The North of Madeira using its miles of both wild and natural shore will provide you with an unforgettable scene using a unique flora and fauna and will help you realize the volcanic sources of that amazing island.
The North of the Island is only one hour’s drive from Funchal and also the discovery of that part of Madeira can help you recognize the island, its firm, the creativity and adaptability of its people, their courage and their audacity.
Madeira is a rich and extensive destination and we recommend all travelers to see the north of the island, and especially character and authenticity fans.
São Vicente Caves and Volcanism Centre
The Centre manages to convey culture and education in a really enjoyable manner by offering the people using audiovisual presentations of volcanic eruptions along with the arrival of a island.
Of Volcanic origin, the São Vicente Caves are composed of a set of lava tubes, as end result of the eruption that occurred 400 thousand decades back. www.grutasecentrodovulcanismo.com
The location is ideal for watching the two portions of the island. The Belvedere Boca da Encumeada is located on the edge of the island from which you’ll be able to see the north and the south east .
Tips: Pack a sweater or a coat because the temperature on the heights can be far colder than in the valley.
Madeirans no more reside in small triangular homes as revealed in postcards but you can still find a few ones at Santana. As a tourist, you will delight in a small village of renovated houses currently used as stores and the tourism area of Santana. While strolling you will see a few houses of this kind from the north of Madeira, yet this time they are used for storing gear and livestock.
Parque Temático da Madeira
This is an activity for the whole family: a visit to the theme playground of Madeira. The park’s primary motif is Madeira, its people, its traditions, its roots, its own history. A good approach to find the background of Madeira at a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. You will notice the traditional crafts of this island, you will find out how bread was made, and how to utilize wicker. In one word, you will wind up in the history of those islands.
Adults: 10 euros, children: 8 euros
Open every day from 10:00 to 19:00
Madeira Jeep Tour
Fortunately you won’t need to shoot with a rifle on local animals (actually there are very few big animals in Madeira due to the moderate size of the island) but you’ll need to hang on tight to where you could because the road is irregular and you may be contested all the way through! The Safari Tour will take you to the core of the forests of Madeira.
The Safari Tour team is extremely professional. They understand and appreciate their island. They will help you find the authentic Madeira and will take you to the different parts of the island.
Tips: Choose the areas you want to determine with the help of your guide and, according to your budget and your tastes, reserve it for two weeks or for the whole day. The north of Madeira Island.
Seixal Waterfall (Véu da Noiva)
Within this enchanting northern town, using ist little terraces where the regional grapes have been grown, is a tiny black-sanded shore named Praia p Laje. It also has two natural swimming pools. From the Belvedere of Seixal you may observe the Bridal Veil (Véu de noiva), a waterfall which flows to the ocean.
Pico do Arieiro
In Madeira the deep azure sea, the intouched forests and wildlife of a rare wonder, the flora and fauna are just amazing, but that is not all!
If you choose to rent a car or choose a tour (difficult access by public transport) visit among the three greatest peaks in the gorgeous underwater island: Pico do Arieiro.
When you’ve attained among the greatest peaks at the island, then sit for a moment and breath the pure air and enjoy the extraordinary views of the mountains of Madeira. At times, you may notice little houses isolated in the mountains. The legend claims that the people that live there have never seen the sea and also that the richness and beauty of this Mountain of Madeira are sufficient to make them all happy.
Tips: Pico do Arieiro is partially accessible for people with reduced mobility and contains a little parking. Before”conquering” the mountains’, take a fast glance at the port to realize how many cruise ships arrived in the morning; which will provide you a small idea of how silent it is.
Porto Moniz (Natural Pools)
Take your car and go to the north of Madeira and discover Seixal along with Porto Moniz.
With new roads, throw in the mountains, the excursion that took before the entire day, will probably be carried out in 1 hour! In the region of Porto Moniz, you can find three natural swimming pools filled with salt water, as well as a single organic sand shore.
The pools have been formed by natural volcanic stone constructions which allow the cool, refreshing sea water to go into each tide, offering a refreshing experience to people who swim in them. With the aid of a mask, it is possible to respect the small fish that swim freely in the bottom of the pools.
Do not miss the natural pools, a special attraction for 1-2 euros.