The levada walks in Madeira are one of the main reasons you should visit the island! The “levadas” are a network of ancient irrigation channels that crisscross the lush landscapes of Madeira, offering hikers breathtaking views of forests, waterfalls, and mountains.

In this guide, I’ll introduce you to some must-visit Levada walks in Madeira, complete with starting point addresses to help you get there.

A collage of pictures showcasing a woman enjoying Levada walks in Madeira.
Levada Walks in Madeira
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Walking the levadas in Madeira

Walking the levadas is my favourite thing to do in Madeira. The first time I did a levada walk, I was absolutely blown away by the sheer beauty and serenity of the landscapes and views. I felt totally peaceful and at one with nature, and very far away from the crazy hectic pace of normal life. That day was by far my best day in Madeira! 

After that, I made it my priority to seek out all of the levada walks on the island. There are over 30 levada walks, but I have listed 16 here. I will update this post and add more levada walks after my next visit to the island. 

My last visit to Madeira was in summer 2023 on a solo trip, but Madeira is also ideal for couples and families. I have also visited Madeira in the spring and winter time too. I have included some tips for hiking the levadas solo at the bottom of this post. 

You may also like to check out my main Madeira Travel Guide if you are thinking of travelling to Madeira.

16 Beautiful Levada Walks in Madeira

Before we start, here are some quick links for Madeira:

Read on for 16 of the best levada walks in Madeira, Portugal.

I have included start/end points where possible, but some of the levadas have multiple entry points and you may prefer to just start wherever you see a ‘levada’ sign. There is a map, tips for hiking levadas and some recommended organised tours at the bottom of this post.

1. Levada Caldeirão Verde

📍Start/end point: Queimadas Forest Park / Caldeirão do Inferno.

The Levada Caldeirão Verde walk is a true gem of Madeira. With its relatively gentle terrain, dense greenery, and a series of picturesque waterfalls, it’s gained popularity for its accessible nature. Beginning at Ribeiro Frio, this trail takes you through laurel forests and tunnels, finally leading to the Caldeirão Verde waterfall.

A waterfall in the middle of a lush green forest in Madeira.
Waterfall on Levada Caldeirao Verde

Having explored this trail, I’d recommend it, especially for those who prefer an easy-paced walk without the uphill grind. You can enjoy scenic vistas and impressive waterfalls without grappling with steep inclines. You can also continue onto the Caldeirão do Inferno from here.

Note that it can get crowded during peak times.

2. Levada do Caniçal

📍Starting Point: Miradouro da Portela, 9200-019 Machico, Portugal.

The Levada do Caniçal walk starts at the Miradouro da Portela viewpoint, offering panoramic views of the east coast. This hike is relatively easy and leads you through scenic landscapes with impressive coastal vistas of Madeira island.

A cloudy day stream in Madeira.
Levado do Canical

The trail starts next to the historic tunnel linking Machico and Caniçal, marking the starting point of Levada do Caniçal. The path is level, and gives wonderful views of Caniçal, once a bustling fishing village famed for its whaling industry until 1982.

The levada trail takes you to a road, which takes you to the village centre. Here you can take a break before strolling along the seaside promenade next to Praia de Natal. After this, you’ll begin your ascent towards the Pico do Facho. The terrain is a little bit uneven here.

Upon arrival at the Pico do Facho, you’ll have the choice to visit the viewpoint or descend to the endpoint of the walk, located just past the old tunnel where the trail began.

3. Levada das 25 Fontes

📍Start/end: Rabaçal (E.R. 105) / 25 Fontes.

The Levada das 25 Fontes is renowned as one of the island’s most popular and accessible trails. It is famous for its lush greenery and the opportunity to see the impressive 25 Fontes waterfall. The trail begins at Rabacal and takes you through dense forests and levadas before reaching this natural wonder.

A small levada stream running down the side of a mountain in Madeira.
25 Fontes levada

The highlight of this hike is undoubtedly the weeping wall of 25 streams, gracefully cascading into a refreshing pool. You can also see panoramic views of the huge Risco Waterfall too.

