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Encosta Cabo Girão

Cabo Girão, Madeira

One of the best islands in the world

Posted by Luci Ackers on Feb 19, 2016
One of the best islands in the world

Can Madeira do it again?

For 2015 Madeira was voted 6th place in the Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Awards for the top 10 islands in the world. What an achievement! Can Madeira beat its score for 2016?

This charming little island in the North Atlantic ocean has a great number of things going for it. Don't miss these five which ranked highest on Tripadvisor and have earned their certificate of excellence...


Madeira's capital city is a vibrant place with lots to see and do. There are a number of historic and cultural places to visit and a great many colourful gardens too. Make sure to pay the city a visit.

Monte Cable Car and Palace Gardens

Jump aboard the cable car at Funchal and travel the 15 minute journey of around 3,200 metres up over the city. You'll have great views over Funchal and the pretty harbour beyond. Once at the station in Monte you can alight to explore the exquisite Palace Gardens (pictured at the top).

Ponta de São Lourenço

Visit the nature reserve that is located toward the east of Madeira for wonderful views of the Atlantic and stunning rock formations. This is a beautifully untouched area of the island.

Pico Ruivo

Pico Ruivo is the highest point of the whole archipelago. The mountain top is right up in the clouds and can only be reached by foot. If it's a clear day you will be rewarded with incredible views of the island below you. The hike to the top is a tricky one and if you fancy really testing yourself, one of the most popular routes is from Pico do Arieiro, another of the island's highest mountains.

Cabo Girão

For something a little different visit Cabo Girão, one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Located towards the south of the island Cabo Girão is now home to an excellent glass-bottomed viewing platform and skywalk, more than 500 metres above sea level.

Discover this magnificent island for yourself. Find out how to stay near Cabo Girão by entering your details below.

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Luci Ackers
Author: Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

2 Comments related to this article
Hugh Lamont 11 September 2016
Hi. We're thinking about booking for early February. What's your opinion of that sort of time for the weather?
Luci Ackers 14 September 2016

Hi there Hugh,

Thanks for your comment. With weather it is always hard to say! As far as I am aware the average temperature for the area around Encosta Cabo Girão and across in Funchal is about 15º or 16ºC in February. In 2016 February was pretty good (better than England), and varied from 13º to 20ºC. I hope this helps a bit, and I hope you have a lovely time if you do decide to go.


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