The 23 Best Instagram Spots In Madeira (2024)

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Looking for the best Madeira Instagram spots to fill your feed with the island’s breathtaking beauty? Look no further!

On my solo trip to Madeira I discovered exactly why this island is so often called the Hawaii of Europe. From misty golden sunsets to plummeting waterfalls, lush forests and azure volcanic pools, this beautiful island is filled with gorgeous photo spots that will take your breath away!

To help you navigate the picturesque locations from Funchal to Porto da Cruz, I’ve put together a list of the top spots to capture as well as a map to help you find all the hidden gems and scenic viewpoints that you won’t want to miss.

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The Best Madeira Photo Spots For Instagram

1. Ponta de São Lourenço (Point of Saint Lawrence)

Ponta de São Lourenço

Ponta de São Lourenço is located at the easternmost point of Madeira Island and is a gorgeous spot with dramatic volcanic cliffs and a stunning ocean views that will take your breath away. Hike the 3.7-mile trail to see all the incredible rock formations and coastal photo opps.

2. Fanal Forest

fanal forest on misty day

Fanal Forest is one of the world’s only remaining Laurisilva forests, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The enchanting ancient forest is filled with centuries-old laurel trees shrouded in mist and has an ethereal atmosphere that feels like something straight out of a fairy tale. With its unique, otherworldly charm and constantly shifting light, Fanal Forest is undoubtedly one of the best photo spots in Madeira, offering photographers endless inspiration and captivating scenery.

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3. Porto Moniz Natural Pools

A visit to Porto Moniz is a must on any trip to Madeira. This coastal town leaves a lasting impression thanks to its natural rock pools, stunning ocean views, and unique volcanic landscape. For incredible photos, visit the two free saltwater lava pools this town is famous for. After all, where else can you float in a pool carved from a tongue of volcanic lava flowing into the ocean?

4. Santana Houses

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The traditional Santana Madeira houses, found in the north of the island, are iconic symbols of the island’s rich cultural heritage. These traditional A-frame homes, with their distinctive triangular thatched roofs and red, white, and blue colors, offer a unique look at the history and traditions of Madeira.

READ NEXT: Why You Should Visit Madeira‘s Traditional Santana Houses

5. Monte Palace Botanical Gardens

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Monte Palace in Funchal is home to stunning tropical gardens filled with Asian-style pagodas, walkways, and a huge collection of exotic plants and flowers. As you wander through the lush, leafy paradise, you’ll also find traditional, painted Portuguese tiles and sculptures.

6. Cascata dos Anjos (Angel’s Waterfall)

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Cascata dos Anjos is a gorgeous natural waterfall located in Ponta de Sol, just 30 minutes outside of Funchal. This captivating waterfall flows directly over the road, creating a unique opportunity to drive through the cascading water. This is one of the most unique photo spots in Madeira!

7. Seixal Beach

Seixal is a charming village with one of the most unique black sand beaches set amongst a majestic mountain backdrop studded with cascading waterfalls. Near Porto Moniz, Seixal Beach is a 40-minute drive from Funchal with plenty of easy parking. Make your way to Seixal Bech before dawn to watch an incredible sunrise from atop the soft black sand.

READ NEXT: The 17 Best Beaches in Cascais, Portugal

8. Pico Arieiro

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One of the top Instagram spots in Madeira, the jaw-dropping views and steep cliffs of Pico do Arieiro, the third highest peak on the island, will fill you with an unforgettable sense of awe. This peak is famous for its beautiful 6-mile hike surrounded by mountain peaks and clouds. Keep in mind the terrain is difficult with a 3000-foot (1000m) incline on the return trip. Don’t worry, there are handrails for support!

9. Crane Viewpoint (Miradouro do Guindaste)

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One place in Madeira that’s already super popular on Instagram is the Crane Viewpoint located on the island’s north coast. While it’s a little hidden, it’s totally worth finding. I truly think this is one of the most beautiful spots in all of Madeira!

The viewpoint is named after the guindaste, a type of crane that was once used to load and unload ships in the nearby port. It faces eastward, making it a great spot for sunrise shots. Visit in the morning if you want to beat the clouds and the crowds.

10. Serrado Viewpoint (Miradouro Eira do Serrado)

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Madeira’s Serrado is one of the best viewpoints that gives you a clear view of the Nuns Valley, surrounded by Madeira’s lush green mountains. Situated in the mountainous interior of Câmara de Lobos, this spot is right in the heart of the island. You can get there by following a footpath starting near the Estalagem da Eira do Serrado.

11. Cabo Girao

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Cape Girao is a magnificent sea cliff on the south coast of Madeira. This spot is the second-highest seacliff in the world, offering awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding island. For the best photos, head to the Cabo Girão Skywalk, a glass-floor viewpoint that sits 580 meters above the ground on Europe’s highest seacliff.