The 25 fontes falls on the 25 fontes levada trail in Madeira.
The 25 fontes falls on the 25 fontes levada trail in Madeira.

Be prepared, though; this hike is usually busy. I recommend setting out just after sunrise, to help beat the crowds. Additionally, consider visiting during the rainy months which will be quieter.

4. Levada do Risco

📍Start/end: Rabaçal (E.R. 105) / Risco.

Adjacent to Levada das 25 Fontes ,is the Levada do Risco trail. Starting from Rabacal, it’s a 1.5km route which starts at regional road ER 105 in Rabaçal, surrounded by lush greenery.

An aerial view of a Risco Waterfall during Levada Walks in Madeira.
Risco Waterfall

Levada do Risco is an easy route with an estimated duration of 2 hours, situated at an altitude of approximately 1000 metres, offering unobstructed vistas of Madeira’s natural treasures.

A grand reward awaits you at the trail’s end—the Risco viewpoint. Here, you’ll witness a magnificent waterfall cascading vertically, forming a striking white ribbon against the dark rock backdrop.

If you still have the time and energy, you can even consider extending your adventure to Levada das 25 Fontes.

Further reading: Ultimate Madeira Travel Guide.

5. Levada do Rei

📍Start/end: São Jorge Wastewater Treatment Plant / Ribeiro Bonito.

The Levada do Rei walk takes you through the ancient Laurissilva Forest, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Beginning in São Jorge, the route starts and ends in the Quebradas Water Treatment Plant in Sao Jorge.

A moss covered stream in the forest on a levada walk in Madeira.

Following the course of the Ribeiro Bonito (Bonito River), this levada trail winds through the heart of the jungle, gradually unveiling a picturesque gorge surrounded by small cascades and waterfalls. At the gorge’s very end lies a colossal hidden waterfall. Reaching it may require some basic climbing and clambering.

There’s just a touch of incline, and the path is clearly marked, ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey. It’s a well-trodden route, making it one of the island’s most popular levadas. 

6. Levada Nova

📍Starting Point: Estrada Regional 101, Ponta Delgada, 9240-215 Santana, Portugal.

The levada Nova is beautiful and it has an amazing waterfall you can walk behind, but beware there are several drop-off points with no railings.

You can also combine this walk with the levada do Moinho. I did this combination and it took about 4 hours. Check the weather first and probably don’t do this one on your own – there are a few bits of sheer abyss, plus total darkness in tunnels.

7. Vereda dos Balcoes

📍Start/end: E.R. 103 (Ribeiro Frio) / Balcões.

The Levada do Balcoes walk, located near São Vicente, is a short hike suitable for all levels. The trail leads to a stunning viewpoint with a wooden balcony, offering a magnificent vista of the Ribeira Funda valley and its lush vegetation. It doesn’t strictly follow a levada, but it is a lovely walk.

A bench sits on a railing overlooking a mountain.
Viewpoint on Levada Balcoes

Covering a mere 1.5-kilometre round trip to and from the viewpoint, this hike is perfect for families and anyone seeking awe-inspiring scenery without the need for an extended trek.

Your journey culminates at the Balcoes, a charming viewpoint offering sweeping vistas, from the ocean to Pico Ruivo, Madeira’s loftiest peak at 1,862 metres.

In terms of difficulty, this trail proudly claims its spot as one of Madeira’s easiest hikes. It’s practically flat, the path is well-marked, and there are no tricky sections to navigate. 

8. Lombada da Ponta do Sol

📍Start/end: Sítio da Lombada (Ponta do Sol) / Sítio da Lombada (Ponta do Sol).

For a serene coastal experience, embark on the Lombada da Ponta do Sol journey, starting in the charming village of Ponta do Sol. This circular trail provides breathtaking views of the coastline and the surrounding hillsides. It’s a relatively short hike, and goes past two levadas – the levada Nova and levada Moinho.

A cliffside path overlooking the ocean in Madeira.
Levada da Ponta do Sol in the Valley Of The Ribeira.

9. Levada dos Tornos

📍Starting Point: Curral dos Romeiros, near Monte cable car.

