Is Madeira Worth Visiting?

Madeira is a captivating archipelago that lies in the North Atlantic Ocean, southwest of Portugal, luring tourists around the year with its natural scenery and pleasant climate. This Portuguese gem comprises four islands, with Madeira Island being the largest amongst them. Known as the 'Garden of the Atlantic,' Madeira boasts exotic floral landscapes, lush vineyards, and the unique Laurel forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The islands also feature awe-inspiring volcanic geological formations, scenic hiking paths, particularly the levada walks, and the bustling marketplaces 'Mercados dos Lavradores' in the capital city, Funchal. Renowned for its New Year's fireworks display, one of the world's largest, and the fortified Madeira wine, the island is also the birthplace of the football legend, Cristiano Ronaldo. This idyllic archipelago offers a blend of natural enchantment and cultural fascination.

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Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 8 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.5/5

Safety

4.7/5

Food

4.5/5

Budget-friendly

3.8/5

Solo travel experience

I traveled alone and fell in love with Madeira. It's very safe there, the food is amazing, locals are friendly, and most people speak English.

Posted: September 24, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Madeira was wonderful. I was there for 4 days, so I rented a car and drove around the entire island, very calmly, because it's quite small. The mountains are spectacular, the beaches are pristine. I felt completely safe all the time. People were friendly and helpful.

Posted: August 1, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I traveled alone to Madeira last year. It's a wonderful place and very cheap. I didn't have a car, but I definitely recommend it. Renting a car there was very expensive, so I used the bus. Mainly I stayed in Funchal and Porto Da Cruz.

Posted: March 11, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Madeira is wonderful. I spent 7 days in Funchal. For me, it was the perfect starting point to visit all the places I wanted to see. The buses were cheap, but not all routes were available by public transport. I booked a tour for myself to see things I wanted to, but couldn't reach by car.

Posted: December 16, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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