Best Viewpoints in Madeira
As far as viewpoints are concerned, you are in for a real treat. The famous miradouros of Madeira are located in the 4 corners of the island. Some are easy to find and others are more hidden at the end of little paths; all reveal sensational views of lush vegetation, small villages nestled in the heart of the mountains, views of cliffs or the most beautiful beaches of Madeira.
We have selected here for you some of the best viewpoints in Madeira. Treat yourself to this free pleasure by discovering the best miradouros of Madeira.
Miradouro das Cabanas
Arco de Sao Jorge
Miradouro das Cabanas, "Cabanas viewpoint" is a miradouro little known to travellers who stay in Madeira. Located between Sao Jorge and Arco de Sao Jorge it offers panoramic views of these villages and, on a clear day, you can see the island of Porto Santo.
Miradouro das Cabanas is located 50 minutes by car from Funchal, on the Northeast coast of the main island.
This miradouro, ranked among the best viewpoints in Madeira, is located 50 minutes by car from Funchal; enter the "Parque Natural do Ribeiro Frio", park on the roadside and follow the sign indicating "central faja da nogueira" to reach this exceptional site also classified as one of the best instagrammable spots in Madeira.
Allow a 30-minute walk (1 hour round trip) from the car park. Open your eyes wide, wait for the right moment, the right light, and take the perfect photo of this unique place in the world.
Eira do Serrado Viewpoint
Curral das Freiras - Funchal
Drive 20 minutes from Funchal and find yourself immersed in a completely different universe, the valley of the nuns and the village of Curral das Freiras. One of the best views of this place is from the miradouro "Eira do Serrado" classified among the best viewpoints in Madeira. Get there by car from Funchal or by bus (line no 81- stop "Entrada Eira Serrado)".
Nowadays, a road joins Funchal to the village, but Curral das Freiras was for centuries totally isolated from the rest of the island and was inhabited only by nomadic shepherds or slaves who took refuge in this secret place, difficult to access from the city. Little by little they built houses and settled there permanently. A short and easy hike of a few kilometres will take you to this exceptional place.
Miradouro das Neves
Miradouros das Neves is the best viewpoint to have a 360-degree view of Funchal. Located on the road to the airport, it offers an exceptional view over the bay of Funchal.
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This viewpoint is located 10 minutes by car Funchal’s city centre (Sao Gonçalo) and 30 minutes by public transport (from the "Téléférico Termino" stop).
Pico Ruivo Viewpoint
Climb to the Miradouro do Pico Ruivo, at an altitude of nearly 2000m and be delighted by an unforgettable spectacle of lush flora and fauna. If you are lucky and on a clear day, you can see the village of "Curral das Freiras" also called "Nun's Valley" which is considered to be one of the best instagrammable spots in Madeira. You can also see, from this promontory, the "Ponta de Sao Lourenço" and even the island of Porto Santo.
This Miradouro is located just a 40-minute drive from the centre of Funchal. Do you want to see more? Hike between Pico Ruivo and Pico do Arieiro, a must for outdoor sports and nature enthusiasts.
Câmara De Lobos
Less hidden than the Miradouro dos Balcoes, Cabo Girao is one of Madeira's must-see. Nestled on the highest promontory in Europe, it offers breathtaking views of the ocean and Madeira. Located 20 minutes by car from Funchal, Cabo Girao is one of the best instagrammable spots in Madeira.
With its completely transparent glass platform you will have the impression of being suspended in the air.
Discover this amazing and free place and blow up your Instagram account by sharing the most amazing places in this dazzling destination.
Miradouro do Precipicio
Fajã da Ovelha
Paul de Mar and Jardim do Mar are a surfer's paradise. Facing the ocean, these two towns which meet at low tide, are home to lush vegetation; here everything just grows and grows. You will also find great cafes and restaurants, not just trendy but very beautiful and welcoming; enjoy fresh fruit juices made from local mangoes or bananas from Madeira and sample the fish, walk or surf whilst basking in the sun.