If you’re staying in Funchal, the capital of Madeira, don’t miss the Levada dos Tornos. This walk begins in the city (Monte) and takes you through cultivated terraces, offering a unique blend of urban and natural landscapes. It’s a great option for those seeking a shorter hike.

This trail is a treasure trove of waterfalls, breathtaking viewpoints, and the lush embrace of the UNESCO-listed Laurissilva Forest.

A stone wall next to a levada walk in Madeira.
Levada Dos Torno

In terms of difficulty, this trail is fairly easy, although there is an uphill climb at the beginning. The path occasionally presents uneven surfaces alongside the levada, with moments where there’s no protective railing. You can stop at the Jasmine tea house which is near the end of the trail.

Further reading: 25 Unique & Amazing Things to do on Madeira Island.

10. Levada do Norte

📍Starting Point: Estrada Regional 103, 9350-028 Santana, Portugal.

The Levada do Norte is one of the longest levadas in Madeira, and it stretches across various municipalities. You can reach the starting point via the 96 bus from Funchal to Estrei to de Câmara de Lobos, getting off at the Levada do Norte bus stop, just after the church.

A levada waterway in Madeira leading to a waterfall in the mountains.
Levada walks in Madeira – Levada do Norte in Spring

The destination is just below Cabo Girão (the highest sea cliff in Europe). You will see panoramas of the charming parishes of Câmara de Lobos and Campanário, set against a backdrop of lush green fields and carefully tended plantations. There are also quaint villages dotted with houses and buildings, where you may chance upon locals tending to their land or simply taking leisurely strolls.

11. Levada do Furado

📍Start/End: ER 303 (Ribeiro Frio) / E.R. 102 (Portela).

The Levada do Furado is located in the charming village of Porto da Cruz and offers a pleasant hike through the Laurissilva Forest. This walk leads to the dramatic Penha d’Águia rock formation, providing hikers with fantastic views of the coast and the surrounding landscape.

A wooden levada walkway leading into a cave in Madeira.
Tunnel On Levada Do Furado

12. Levada do Moinho

📍Start/end: Ribeira da Cruz (E.R. 101) / Junqueira (Tornadouro).

The Levada do Moinho, also known as the Levada Grande, derives its name from the historical water mills that once relied on its flow.

Even today, remnants of these mills, such as the Achadas mill, the Cancelas mill, and the Levada Grande mill, can be discovered along its path. These mills were funded by local residents, granting them exclusive rights to this precious water resource, highly treasured in Madeira.

The levada Moinho sits below the levada Nova, and you can combine the two into one half-day walk (it took me about 4 hours to walk them both – and it was stunningly beautiful, although the levada Nova has some scary parts).

The trail culminates in Tornadouro, nestled within Junqueira, but I recommend continuing your path onto the levada Nova.

13. Levada das Rabaças

📍Starting Point: Estrada Florestal, Rabacal, 9370-073 Paul, Portugal.

Located near Rabacal, Levada das Rabacas is a relatively easy walk that offers the chance to explore serene forests and enjoy the tranquil beauty of Madeira’s countryside. It was created to supply the hydroelectric power station of Serra de Água, also known as Salazar.

A concrete levada in Madeira
Levada do Rabacas

There are several enchanting waterfalls, and stunning views of the majestic Pico Quebrado and Pico das Furnas, making this hike a truly unmissable experience.

Remember to pack a torch to guide your way through the brief and dimly lit tunnels along the trail.

14. Levada do Alecrim

📍Start/end: Rabaçal (E.R. 105) / Water spring of Levada do Alecrim (Lagoa ‘Dona Beja’).

The Levada do Alecrim walk is a waterfall hike, featuring a waterfall and pool at the end. If you’re in search of a relatively short excursion, this 7-kilometre round trip might suit your preferences.

This trail closely follows the levada, with a sequence of waterfalls as you progress. The star of the show is undoubtedly the prominent main waterfall and its accompanying pool, offering a peaceful spot to cool off amidst the island’s natural beauty.

