Madeira is a beautiful island with magnificent landscapes worth visiting, as well as some monuments or statues.
For the big soccer fans, especially Cristiano Ronaldo, this is the opportunity to visit his museum, his statue and even his hotel.
For the more adventurous, this is the time to observe the landscapes from the highest points of the island (such as Pico do Areeiro and Ponto Ruivo) and of course, to do the famous levadas of the island.
For gastronomic fans, a mandatory stop is the Mercado dos Lavradores where there is a wide variety of products that you can taste and even buy, to take home later.
Statue of CR7 at Cristiano Ronaldo Airport
This is a must-see as soon as you arrive at Madeira airport. The Cristiano Ronaldo statue is very recent, but that doesn’t make it less important.
Portuguese and foreigners love to take selfies with the statue to show that they have arrived at their desired destination. However, because it is something so well known it may be necessary to wait a bit to take the much desired picture with our national icon.
To continue the Cristiano Ronaldo saga, it is important to mention a visit to his museum. Here you can see almost all the trophies (126 individual and collective), cups and medals won by the player, as well as T-shirts, balls and boots of the player. In the museum it is possible to follow Cristiano Ronaldo’s soccer career through photos, videos, and a wax statue.
Big fans of the player can also stay at the player’s hotel, the Pestana CR7 Funchal, or simply have a meal on site.
The Lavradores Market is a historic building in Funchal. This market was inaugurated in 1940 and is still functioning today.
The vendors often present themselves in traditional Madeiran dress.
The Market shows its greatness from the wide variety of products we can buy, including fish, meat, fruits, vegetables, traditional sweets, small souvenirs, objects for the house, musical instruments… it is without a doubt a place that introduces a lot of colors, smells, sounds and of various nationalities.
Pico do Areeiro
Pico do Areeiro is the third highest peak of the island with 1818 meters of altitude, allowing a phenomenal view to the center of the island. From Pico you can see other places on the island such as Porto Santo, Curral das Freiras and Ponta de São Lourenço.
From this peak, it is possible to take a pedestrian path up to Pico Ruivo, which takes 3 hours. To accomplish this, it is necessary to bring comfortable clothing, tennis shoes and a flashlight.
In Madeira there are several levadas that can be done. There are some of shorter and longer duration, some easier or more difficult, but completely worth the effort.
This is a great opportunity to observe Madeira’s nature, its plants, flowers and even some animals.
It is only necessary to bring comfortable clothes and tennis shoes, as these are still great walks.
Typical Santana Houses
The little houses of Santana are one of the best known elements of Madeira. They are small, triangular-shaped wooden houses with a rural appearance.
Today, they still exist in the municipality of Santana as a reminder of this local heritage.
These little houses are very sought after by tourists because of their unique and peculiar shape.
Porto Moniz is a village in the northwest of Madeira, well known for its natural volcanic pools. Here it is possible to go swimming in the natural pools and observe the magnificent landscape right in front of us. Even at nightfall it is possible to bathe in these pools and watch a beautiful sunset.