There are many villas, guesthouses and surfhouses in Paul de Mar and Jardim do Mar. You can come there for the day or decide to stay there. It is another way of experiencing Madeira, more oriented towards water sports, healthy food and relaxation. The Miradouro de Paul de Mar is also called “Miradouro do Precipicio” which is actually the name of the restaurant adjoining this viewpoint. Search for "Precipicio Restaurante" and you will find the exact location of this Miradouro which offers perfect views of this little paradise.
Santo Antonio da Serra
It is not Madeira’s most famous viewpoint but it is nevertheless one of the most extraordinary. The "Miradouro da Portela" offers sublime views of nature, the hills, the ocean and the villages of Porto da Cruz, Penha d'Aguia and Santana.
Miradouro da Portela is located a 50-minute drive from Funchal (road ER202). Park nearby and enjoy a meal in one of the three restaurants near this spectacular miradouro.
Ponta de Rosto
Located in Caniçal, "Miradouro Ponta do Rosto" offers exceptional views of the North and South coast of the island of Madeira. On a clear day, you can even see the sublime island of Porto Santo and its long beaches classified among the best beaches in Madeira.
This Miradouro is located at the northeastern tip of Madeira Island, close to "Ponta de Sao Lourenço", one of the best instagrammable spots in Madeira. Park in the Miradouro car park (30 min by car from Funchal) and treat yourself to an unforgettable walk.
Located a 20 minutes’ drive from "Cababanas Viewpoint", Guindaste Viewpoint is also one of the best viewpoints in Madeira. Located in the north of the island, this miradouro offers exceptional views of the cliffs that flow into the sea.
Do not miss a visit to Porto da Cruz and its sublime beach. It is also possible to swim in the seawater pool located below this exceptional miradouro. From here you can see up to Sao Lourenço point and on clear days, up to the island of Porto Santo.
Cristo Rei Viewpoint
Also ranked as one of Madeira's best Instagrammable places, Madeira's Cristo Rei (located in Garaujo, 20 minutes by car from Funchal) is a perfect Instagrammable spot to intrigue your followers. Are you in Rio, in Lisbon? They cannot quite locate this place still little known to travellers who visit Madeira.
Veu da Noiva Viewpoint
It is perhaps the most incredible miradouro in Madeira. This miradouro is located between Seixal and Sao Vicente (do not miss to visit the beaches of Seixal classified among the most beautiful in Madeira). This little Miradouro, hidden in the Northwest of the island of Madeira, will reveal to you the "Veu da Noiva" waterfall, considered one of the best instagrammable spots in Madeira.
The miradouro "Veu da Noiva" is located 40 minutes by car from Funchal. You can also discover it by booking your tours and activities in Madeira, such as a "Private Western Madeira Island Tour".
Porto Santo Island
Portela Viewpoint is the name of a miradouro located near Porto Cruz in the north of the main island, but it is also the name of the most beautiful miradouro in Porto Santo, the second inhabited island of the Madeira archipelago.
You will no doubt be drawn by the amazingly long beaches of Porto Santo, classified as the most beautiful beaches of Madeira but you should not miss to take to the heights to enjoy exceptional views of this magnificent island.
Portela viewpoint is located just a 5- minute drive from where the ferry drops you off. The easiest way is to book your tickets for a ferry crossing to Funchal as well as your tour of Porto Santo with a specialized guide. The guide will definitely take you to the Portela viewpoint and to less well-known places or difficult to access by pedestrians.
Do you want to treat yourself to pure moments of relaxation? Book your accommodation in Porto Santo. There is a range of wellness hotels designed to help you forget your problems and take care of your body and mind.
The sand of Porto Santo is renowned for its health virtues and its amazingly long beaches which delight both young and old. Did you know that this is where Christiano Ronaldo's mum comes to sunbathe? Who knows, you might bump into her during your stay in Madeira.
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