A levada walk in Madeira leading to a waterfall in the mountains.
Levada do Alecrim and Paul de Serra Mountains

The route is widely acknowledged for its secure and well-marked pathways, ensuring a worry-free hiking experience. While it doesn’t contain any noteworthy hazards, be mindful of potentially slippery rocks around the pools and waterfall. The trail itself, although easy to follow, is not entirely smooth, featuring a somewhat uneven and rocky terrain in places.

15. Levada da Serra do Faial

📍Start/end: Choupana / Camacha.

Hidden within a lush forest lies a paradise waiting to be uncovered (also referred to as Paradise Valley). This trail commences in Choupana, nestled in the highlands of Funchal, located in the southern reaches of Madeira Island.

As you tread this path, running parallel to the Levada, you’ll see a myriad of flora and fauna species. Along the way you will also see charming villages in the Funchal and Camacha regions.

The journey concludes in Camacha, a neighbourhood renowned for its rich cultural and traditional heritage.

A path following a levada stream through a forest in Madeira.
Levada walks in Madeira – Levada da Serra do Faial

Further reading: 29 Wonderful Things to do in Funchal, Madeira.

16. Levada Caldeirão do Inferno

📍Starting Point: Queimadas Forest Park / Caldeirão do Inferno.

One of the island’s most popular hikes, the Caldeirão do Inferno hike owes its reputation to the spectacular waterfalls that punctuate the route, the dense jungle surroundings, and the significant perk of it being a relatively flat trail.

The Caldeirão do Inferno hike shares its starting point with the Caldeirão Verde hike. However, if you choose to venture onwards for another 2.4 kilometres, you’ll be rewarded with an extraordinary canyon and a colossal final waterfall.

A waterfall flowing through a lush green forest.
Ribeiro do Infernos Falls, Madeira

Please note that in August 2023, the path to the Caldeirão do Inferno was closed.

A word about solo travel and levadas.

I have only ever embarked upon levada walks on my own, but to be honest I did not see many other solo travellers along the way. It is probably safer to have a companion, in case anything happens, but there are lots of other people on the trails so I’m sure you could get help if you needed it. Also there are guided tours you can join if you are concerned about safety.

Personally, I didn’t want to let being on my own stop me from doing the walks – and I’m so pleased I made that decision, because the walks were beautiful and well worth it. However it’s always a good idea to let someone else know where you are and what your plans are. Make sure you have a fully charged phone with a torch. See my tips for hiking levadas below for more advice on this.

Hazel’s tips for hiking levada walks in Madeira.

Further reading: Ultimate Madeira Travel Guide.

1. Research and choose the right trail.

Start by researching the available Levada trails and their difficulty levels. Select a trail that matches your fitness and hiking experience. Some trails may be closed if there has been adverse weather.

2. Wear comfortable hiking gear.

Invest in comfortable and sturdy hiking shoes with good grip, to navigate the often uneven and occasionally slippery terrain. I wore trainers on my first hike and quickly realised they were not fit for purpose , as I was slipping around and struggled a bit with the elevated areas. 

Dress in layers, as Madeira’s weather can change quickly. Carry a waterproof jacket and sun protection, including a hat and sunscreen.

3. Pack essentials.

Carry essentials like a fully charged mobile phone, a flashlight (for tunnels on some trails), a map or GPS device, a first-aid kit, and enough water and snacks for the hike. A walking pole or hiking stick can provide stability and ease strain on your knees.

You may want to have your phone on a lanyard around your neck, as you will often need your hands. I found it a little difficult to hold my phone whilst also holding onto the rails/mountains to let people pass.

4. Inform someone of your plans.

Always let someone know your hiking plans, including the trail you’re taking and your estimated return time. You won’t always have phone reception on the trail. I usually let the hotel reception staff know what I’m doing, as well as a friend or family member.

5. Respect the environment.

It’s fairly obvious, but stay on designated paths to protect the delicate ecosystems along the levadas. Don’t disturb plants or wildlife. Dispose of rubbish properly and avoid littering.

6. Be mindful of other hikers.

Some levada trails can be narrow, so be courteous to other hikers. Yield the path to those going uphill, and use passing points if available. You may often find you need to jump up onto the concrete levada itself, in order to let people pass. When you do this, you may need at least one hand free to help sturdy yourself against the adjacent mountain or trees. Some people will walk faster than you and want to overtake; be aware of them and let them pass. 

