Reasons to Visit Madeira this Winter
By Godfrey Lydon
Madeira is known as the ‘Pearl of the Atlantic' and is famous for its staggering natural beauty and its colourful and exotic flora. Its charming capital city, Funchal, has many historic attractions and beautiful parks and gardens. Madeira is an ideal year-round destination due to its warm climate throughout the year, and you can now fly direct from Dublin to Madeira twice weekly this Winter.
- Explore the charming capital city, Funchal, with its Old Town, parks and historic attractions. Take the cable car up to Monte for fabulous views of the surrounding coastline and slide back down to Funchal in a traditional wicker toboggan for an unforgettable experience!
- Walking and hiking are huge attractions in Madeira. There are many fantastic routes or ‘levadas’ that you can choose from to see stunning coastal vistas, pristine forests or spectacular mountains and cliffs.
- Water sports are a way of life in Madeira and you can enjoy all kinds of aquatic activities from snorkelling, to kayaking, scuba diving, sailing, kite surfing and lots more.
- Whale watching is one of the most popular things to do on a trip to Madeira. There are boats trips year-round to see these majestic giants. Up to 28 species of whales visit the waters around Madeira every year as well as dolphins and other species.
- The seawater pools of Porto Moniz in the north-west of Madeira are a must-visit. These are formed by volcanic lava, naturally filled with sea water and are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and exploring.
- Make sure to visit Madeira’s sister island, Porto Santo. The island is known for its warm waters and its beautiful, long, sandy beach and can be reached by ferry from Funchal.