After three days at sea out to the Canary Islands, Madeira, otherwise known as the Garden Island, is likely to be your first stop.It is the most beautiful island with a wonderful display of sub-tropical plants and flowers. A few months before this film was made, in the dry heat there was a terrible bush fire that destroyed homes and killed three people. The results were seen from the cable car.


This film shows most of the island tourist places, the bus tour, cable car and old town. You can walk into town from the ship and along the promenade.
It is hardly surprising that large and colourful flower markets are one of the most arresting features of Funchal, Madeira’s capital, though next door is the fish market that reminds you the island has a history of working the sea. Fado music is the local music about poverty, working at sea and loss. Madeira is also known for its aquarium where you can dive with sharks, rays, morays and hundreds of other fish. Whale and dolphin watching are other featured activities for visitors.Find your ship’s chat site  +  share your pictures  +  experiences to help others  The market town is easily walkable but the further you go the steeper and narrower some of the streets become. On Rua Santa Maria, where there are many restaurants, art work can be found on most of the doors as this film shows. Sometimes you can smell the aroma of the locally made wicker furniture. Lacework and tapestries are also local trades as is the ubiquitous very sweet Madeira wine. There is a lot to see here and an over night is special. Places to see, the bank opposite the Cathedral, Rue Santa Maria, the Cable car, Gardens and Toboggan ride. We also show you the glass cliff top platform and bus tour.



The fishing village of Camara de Lobos where Churchill went to paint, is also worth a visit.  Camacha, the wicker centre; the Levada walks, part of an ancient irrigation system; and to Reids Hotel for traditional afternoon tea, making cruises to Madeira a must do. Many of these sites and more feature in our Madeira film.

See the film on the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens or the Toboggan Ride

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Tours available from your ship will probably include

  1. Tea at Reid’s
  2. Famous Toboggan Ride
  3. Evening with Folklore (if overnight)
  4. Deep Sea Fishing
  5. Cable Car and Toboggan
  6. Levada Walk
  7. Jeep Adventure
  8. Discover Whales and Dolphins by ‘rib’.
  9. The Caves of São Vicente
  10. Eco City Tour, Tuhxi Madeira
  11. Farmers Market and Botanical Gardens
  12. Leisurely Scenes of Madeira

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