Looking for a tropical holiday destination near Bordeaux? Then Funchal is the place to go!

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5 good reasons to go

A historical capital
A historical capital
With a rich history that dates back to the 15th century, Madeira is an island filled with surprises. The heritage of its capital, Funchal, is strongly influenced by Portugal. Baroque style Azulejos have left their touch all over town. The Sao Tiago fortress, Saint Lawrence palace, cathedral and many more monuments are well worth a visit.
Stunning scenery
Stunning scenery
Madeira's landscape is extremely varied. From black-sand beaches to mountain tops, eucalyptus forests to high-rise plains, the island seems to encompass every possible landscape. Not to be missed: the Pico Ruivo, Pico do Arieiro and Cabo Girão all boast incredible panoramic views.
Amazing hikes along the Levadas
Amazing hikes along the Levadas
One of Madeira’s main activities is hiking along the levadas. These irrigation canals criss-cross throughout the island and are perfect for a day out, and for getting splendid views. Some go through the Laurissilva Forest, registered on the UNESCO Heritage of Humanity list. It creates a unique atmosphere, especially when the mist comes along to play.
Festival extravaganza
Festival extravaganza
Fancy attending some of Madeira’s countless events? Book your flight to Funchal and discover the island’s jam-packed agenda. The carnival and Flower Festival are the most renowned events, as they are so festive and beautiful to watch. The Atlantic festival will captivate travellers who enjoy fireworks.
Gastronomy with tropical notes
Gastronomy with tropical notes
Fruit, spices, fish, seafood, etc. Madeira’s cuisine is filled with flavour. Some of the island’s favourite dishes include espada(scabbard fish), banana and maracujá(passion fruit). Don't miss out on poncha (the local punch), Madeira wine and queijada(cheese-based pastries).

To see / do

Culture and history

The tropical Monte Palace garden

The tropical Monte Palace garden

There are some real hidden gems in Funchal, such as the Monte tropical garden. The best way to get there is to board the cable car. Visit this heavenly piece of nature to enjoy a moment of pure pleasure.  Endemic plants grow next to species from all over the world. A museum showcases various geological and artistic collections.

Porto Moniz’s pools

Porto Moniz’s pools

To the North-East of the island of Madeira lies Porto Moniz, a small village hiding away an astonishing site: natural pools formed by volcanic rocks over several thousand years. The shallow pools fill with turquoise sea water. This enchanting place is open for swimming, so go and enjoy a dip as you gaze out on the landscape.

Day trip to the São Lourenço Peninsula

To the very East of Madeira lies the São Lourenço Peninsula, known locally as the natural park of São Lourenço. There is a path running along the peninsula, which is covered with semi-arid plants, and the landscape is simply magnificent. It is home to several bird species.  You may catch a glimpse of a few monk seals in the sea below.


Funchal’s market

Funchal’s market

When walking back from the Sao Tiago fortress, turn onto Santa Maria street. There are many restaurants along this road lined with colourful doors. They are real works of art. Santa Maria leads to the Mercado dos Lavradores, Funchal’s central market. Fresh and dried fruit as far as the eye can see!

An amazing ride down

Want to feel like a child again? it all starts here! Head to the foot of the Monte church, in the upper part of Funchal. Climb in the large wicker baskets, known as carrinhos, that await you and hurtle down the streets for just over a mile. An original and thrilling activity.


Espada in all its glory

Madeira’s famed fish is espada. This scabbard fish is extremely tender. It may be simply accompanied by a butter sauce, fried or prepared with fruit such as banana. Make sure you do not mix up espada and espetada, a bay laurel skewer with beef.

Honey cake

Honey cake

Madeira’s famed cake is the bolo de mel, a honey cake. It should actually be called a treacle cake as the pastry is made with sugar cane treacle originating from the island. Spices, walnuts and wine give even more flavour to this exquisite dessert.

Practical information

Flight duration


Time difference

-1h GMT




1943 km

Average temperature


20°C (max 24°C)


24°C (max 27°C)


20°C (max 25°C)


16°C (max 19°C)

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