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Madeira see + do

Tempting as it is to stay in Funchal—checking out the market, 16th-century cathedral, gardens, and the Old Blandy Wine Lodge (or losing money in the casino)—the rest of the island warrants a visit. The inland is lush and beautiful, and is easy to get around either by bus (map available at the tourist office), rental car, or one of the yellow taxis, which charge around $110 a day.

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Beach Trips

Madeira has over 90 miles of coastline, but it doesn't have a beach. A day of lazing around on the sands involves a two and a half hour catamaran trip...more

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Big Game Fishing

Captain Peter Bristow will assist your search of giant blue marlin aboard the Katherine B for about $1,200 per day for the whole boat—round up half a...more

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Monte Tobogganing

The breezy hilltop suburb of Monte includes a church where Charles I, last of the Hapsburg emperors, is buried. But the real attraction are rides on the...more

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Sunset Cruises Aboard the Santa Maria

A full-scale mahogany replica of Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria sails on Wednesday and Sunday evenings at 7:15 p.m. from Funchal harbor. The 90-minute...more

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Walking

The tourist office in Funchal lists levada walks on narrow paths alongside the narrow irrigation canals that flow horizontally around the island's hills....more

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