7. Water and snacks.

Hydration is essential. Carry enough water, especially in warmer months. Refill at sources if available on the trail. Snacks like energy bars, nuts, and dried fruits can keep your energy up during the hike.

8. Check weather conditions.

Check the weather forecast before starting your hike. Avoid hiking in adverse weather conditions or during heavy rain. Some walking trails will be closed in adverse weather, or some sections will be closed and there will be a detour.

9. Take your time.

Enjoy the journey and take your time to soak in the breathtaking scenery. Stop for photos and rest often. I usually spend way longer than anticipated just taking it all in (and taking photos). You really have to immerse yourself in the views in order to fully appreciate them!

10. Stay safe in tunnels. 

Some Madeira levada trails include tunnels. Use a flashlight to navigate through them safely. Be cautious of slippery surfaces. I just use my phone torch – but admittedly it is not very bright and you would be better off with a proper torch. In any case, move very slowly through tunnels, the surfaces will be slippery and you can’t really see the ground.

11. Know your limits. 

If a trail becomes too challenging or conditions change unexpectedly, don’t hesitate to turn back. Safety should always be a priority. Some trails also have exit points and various stages of the trail – these are signposted. You can ask other hikers if you are unsure.

12. Local guidance. 

Consider hiring a local guide, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the area. They can enhance your experience and provide valuable insights. There are lots of small group tours and private tours available. 

13. Plan your transportation.

Arrange transportation to and from the trailhead in advance, as some levada hikes may not loop back to the starting point. I use the local taxis, which you can book via an app.

14. Enjoy the silence.

Embrace the tranquillity of the levadas. Listen to the sounds of nature, from the rushing water to bird songs. Being from a city, I always find this a difficult thing to get used to. But once you adapt, it truly is magical. 

Follow these tips, and you’ll be well-prepared to embark on a safe and unforgettable levada adventure.

Organised tours and levada walks in Madeira.

Below are some of the top-rated tours in Madeira, from my preferred tour operator Viator (I also use Get Your Guide as well, but Viator is my go-to).

  1. Local walks with Dino: a 5 star rated personal guide who runs a schedule of levada walks (see the link for details). Totally personalised to your preference and includes hotel drop off and pick up.
  2. Rabaçal / Risco / 25 Fountains Full-day walk: small group tours with a local, includes round-trip transport from some areas of Madeira.
  3. Caldeirão Verde Levadas Walk: A walking tour of Levada do Caldeirão Verde with a local guide.
  4. Full-Day Rabaçal Levada Walk from Funchal: 8 hour small group hike with a badge of excellence.
  5. Paradise Valley – Levada Walk: half-day walking tour from Funchal following the Levada da Serra do Faial.
  6. Levada Walk from Ribeiro Frio to Portela: 8-hour hike from Ribeiro Frio to Portela. Departing from Funchal, limited to 15 people per trip.
  7. Rabaçal 25 Fontes Levada Walk in Small Groups: Hike through to the centre of the forest to get a close-up look at the dramatic 25 Fontes and Risco waterfalls. Badge of excellence.
  8. Madeira Levada Walk – Caldeirao Verde: 5-hour hiking tour of the UNESCO-listed Queimadas Forest Park from Funchal. Also stops at the famous thatched houses in Santana.

These are just some of the tours available! See all levada walking tours on Viator.

Map of levada walks in Madeira.

The Google map below shows the starting points of all of the levada walks in Madeira as listed in this post. Click the blue icons to see more information about each place, or click the star to add to your own Google Maps. 

Further reading: The 20 best towns in Madeira (and where to stay in each one)

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about levada walks in Madeira.

Q: What are levada walks in Madeira?

A: Levada walks in Madeira are hiking trails that follow the ancient irrigation channels known as “levadas.” These trails provide hiking routes which allow you to explore the island’s breathtaking landscapes, including lush forests, waterfalls, and mountain vistas.

Q: Are levada walks suitable for all fitness levels?

