Top 10 Tips To Discover Madeira- Especially If You're a Cristiano Ronaldo Fan!
Football is and always has been a very big deal in my house. My son plays football ever since he turned 4 years old. Ajax & Real Madrid are his favorite clubs, Cristiano Ronaldo is his idol, the player he aspires to be. When we were talking about where our next trip should be, Madeira came up. Frankly, we didn’t know much about this island apart for the fact that it’s where Ronaldo grew up, and so we decided to go and explore what this island is all about thanks to Ronaldo however, we found so much more!
Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal and is part of an archipelago of four islands off the northwest coast of Africa, this is the main island. The capital city of Madeira is Funchal and here begins your trip. The island is very green, volcanic scenery, with high cliffs & pebbly beaches and small villages along the deltas of the Fajã River. Very picturesque!
Where to stay…
For us it was a no brainer! We chose Ronaldo’s hotel and it didn’t disappoint!
It is so cool! Located right in the harbor of Funchal, it offers easy access to anywhere on the island you wish to explore. The rooms as well as every area of the hotel are stylish and filled with the Ronaldo’s touch- Framed shirts, football yet sophisticated decor touches, a gym on the rooftop based on the training regime of Ronaldo, a fabulous swimming pool and bar overlooking the city, and when breakfast is served, healthy eating tips from Ronaldo are displayed on the table. Next door you have the CR7 museum and it will blow you away! Whether you’re a fan or not, once you walk through this ‘Hall of Fame’ and see just all that he has achieved and against all odds might I add, you can not not admire how far he has come and just how unique his talent it. As a guest of the hotel, tickets to the museum are included in the price.
Top 10 things to do in Madeira:
Enjoy wandering around Funchal. Go for a walk on the cobblestone streets of the Old Town. Funchal's funkiest street is Rua de Santa Maria which is a car-free zone, Funchal's best restaurants, and bars are also located in this area. Don’t miss visiting Arte de Portas Abertas where hundreds of colorful paintings are painted on the doors. Look at the beautiful architecture around you and the different museums you can explore. There is a small park right at the center of town where local artists sell their goods during the day. History is all around you…The 17th-century Capela da Boa Viagem, the Cathedral and Capela do Corpo Santo.
Visit Mercado dos Lavradores: The main market of Funchal where you can find flowers, fruit, and souvenirs.
Visit the CR7 museum.
Enjoy Funchal’s waterfront. We did that using the SitWay which is like the Segway only you sit down. It was really good fun!
Don’t miss going up the mountain using the Teleférico-cable car! The views of the seafront and the city are sensational! Go to Monte Palace Tropical Garden while you’re up there. Theeee BEST way to come back down the mountain is in a BASKET, yes that’s right I said basket! It was crazy fun! They are called toboggan rides, NOTE: They don’t go all the way to the bottom of the hill, from there you can either walk down which takes around 35 minutes or take a taxi. Make sure they use the meter – the taxi journey should cost around €8-€10 euros. http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/explore/detalhe/monte-sledges
Visit Cabo Girao: The 580-meter-high cliffs offer splendid views of the ocean and the towns of Camara De Lobos and Funchal. A unique way to take in the views is by walking the glass skywalk on top. It took a couple of minutes to get used to it but then the views around you take over and you forget all about it.
Visit Sao Vincente: Here you’ll find 700 meters of volcanic caves you walk through, these were created almost a million years ago. The countryside leading here is gorgeous too!
A place NOT TO BE MISSED- Porto Moniz: Towering mountains and views over the deep blues of the Atlantic Ocean create quite the dramatic vibe. The biggest attraction here are the seawater filled lava pools. Close to Porto Moniz is the Levada da Ribeira da Janela, one of the finest areas to hike in Madeira.
Visit Ponta Do Sol: You won’t just find breathtaking views here but the sun shines here for more hours than on the rest of the island.
Take a cruise to enjoy the waters and spot dolphins and whales in the process.
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