12. Garganta Funda Waterfall Viewpoint

Garganta waterfall

Another stunning spot you won’t want to miss is the Garganta Funda Waterfall on the west coast of Madeira. While most waterfalls in Madeira are located deep in the forests or along challenging levada trails, this gorgeous waterfall can be reached in a short hike.

PS: For more waterfalls, lush greenery and epic views, check out my Azores solo travel guide!

13. Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela

Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela

Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela is a set of three striking and unique rock formations located just a short drive from the natural pools of Porto Moniz. Featureing dramatic black basalt rocks that jut out of the sea, this is a must-visit for anyone exploring the island.

14. Miradouro do Ninho da Manta

Miradouro do Ninho da Manta is an incredible viewpoint located in the mountainous region of Madeira. Perched high above the valleys, it offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and rugged terrain. This vantage point is well known for its magical sunrises.

15. Portela Viewpoint (Ponto Santo)

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Portela Viewpoint in Ponto Santo is one of those hidden gems in Madeira that just takes your breath away. Located on the northern part of the island, it offers incredible views of the lush, green valleys and towering mountains.

16. Lavradores Market (Funchal)

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Lavradores Market in Funchal is a colorful Instagram spot. With exotic fruits and friendly local merchants, it’s perfect for your feed! Right in the heart of the city, this market is famous not just for its produce but also for its stunning Portuguese tiles. Open daily from 8 am to 7 pm.

17. Levada do Caldeirão Verde (Caldeirão Verde Hiking Trail)

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No visit to Madeira is complete without hiking the Levada do Caldeirão Verde. Located on the island’s northwest coast, this moderately challenging trail offers breathtaking views and leads to the spectacular Caldeirão Verde waterfall, which plunges dramatically into a serene pool of water.

When To Visit Madeira

Madeira offers a range of great times to visit based on your preferred activities. Spring and Autumn are the prime seasons for hiking, with mild temperatures while summer is the best time to enjoy the beach. Madeira, Portugal in winter is one of the warmer destinations and can offer a nice, relaxing escape.

March and April bring a unique possibility of snowfall, adding an extra touch of beauty to the mountainous regions. However, keep in mind that the island experiences its highest rainfall between October and January, so those seeking drier weather should plan their visit accordingly.

Check out my guide to the best time to visit Portugal for more information on weather during every season.

18. São Vicente Chapel

sao vicente chapel

Perched on a hill in São Vicente, the charming Capelinha de Nossa Senhora de Fátima offers a fantastic view of the valley after a short climb. Catch the early morning golden light for magical photos, and don’t forget your drone for some unique aerial shots. It’s easily one of the best photo spots in Madeira!

19. Pico Ruivo

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The highest peak of Madeira is another great photo spot with amazing views over the surrounding mountain range. Pico Ruivo has a a few different viewpoints that each off their own perspectives of the fluffy, low-hanging clouds. To reach the summit, you can choose between four different hiking trails. The easiest is Achada do Teixeira which only takes about 30 minutes and is probably best for anyone who plans to bring a tripod or other gear.

20. Véu da Noiva Viewpoint and Waterfall

Véu da Noiva

When you visit Madeira, the Véu da Noiva Waterfall Viewpoint near Seixal is a must-see. One of the most famous viewpoints, it offers an incredible look at the stunning 100-meter Véu da Noiva Waterfall, which resembles a bridal veil as it flows down the cliff.

21. Seixal Natural Pools

seixal natural pool

Seixal Natural Pools are a hidden gem compared to the busier Porto Moniz Pools. These serene tidal pools are perfect for a peaceful swim in crystal-clear water, and they’re fantastic for sunrise photos, creating stunning reflections. It’s an ideal spot to connect with nature and capture unique moments without the crowds.

22. Cascata do Risco (Risco Waterfall)

Cascata Do Risco

At over 100 meters tall, Cascata do Risco is not just one cascading drop, but a collection of cascading streams that tumble down a moss-covered cliff, creating a mesmerizing display of natural power and beauty. The perfect spot for nature lovers, you can find the falls along the PR 6.1 Levada do Risco trail.

23. Miradouro das Neves São Gonçalo

Another stunning viewpoint, Miradouro das Neves São Gonçalo offers an unbeatable 360-degree view of Funchal, just a short drive from the city center. You can get there in about 10 minutes by car or 30 minutes using public transport from the “Téléférico Termino” stop.

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Sydney is a solo travel expert who’s extensively explored Spain, Portugal, Morocco, California, and more! She creates travel guides and itineraries to share everything she's learned about the Iberian peninsula through personal experience and exploration.

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