Madeira Island is the largest island on the 4-isle Madeira Archipelago, famed for its green, rugged, volcanic landscape with high cliffs, pebble beaches and delta river settlements. This is an outstanding spot for outdoor adventures like exploring the PR8 Verada da Ponta de São Lourenço headland with its rich flora and wildlife viewing opportunities. Adventurous types will also enjoy the climb to the peak of Pico Ruivo, the tallest mountain on the island, with breath-taking panoramic views of the entire island for miles in every direction.

    To soak up the local culture, visit the Farmers’ Market, held in a historic venue in the heart of the settlement of Funchal. Here, you’ll find fresh produce, arts and crafts. Also in Funchal is the CR7 Museu, a museum dedicated to the life and accomplishments of Portugese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. Golfers will want to shoot 18 holes at the championship-level course at Palheiro Golf resort. For a passionate, romantic excursion, take a trip to 25 Fontes Falls for its wealth of cascading waterfalls and bay forest surroundings.

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