and tranquility of these islands lends themselves to quiet exploration. So to get to the heart of the islands why not leave the car behind and set out on foot, by bike or horseback? The islands are famous for their levada walks- narrow winding pathways that follow the old watercourses over hilltops, through terraced orchards and down steep valleys. A head for heights is sometimes a good thing but the views from these unusual walks are breathtaking and well worth the effort.
Adrenalin junkies may know that Madeira is one of Europe's top destinations for canyoning. In canyoning your aim is to make your way down the steep canyons and gorges of mountain rivers by any means possible- scrambling, jumping, swimming, climbing, abseiling you name it! The coastline, with its deserted beaches, coves and islands, offers some of the world's best diving, big game fishing and dolphin and whale watching or just take a boat out and enjoy the spectacular scenery.
At the end of the day head into one of the historic towns to watch the sun go down over a big bowl of fresh seafood or the islands' famous wine and cake. If you can why not plan your visit to coincide with the New Year's Eve celebrations and the world's biggest firework display?
Getting to Madeira
The sub-tropical archipelago of Madeira is located in the North Atlantic, 535 miles (860km) from Lisbon and 360 miles (580km) from the African coast. There are direct flights to Madeira from Portugal, UK, Ireland. Germany, USA, South Africa amongst other countries.
Choose from: bird watching
, canyoning, coasteering or climbing
, dolphins and whales
, fishinghorse riding
, levada walks
and camper van hire
Madeira Levada Walks
Come and discover Madeira's famous levada walks. The walks take you through the UNESCO protected Laurissilva forests with their cascading waterfalls and exuberant wild flowers, past the mountains and green valleys to the dramatic coastline. The levada walks are walkways created centuries ago to allow locals to access their water courses now they are an unforgettable way to explore this subtropical paradise.
Canyoning in Madeira
Canyoning trips involve leaping, swimming and abseiling your way down Madeira's rivers! Madeira is widely recognised as one of the best spots in the world for this exciting, up-and-coming new sport. You must be able to swim but no canyoning experience is required so come and give it a go!
Coasteering in Madeira
Similar to canyoning but in the ocean, coasteering involves scrambling, cliff jumping, swimming and abseiling your way along Madeira's spectacular coastline! You must be over 12 and able to swim but no other experience is required so come try the ultimate coastal adventure!
Climbing in Madeira
Climbing trips in Madeira for novice and experienced climbers. Adrenaline filled days out with spectacular views and all the exhilaration of a new challenge in fresh mountain air. Specialist guides and all equipment provided.
Big Game Fishing in Madeira
Take on the fishing challenge of a lifetime! Come big game fishing in Madeira and do battle with huge marlin, wahoo, tuna, shark, broadbill swordfish, amberjack, dorado, blue fish, barracuda and shark. The boat is also available for private charter for dolphin and whale watching, scenic and sunset cruises.
|Dolphin and Whale Watching in Madeira
For an unforgettable experience join our marine biologists on a specialist whale and dolphin watching trip. We guarantee you'll see them or you get a free second trip. If you have always dreamt of swimming with wild dolphins we can also make that dream come true!
|Horse Riding in Madeira
Madeira is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and what better way to explore than on horseback? From our riding stables we organise trail rides through the countryside and lessons for beginners and more experienced riders.
|Sailing in Madeira
Get closer to the wild beauty of Madeira?s islands by ocean. There is breathtaking scenery and a wealth of marine life to discover. You can see wild dolphins and whales, lots of interesting sea birds, visit deserted islands and much more! Our specialist guides will accompany you to make sure it is a trip you won't forget!
| Scuba Diving in Madeira|
Discover Madeira's spectacular dive spots and fascinating marine life with friendly, experienced guides. 20 great dive spots with lots to see and the possibility of meeting dolphins, seals and manta rays while you're out!
|Kayaking in Madeira
Come sea kayaking in Madeira a fun, adventurous trip with beautiful coastal scenery. We have double and single kayaks and the trip is suitable for regular kayakers and beginners alike
| Madeira Bike Tours|
The best way to discover the true beauty of Madeira is to ditch the car and have an adventure. So we offer exhilarating cycling trips starting high up in the mountains with breathtaking views, downhill thrills and places of interest all the way down.
|Madeira Jeep Tours
Madeira jeep tours take you to the famous beauty spots and the hidden gems! On and offroad fun with spectacular views and friendly guides. Half day, full day and nocturnal tours available.
|Madeira Buggy Tours
The buggy tours take you to the top of the island for breath taking views and an adrenalin filled day out. It's a great way to see more of the island and explore gorgeous trails.
| Birdwatching in Madeira
Madeira has much to interest bird watchers with unique ecosystems that support a wide variety of land and sea birds, including endemic, unusual and endangered species. There are 42 breeding species or subspecies of birds found in the island and we offer guided land and sea tours to ensure you get the most from your holiday.
|Walking Tours in Madeira
Our walks are designed by experienced, enthusiastic walkers who want to show you each region's most beautiful scenery and give you a taste of its history, culture, wildlife and gastronomy. You can really explore and discover Madeira on one of our relaxing guided or self guided walking holidays.
|Hire a Camper Van in Madeira
Come and explore Madeira at your own pace in a luxurious camper van. The perfect blend of home comforts, freedom and adventure!
Coming soon: lots more great things to do in Madeira so if you can't find what you're looking for why not contact us, we'd be happy to help!
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