This charming scenic route in the east of the Atlantic island Madeira takes you to breathtaking volcanic landscapes, delightful coastal towns and even to the island’s highest peak. At the end of the tour, Madeira’s exotic capital Funchal offers you an insight into its exciting city life.
The route starts off at the charming viewpoint Cabo Girão, one of Europe’s highest peaks. From there you can enjoy great views of the beautiful and pristine coastline. Getting further inland, we get to see the small town of Quinta Grande and the stunning São Vicente with its underground grottoes. Among the route’s gems are also the port town of Ponta Delgada and the town of Santana, famous for its thatched houses. From there you can already see Pico Ruivo, Madeira’s highest peak. At a height of 1862 meters, it offers breathtaking views of the island’s hinterland. Last but not least, the route also includes Madeira’s capital, Funchal, which gives an unique insight in the island’s culture and lifestyle.
You should start the tour in the early morning in order to enjoy the views from Madeira’s picturesque coast undisturbed.
The coastal street is narrow and therefore has several blind curves. That’s why you should mind the speed limits and drive carefully.
Sturdy shoes, rainwear and provisions
From Madeira Airport – Cristiano Ronaldo (FNC) near Santa Cruz to Ponta do Sol by VR1 and VE3 (total distance: about 25 miles; total length: approx. 40 minutes).
Please look out for signposted parking areas alongside the route.