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 ).

Route from Pico do Areeiro to Pico Ruivo Now Open

As previously reported , the trail has been closed owing to a rockfall. According to the local press (8th September), the trail is now open again after debris was removed and repairs completed.  The the official website was (at the time of posting this) last updated on 6th September when the trail was closed, but will hopefully shortly be updated again.

Start of the "Culture Season"

September sees the various cultural institutions returning from their summer break. Today (7th September) there are a variety of activities in and around the Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias to celebrate their new season. On 8th September, the Orquestra de Bandolins e Guitarras do Conservatório performs the first Conservatório  student concert of the new school year at 6pm in the Assembleia Legislativa. And on 9th September,  the first concert of the new season of the Orquestra Clássica da Madeira takes place in the Centro de Congressos at 6pm.

Closure of route from Pico do Areeiro to Pico Ruivo

Local newspapers are reporting (4th September) a statement from the Institute of Forests and Nature Conversation that a rockfall has closed the popular walking route between Pico do Areeiro and Pico Ruivo and that the route will remain closed until it has been cleared.  The last update to the status of trails on the official website was (so far) on 18th July, so it's probably best to consult one of the tourist information offices for updates.

Wine Festival, 27th August - 17th September

  The Madeira Wine Festival begins on 27th August and runs for 3 weeks through to 17th September. You can get a full programme here. From 27th-31st August, there will be various performances celebrating European Foklore Week.  From 31st August to 17th September there'll be stalls along the Avenida Arriaga selling products from the Madeira Wine, Embroidery and Handicrafts Institute. The Madeira Wine Lounge will also be open during this period on the Praça do Povo by the sea front offering a variety of opportunities to sample local food, wine and entertainment. Please note that you may have to book for some of the activities on offer. The traditional celebration of the grape harvest takes place in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos on 9th September.

Summer Concerts

Just a reminder that the annual programme of free summer concerts continues at a number of venues across the island, mostly in Funchal but also including Ponta Delgada and Ribeira Brava. They're all on Fridays at 6pm and you can find more information here .