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Time Zone

Western European (GMT+1)

Known for

 Beaches, cuisine and wine

Official Language

Portuguese

Discover the Allure of Portugal

Experience time-honored traditions, culinary delights and warm hospitality in stunning Madeira, Portugal. This lush Portuguese island, known as the "Pearl of the Atlantic," captivates with its dramatic landscapes, from soaring mountains to terraced vineyards cascading towards the sea. Madeira's allure extends far beyond its breathtaking beauty, encompassing a rich tapestry of traditions, cuisine, and warm island hospitality.

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A Surfer’s Paradise

Known for attracting wave riders from around the world, Portugal provides fantastic surfing conditions for both beginners and seasoned pros. Stop by Jardim do Mar on the southwest coast of Madeira for renowned waves. Whether you're looking for a bustling beach with thrilling water sports or a more secluded spot for suntanning and relaxation, Madeira has it all.

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Historic Must-Sees

Every step through Portugal's historical landmarks reveals the nation's rich tapestry of culture and heritage dating back thousands of years. Discover iconic landmarks such as the Laurissilva Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or marvel at the picturesque scenery while visiting Cabo Girão, one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe.

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Madeira’s Most Popular Destinations

From traditional towns to serene natural landscapes, Madeira beckons you to immerse yourself in its unique charm and create memories that will last a lifetime. Journey to Funchal Old Town, a charming district filled with narrow streets, colorful buildings, and traditional architecture. Or visit the Monte Palace Tropical Garden to view the enchanting botanical garden.

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A Taste of Paradise

From the fresh seafood to robust flavors of hearty meat dishes, Portugal's cuisine is an array of flavors with traditional recipes and centuries-old culinary traditions. Savor the aromatic spices and tender meats of traditional dishes like the cozido à portuguesa, a flavorful meat and vegetable stew, or the fragrant arroz de marisco, a sumptuous seafood rice dish. Prepare to embark on a culinary journey that will awaken your senses, as Portugal's love for good food takes you on an enchanting adventure you won't soon forget.

Part of the European Collection

As a member you can visit coastal and island destinations across Europe. Rather than replicate every benefit of service you associate with Unlimited-Luxury®, these counterparts introduce the European style of vacationing and offer several models of service and stay options, including Bed & Breakfast, half board and all-inclusive. Learn more about the European Collection here.

Portugal Resorts

Resort Views
Dreams Madeira Resort Spa & Marina Madeira
Dreams Madeira Resort Spa & Marina guarantees an exceptional experience full of fun and relaxation in the sun for couples, friends and families. It provides fully renovated facilities, large outdoor areas, a choice of international gourmet restaurants, and activities for guests of all ages and interests.

Events in Madeira

 Check out these local events that showcase Madeira’s rich culture.

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Madeira Carnival

February
Madeira Carnival is one of the most anticipated events on the island. The carnival features colorful parades with elaborately decorated floats, live music, dancing, and extravagant costumes. The main parades take place in Funchal, where locals and visitors come together to celebrate with joy and excitement.

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Flower Festival

May

Celebrate the blooming of spring with the Madeira Flower Festival with intricately designed floats adorned with beautiful flowers parading through the streets of Funchal. Enjoy concerts, exhibitions, and various flower-themed events across the island.

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Madeira Wine Festival

September

The Madeira Wine Festival pays tribute to the island's famous fortified wine and its winemaking traditions. The festival features grape treading, wine tastings, street entertainment, live music, and exhibitions. Visitors can also witness the parade of locals dressed in traditional attire, carrying baskets of grapes on their heads.

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Christmas and New Year's Celebrations

November
Madeira is renowned for its extravagant Christmas and New Year's celebrations. Funchal transforms into a sparkling wonderland, with festive lights, decorations, and fireworks displays. The most famous event is the New Year's Eve fireworks show, which holds the Guinness World Record for the largest fireworks display in the world.

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