A: Many Madeira levada walks are suitable for various fitness levels, with options ranging from easy, leisurely strolls to more challenging hikes. It’s essential to research each trail’s difficulty level and choose one that matches your fitness and hiking experience.

Q: Do I need any special equipment for levada walks?

A: Basic hiking gear such as comfortable walking shoes, water, sun protection, and weather-appropriate clothing is essential for your Madeira walk. In some cases, you might need a flashlight for tunnels on certain trails. Always check specific trail requirements before setting out.

Q: Can I do levada walks independently, or should I hire a guide?

A: You can do many levada walks independently, especially if you’re an experienced hiker and/or familiar with the trails. However, hiring a local guide can enhance your experience by providing insights into the region’s history, flora, and fauna while ensuring your safety.

Q: Is there an ideal time to go hiking on levada trails?

A: Madeira’s mild climate makes levada walks possible throughout the year. However, spring and autumn are often considered the best times due to pleasant weather and vibrant vegetation. Summer can be warmer, and some trails may be crowded.

Further reading: The Best Time to visit Madeira Island, Portugal.

Q: Are there any safety precautions I should take when hiking levadas?

A: Always inform someone of your hiking plans and estimated return time. Be cautious on narrow trails, especially when passing other hikers. Pay attention to trail markers, stay hydrated, and avoid venturing off the marked paths. In wet conditions, trails can become slippery, so wear appropriate footwear.

Q: Do I need a permit or pay fees to access levada walks?

A: Most levada walks are freely accessible to the public, and no permits are required. However, some Levada trails may have entrance fees or parking charges at specific access points. Check in advance for any fees associated with the particular hike you plan to undertake.

Q: What should I do if I encounter adverse weather while on a levada walk?

A: In case of unexpected rain or adverse weather conditions, prioritise your safety. Seek shelter if available, and wait for conditions to improve. If necessary, turn back and return to your starting point. Always check the weather forecast before embarking on a hike. You will always encounter wet and slippery conditions where there are waterfalls, regardless of weather.

Q: Are there any cultural or environmental guidelines I should follow during levada walks?

A: Respect the natural environment by not littering and refraining from picking plants or disturbing wildlife. Stay on marked trails to preserve the delicate ecosystems. If you encounter farmers or locals along the way, be courteous and ask for permission if taking photographs.

Q: Where can I find more information about levada walks in Madeira?

A: For up-to-date information on specific levada walks, trail conditions, and maps, contact local tourist offices, visit official tourism websites, or seek advice from experienced hikers and guides. These sources will provide you with valuable insights and resources for planning your Levada adventures in Madeira.

Q: Are there any age restrictions for levada walks in Madeira?

A: There are generally no specific age restrictions for Levada walks, but the suitability of a trail can vary. Families with children should choose easier, family-friendly routes, while more challenging trails may be better suited for adults and older children with hiking experience. Always consider the physical abilities of your group when selecting a trail.

Q: Can I swim in the levadas or waterfalls along the trails?

A: Swimming in the levadas or waterfalls along the trails is generally discouraged. Definitely don’t get in the levadas themselves – these waterways serve as essential sources of irrigation and water supply for the island. Some of the waterfalls have pools which you can swim in – check for signs before you take a dip.

Q: Are there restroom facilities along the levada walks?

A: Not really. Restroom facilities along the Levada walks are limited. Some starting points or popular trailheads may have basic facilities, but once on the trail, restroom options become scarce. Plan accordingly by using facilities before you begin your hike and be prepared for the lack of restroom stops during your adventure.

Q: Can I bring my dog on levada walks?

A: Bringing dogs on levada walks is generally allowed, but it’s essential to keep them on a lead to protect wildlife and prevent them from wandering off the trail. Ensure your dog is well-behaved and comfortable with the terrain, as some trails may involve narrow paths, tunnels, or steep sections that could be challenging for pets.

Further reading: Ultimate Madeira Travel Guide.

Q: Are there accommodations or places to eat along the levada trails?

