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  • Madeira Island, Portugal
  • Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
  • Lace up the hiking boots and take a walk up to Pico Ruivo, the highest point on Madeira Island
  • Step outside of the major cities and enter the calming seaside village of Camara de Lobos

Our Madeira Vacations and Tours

It is probable you would want to spend some time in Madeira on a Portugal vacation to enjoy this attractive sunny destination. Goway can customize for you the ideal travel arrangement to suit your style and budget. 

Madeira Travel Highlights

Why travel to Madeira on a Portugal Tour?

Madeira is a Portuguese possession situated off the west coast of North Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. It is actually made up of two islands, Madeira and Porto Santo. As a destination for Portuguese vacations, it offers natural beauty with springtime temperatures that prevail all year round. The capital is Funchal, a 500-year-old city. It is known for its many top-class restaurants, excellent hotels and vibrant nightlife and has a background of dramatic mountains, banana plantations and exotic gardens. It is known as one of the safest and cleanest cities in Europe

What are the top cities and places to visit on a Madeira vacation?


The best way to get to know Funchal’s historic city centre is on foot on Portugal trips. The Gothic Cathedral was built in the 16th century with a cedar wood ceiling carved in the Mudejar (Moorish) style. In the former Bishop's Palace is the Museum of Sacred Art with its collection of Flemish art from the 15th and 16th Centuries. The Farmers' Market provides exotic fruits and traditional fare such as Bolo de Mel (honey cake). Also in the old town is the Sao Tiago Fort, which houses the Museum of Contemporary Art. There are also the Embroidery and Wine Museums where you can learn about the beautiful pieces of delicate lace here and the fortified Madeira wine that came to prominence in the 17th and 18th Centuries.  


In the village of Camacha, 9 kilometres/5 miles from Funchal, you can shop for wicker crafts and enjoy a traditional dance of the region, the animated "Bailinho da Madeira”. You can see a live performance in one of the many restaurants here.  

Island of Porto Santo

On a Portugal tour, the island of Porto Santo is much quieter and the perfect place for rest and relaxation. The island, reached by ferry from Madeira, offers walks through breathtaking scenery, and good beaches for swimming, whale watching and swimming with dolphins. It has a stunning 9-kilometre/5 mile-long beach. The capital, Vila Baleira, offers palm-tree and bougainvillea-lined streets. Along the quay, you can find traditional crafts for sale made from shells, canes and palm fronds. You can perhaps head to the Thalassotherapy Centre for a treatment or simply go for a long walk and discover the beauty of a landscape formed from successive volcanic eruptions. Something special is a climb to Pico do Facho, the highest point on the island, and Pico do Castelo from where you can view the deep valleys and the islets. For those wanting to be more active, there are boat rides, scuba diving, water skiing, and paragliding facilities available.

Golf Courses

For golfers, Madeira is a great destination for a Portugal vacation. Between the two islands, there are three excellent golf courses; Palheiro Golf and Santo da Serra Golf Club, with 18 and 27 holes respectively on Madeira, both notable for the beauty of the surrounding scenery. There is also Porto Santo Golf which is a 27-hole course.

Madeira Natural Park

One of Madeira’s greatest assets is its diverse vegetation with rich colours and shades of green. The Madeira Natural Park is classed as a Biogenetic Reserve where you can find a unique range of flora and fauna. The park covers about two-thirds of the island and a number of land and sea-protected areas have been defined within it, making Madeira a true ecological destination.

Madeira Travel Information

When is the best time to visit Madeira?

Madeira has just the most perfect climate anywhere. It rarely rains and is never too hot. Due to its mountainous topography, the island is full of microclimates. You can find snow on the top of the mountains but only sunny weather at sea level. 

What types of tours are available in Madeira?

As a resort destination, it is probable that you would stay in Madeira for a few days at least. Goway is a Europe expert and can recommend and customize an itinerary to suit your tastes and budget.  

Travel to Madeira

Madeira is easily reached by air from Lisbon with several daily flights which take under two hours. 

Travel within Madeira

Recommended is renting a car and driving around Madeira. The roads are very good including coastal roads and hilly terrain offering fantastic views while on Portugal vacations. Local drivers tend to be considerate and Madeirans are good drivers. 

Accommodation in Madeira 

You will find a full range of hotels to suit all requirements. You might want to consider a stay at a government-run Posada, a very special experience.  

Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Portugal vacation at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Portugal.


  • Discover Madeira Self-Drive with Airfare

    FIRST-CLASS | SELF-DRIVE: Take Portugal at your own pace as you discover Madeira through a breathtaking self drive. Venture through the streets of Funchal, exploring the markets, museums, and close village of Monte before escaping to the coast towards Ponto do Sol, known for their fishing, bananas, and magnificent views. Finish things off by rounding out the north of the island in Sao Vicente, Jardim do Mar, and Santa Cruz noted to be some of the most beautiful spots on the island!
    9 Days
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    US$ 2,230
    Trip Type:
    Self-Drives, Vacation Packages with Airfare
    Portugal See Trip Details
  • Madeira Long Stay

    FIRST-CLASS | LONG STAY: Discover the essence of Madeira on this 21-night Portuguese vacation. Visit historic city sites like the Gothic Cathedral and Jesuit College before indulging in some of the island’s freshest produce sold at the Mercado Dos Lavradores. Immerse yourself in the natural wonder and cultural treasure of this enchanting Portuguese island and venture beyond the limits of Funchal to explore a 20-million-year-old laurissilva forest and swim in volcanic tidal pools.
    22 Days
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    US$ 1,835
    Trip Type:
    Snowbird Long Stays
    Portugal See Trip Details
  • Essence of Maderia & Lisbon

    FIRST CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: See the contrast between the tropical island of Madeira and the urban city of Lisbon on this delightful 8-day vacation. Discover the lush, laid-back island of Madeira in Funchal. Experience its natural wonders, volcanic caves and breathtaking views. Then, in Lisbon, fall in love the vibrant, cosmopolitan city, mingling alongside historical monuments and colourful castles.
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,549
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Portugal See Trip Details
  • Discover Madeira Island Self-Drive

    FIRST-CLASS | SELF-DRIVE: Embark on this 8-day road trip through Madeira with stops in the capital Funchal, Monte, Camara de Lobos, Cabo Girao, Jardim do Mar, Porto Moniz, Sao Vicente, Canical, and Machico. The delicious local cuisine, produce, vineyards, lava caves, tidal pools, and the enchanted laurel forests of Madeira will ensure you never forget this incredible Portugal vacation.
    8 Days
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Portugal See Trip Details
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