Welcome to Madeira

  Welcome to this site for visitors to Madeira. I hope it helps you to find places of interest on the island and to visit them. For general information on transport, see Getting Around and for what you need to know before you set out on foot, see Walking . Information on specific activities and destinations can be found in the menu. The main focus is on places you can visit in a day trip from Funchal, but we'll also look at some further-flung options if you're a repeat visitor or if you're staying for some time. NOTE: The official tourism website has been reorganised. For up-to-date information on the status of the official walking routes, check the page [you can change the language at the top] provided by the Institute for Forests and the Conservation of Nature ( IFCN ).

Bus Changes, 1st July - and free travel!

  Bus transport is changing in Madeira, with the aim of providing a modern network with integrated ticketing under the name SIGA . Starting on 1st July, on routes historically operated by SAM, EACL and Rodoeste, you'll start to see new white buses with the SIGA branding. HF buses will retain their present yellow livery for now, with an additional SIGA logo. The initial ticketing changes will mostly affect pass-holders as through-ticketing won't be available to start with. Eventually, there will be one ticketing system covering Madeira and Porto Santo, but the changes are being implemented in phases. The Getting Around page has been updated accordingly. Also, it has been announced in the press that public transport in Madeira and Porto Santo will be free on 1st July. That could go either way...

Atlantic Festival - June Music and Fireworks

  June is Atlantic Festival month, with weekly fireworks displays from companies hoping for the New Year contract and an array of music and entertainment - mostly, but not exclusively, along the Funchal waterfront. This year you can experience Opera at the Pico - a series of concerts with an operatic theme staged at the Fortaleza do Pico with elevated views over the harbour. There will also be a market and concerts around the Praça do Povo. Events will intertwine with the Regional Arts Week (4th to 9th June) around the Avenida Arriaga and the Atlantic Nautical Festival (5th to 10th June). Machico will get its own fireworks show (7th June) and will host a "Sixteenth Century Market" (7th-9th June). Fireworks will also be see in Porto Santo on June 21st. For further details, see the full programme here .

Levada do Furado reopens with detour

According to local media, the popular Levada do Furado trail (PR10), which has been closed after significant damage in March caused by a landslide, has reopened between Ribeiro Frio and Portela - but with a detour that bypasses the damaged section of the levada.  Owing to the extent of the reconstruction required and the difficulty of getting materials to the site, the original route is likely to be closed for some time. The alternative route, which diverges approximately 7.2km from Ribeiro Frio before returing to rejoin the levada at Lamaceiros, has been signposted, but involves a climb over the Pico do Suna  and adds around 1km to the journey, making it a rather different proposition to the largely flat original route.  The IFCN website had not (as of 8th May 2024) been updated with the new information.

Saturday Concerts in Funchal Cathedral

On Saturdays between 4th May and 8th June (with the exception of May 18th) there will be a series of midday concerts in Funchal Cathedral. The varied programme includes music for mandolins and guitars, for the recorder, ancient music, a children's choir and a female choral group.  You can find details here .

Porto Santo Flights Until 22nd September

The national government has extended the contract for the air service from Madeira to Porto Santo until 22nd September.  There has been a succession of contract extensions which have led to problems with booking flights as the various deadlines have approached.  There is as yet no sign of a long-term solution. The ferry service continues as usual.

Walking Routes Update (12th April)

On 12th April, IFCN announced the re-opening of the following walking routes:     PR 15 - Vereda da Ribeira da Janela     PR 16 - Levada Fajã do Rodrigues The routes that remain closed are:     PR 1 - Vereda do Areeiro - Vereda Este (via Pico das Torres)     PR 4 - Levada do Barreiro     PR 7 - Levada do Moinho     PR 10 – Levada do Furado     PR 19 - Caminho real do Paul do Mar     PR 20 - Vereda do Jardim do Mar     PR 23 - Levada da Azenha In addition, there are partial closures of routes PR 3 (Vereda do Burro) and PR 12 (Caminho Real da Encumeada). The full list of the current state of walking routes can be found on the  IFCN website. The temporary partial closure of PR 3 is described here . The partial closure of PR 12 for work on the hydroelectric plant continues. These closures are for the safety of visitors and it is an offence to use the routes when they're closed.