Our offers for a shore excursion in Madeira
Below you will find our offers for a shore excursion in Madeira. Choose and book the best option for your stay in Funchal.
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Useful information for a shore excursion in Madeira
Below we have listed information about the cruise port, the most beautiful sights as well as many useful information for a shore excursion in Madeira.
The most beautiful sights in Madeira
Madeira is first and foremost an overall experience. The subtropical and especially in winter humid but mild climate gives the island a true splendor of flowers and plants.
Jardim Tropical Monte Palace
On the grounds of the former Monte Palace Hotel, José Berardo created an impressive botanical garden in the 1980s. It is located about 0.6 miles outside of Funchal at the district of Monte.
Here you can admire not only the species-rich native flora in compressed form, but also numerous “exotic” representatives, art in the form of Azulejos paintings, Koi carps and much more.
Admission fees are 10, – EUR for adults. Children under 15 years old are free of charge if accompanied by an adult.
Paúl da Serra
Plateau of Paúl da Serra, located in the northwest of the island, will give you a rough Scottish “Highlands” vibe. A walk through it shows a strong contrast to the almost tropical South of Madeira. The impressively green flora is on a more than 3,280 ft high plateau in the middle of the island.
There you can see the famous “Levadas”, man-made canals that are used for the island’s fresh water supply. These canals run from the high plateau down to the lower levels in a star-shaped pattern. Besides, these are the main reason, why Madeira rarely has to suffer from water shortage.
Mercado dos Lavradores
The farmers Market is located in the middle of Funchal, in Rue Latino Coelho, and offers visitors everything to the culinary heart’s desire. Moreover, there are beautiful stylistic elements of Art Deco. The market was built in the early 1940s.
If you are in the mood to relax after an abundance of smells, colors and flavors, you will find a pretty café on the roof terrace of the market where you can enjoy a delicious cappuccino and watch the colorful bustle from a distance.
The market hours are weekdays from 7:00 AM to 20:00 PM, on Saturday only until 14:00 PM.
Casa Colombo – Museu do Porto Santo
You can’t leave Madeira and the neighboring island of Porto Santo without visiting the home of the famous sailor. Around 1480, a decade before his world-changing discovery trip, Christopher Columbus is said to have lived here for some years as a sugar trader.
In addition to exhibits on the life of Christopher Columbus (such as nautical charts, ship models, pictures), the museum also offers interesting exhibits on Portuguese seafaring and the history of Porto Santo.
Porto Santos belongs with the island of Madeira to the region of Madeira and is located about 31 miles northeast of the larger sister island. By ship Porto Santo can be reached in about 3 hours. For a day trip that can be quite scarce. A better connection is the 20-minute domestic flight between Madeira and Porto Santo.
The Pico Ruivo is with 6,110 ft the highest point on the island of Madeira and is located about 9.3 miles north of Funchal. Pico is apopular destination, even for inexperienced hikers. In good weather you will have an excellent view over the island.
Unfortunately there isn’t a direct way to reach Pico Ruivo from Funchal through the hinterland. You have to take a small coastal detour on the VR1. You can reach the foot of Pico in approx. 1 hour by car.
Cruise port in Funchal
The Cruise Terminal of Funchal is the only pier for cruise ships on Madeira. It is located in the center and is only about 1.2 miles south of the city center. However, Funchal itself is built on the steep coastal landscape of Madeira. You can walk on foot from the terminal if you plan to explore the city on your own.
Most large cruise ships are located on the long dock on the opposite side of the main building. The port of Funchal offers a total of four piers for cruise ships (so-called “Cais”).
What you should know about cruise excursions on Madeira
Shipping companies and routes
Although Madeira is not one of the Canary Islands, it is still called by many shipping companies in their Canary routes.
The Canary Islands are a typical winter region for European shipping companies. If you continue your way to the Caribbean or to Asia, there are plenty of offers for cruises in the Canary Islands during the winter months.
Entry and visa
Madeira belongs to Portugal and hence, to the Schengen area. Canadian and US citizens do not require a visa to enter the schengen area of countries in Europe for tourism business stays under ninety (90) days. Likewise, UK citizens do not need a visa to enter Portugal as tourists staying for a period no longer than 3 months.
Please make sure to bring a valid passport with you, which extends at least 90 days after your initial arrival in the schengen area.
In Madeira, the Euro is used as currency. A currency exchange is therefore required. (1 dollar = 0.86 euro and 1 pound = 1.11 euro)
Although known as a winter destination, the Canary Islands have become a year-round destination for cruise ships. Madeira is located more in the north than the Canary Islands and has its own microclimate. Therefore, the recommended travel time can depend on which activities you prefer for your Madeira cruise excursion: for beach days, the classic midsummer months are actually the best time. However, offers are often limited at this time of the year.
If you plan to travel to Madeira in the winter months, you may witness quite a bit of rainy days. Even in January and February you still expect an average of 16° to 17° Celcius or 60° to 62° Fahrenheit in daytime and five hours of sunshine. At night it usually does not get colder than 13°Celcius or 55° Fahrenheit.
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