A: Accommodations and dining options are limited directly along the Levada trails. It’s advisable to plan your hikes with provisions such as water, snacks, and a packed meal if you intend to spend a full day on the trails. Some starting points or nearby villages may offer restaurants and guest houses where you can find refreshments and meals before or after your hike. Sometimes I have seen poncha stands immediately after finishing a trail. Alcoholic Poncha is probably the last thing your body needs after a long hike – but it’s tempting!

Q: Which levada walk in Madeira can I see the island of Porto Santo from?

A: This levada walk is the Levada do Pico do Castelo, which is not listed above. There are various viewpoints of Porto Santo island and the Ilhéu de Baixo islet. I’ll add it to my list once I have visited again at some point in the future. 

Further reading: 25 Unique & Amazing Things to do on Madeira Island.

Below is an abridged version of my main Where to stay in Madeira post. You may also be interested in 14 of the Best Hotels in Madeira and My Review of the Savoy Saccharum resort & Spa Madeira.

Consider the following towns when deciding where to stay in Madeira. I have included links which will take you to if you would like to check prices. Click here to see all availability in Madeira.

a. Funchal

The capital city offers a wide range of accommodations, from luxury hotels to budget-friendly options. Funchal is bustling with restaurants, shops, and cultural attractions, making it a convenient base for exploring. It’s also a great choice if you want a mix of city life and coastal beauty. See prices and availability for Funchal.

Further reading: 29 Wonderful Things to do in Funchal, Madeira.

b. Calheta

This area is known for its golden sandy beach and is a great pick for those seeking a more relaxed and beach-oriented vacation. I stayed in Calheta in 2023 and wrote a review of the Savoy Saccharum Resort & Spa.

Calheta offers a selection of hotels and self-catering accommodations. See prices and availability for Calheta.

An aerial view of a beach and cliffs.
Praia Da Calheta

c. São Vicente

If you’re interested in exploring Madeira’s natural beauty, São Vicente offers a serene atmosphere nestled amidst mountains and valleys. It’s a great choice for nature lovers and hikers. See prices and availability for São Vicente.

d. Porto Moniz

Famous for its natural swimming pools, Porto Moniz is a picturesque coastal village. It’s an ideal spot for a peaceful getaway and is known for its unique volcanic landscapes. See prices and availability for Porto Moniz.

e. Machico

This historic town is close to the airport and offers a beautiful beach, making it convenient for a short stay or if you want easy access to transportation. See prices and availability for Machico.

f. Santana

Known for its charming A-frame houses and lush green surroundings, Santana provides a tranquil rural experience. See prices and availability for Santana.

g. Ponta do Sol

This sunny village is perfect if you’re looking for a quiet, laid-back atmosphere. It offers stunning sunsets and a peaceful ambiance. See prices and availability for Ponta do Sol.

h. Câmara de Lobos

A traditional fishing village with a vibrant local atmosphere, Câmara de Lobos is an excellent choice for experiencing authentic Madeiran culture. See prices and availability for Câmara de Lobos.

A group of boats on a beach.
Camara des Lobos

i. Ribeira Brava

This coastal town offers a mix of local life, historical sites, and beautiful sea views. I found it quite s imilar to Funchal but a lot less busy and with more of a local feel. See prices and availability for Ribeira Brava.

j. Ponta Delgada

Located on the north coast, Ponta Delgada is a small village known for its natural beauty and quietness. See prices and availability for Ponta Delgada.

Further reading: The 14 Best Hotels in Madeira, Portugal.

Accommodation in Madeira

Here is a map from showing hotels by location. You can zoom in, zoom out, drag and move the map. If you click the map, it will take you to where you can look more closely at your options.

I recommend reserving your room immediately to get the best price. It’s usually free to reserve, and you can always cancel later on. See the main Madeira page from

Booking links

Here are your booking links again, all in one place. These links will get you the best prices on today:

Hotels in Funchal | Hotels in Calheta | Hotels in São Vicente | Hotels in Porto Moniz | Hotels in Machico | Hotels in Santana | Hotels in Ponta do Sol | Hotels in Câmara de Lobos | Hotels in Ribeira Brava | Hotels in Ponta Delgada | All hotels in Madeira.

Further reading: The 20 best towns in Madeira (and where to stay in each one)

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