The five best views in Madeira, Portugal
Madeira is a gorgeous Portuguese island situated in the Atlantic Ocean and is known for its wine, culture and the annual New Years celebration where the fireworks show is regarded as one of the best in the world. But the crowning jewel of the island, located on a long-dormant volcano, are the absolutely stunning views. While the coastal capital of Funchal is the main base of most tourists, you’ll be seriously missing out if you don’t venture outside to check out some of these vistas.
Where to find the best views in Madeira
Pico do Arieiro
Driving up to Pico do Arieiro is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Madeira. With an impressive altitude of 1,818 metres, you’ll be happy to know that it’s easily accessible by car. The twisting roads weave through towering forests as you spiral upwards through the clouds towards the third highest peak on the island. There’s even a gift shop up there to pick yourself up a nice souvenier. The view is astounding as you look out across the highest parts of the island with whisps of cloud floating around you. It’s even spectacular on overcast days – if a little cold – as you stand amongst the clouds!
The view from here is absolutely insane. From Eira do Serrado, you look out over a small village nestled in a valley between two cloud-topped mountains in the heart of Madeira. It’s thought that the valley was either formed by erosion or by volcanic activity in the past. You won’t regret making a visit to the centre of the island to see this.
This famous viewpoint is well-known for its transparent glass platform which sticks straight out over the ocean, allowing people to gaze straight down over the second highest sea cliff in the world. It was even featured by Condé Nast in 2014 as the fifth most beautiful cliff view on the planet! The panoramic views across the Atlantic Ocean and along the coastal areas across Madeira are unparalleled so you don’t want to miss out on this spectacular view.
For great views of Funchal, this is where you want to go. One of the most popular attractions in Funchal is to take the cable car up to the Botanical Gardens in Monte but honestly the view from Pináculo is so stunning that it’s definitely worth the drive. We went up at sunset and the sky turned the most gorgeous golden colour which lights up the entire island with a dreamy glow.
This is a slightly unusual one to finish with but Madeira airport is famous as one of the most dangerous in the world to land at. The runway extends out over the ocean on stilt-like structure which always makes me feel a little apprehensive! But with high winds around the volcanic island, the plane usually has to turn before approaching to land on the runway. If you look out of the window here, seeing the island in all its glory is a beautiful sight.
Have you ever been to Madeira? What are your favorite views?
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