A natural wonder
The Sao Vicente Caves give evidence of Madeira’s volcanic past, with long stretches of lava tubes formed in an eruption 400,000 years ago. The underground tour will take you into the bowels of the earth, where you’ll see fascinating rock formations, and no doubt learn a thing or two. Walkers – you’re gonna love the levada trails.
And a historic haven
Want to discover more about this enchanting island? The Madeira Story Centre, located in the Old Town of Funchal, is a great place to start. Here, you’ll learn everything about Madeira’s history, from its volcanic birth 14 million years ago to the present day.
Let’s talk shop
The main shopping centres and streets are in the capital city, Funchal, with Forum Madeira and Dolce Vita two of the biggest and most modern. If you’re after something more authentic, head to Mercado dos Lavradores farmer’s market to pick up everything from flowers to fabrics.