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THE places for the most beautiful sunrises & sunsets in Madeira

What better way to start the day than with a sunrise? And how does the perfect crowning of an eventful day look like? With a sunset that you have never seen before. Whether with the sound of the sea or over a sea of clouds - Madeira has everything to offer. We show you THE spots for the most unforgettable sunrises and sunsets on the island.


Pico Arieiro

On Pico Arieiro (1818 m above sea level), only 45 minutes drive from Funchal, you can admire a sunrise above the clouds with a simultaneous view of the sea, which is an unforgettable experience. There are not many places in the world where you can get to the top of the mountain so easily by car after waking up to experience this natural spectacle. So don't miss this sunrise - it's absolutely worth it, we promise!

Miradouro do Guindaste, Faial

The location of this viewing platform, or rather the paths to the steep slopes right next to it, are perfectly situated for a sunrise accompanied by the sound of the sea. Jutting out into the sea, it offers a phenomenal panoramic view of the sea and the north coast of the island - from Faial to Ponta de São Lourenço. The road ends right next to the lookout point, so you will have an unforgettable view from here.

Ponta de São Lourenço

Also known as the "eastern tip", is the easternmost section of the island and guarantees a breathtaking sunrise, in the middle of nature. This part of the island offers incredible views of the north and south coasts of the island, steep cliffs and unique rock formations.


Pico Arieiro/Pico Ruivo

Not only the sunrise is an absolute highlight on Pico Arieiro, but also the sunset. The third highest and the highest mountain of Madeira captivate with their unique view of the island, the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean and often a sea of clouds. This combination with the easy accessibility of these viewpoints make them THE highlights on the island. Don't miss this natural spectacle!

Boat tour

Everybody knows it - a boat tour always leaves you in awe. Feel the power of the sea, see the island from a different point of view, swim in the Atlantic Ocean and with luck see dolphins or whales. THAT in itself is an absolute experience. How about combining this experience with a sunset? The impressions when the sun slowly disappears behind the cliffs and in the sea are not to be forgotten. Different providers offer public or private tours. We can recommend "Madeira Sea Emotions", which has its boats in Canical or at the eastern tip, Ponta de São Lourenço. Marvel, experience, swim - and all that with the setting sun. What can be more beautiful?

Ponta do Pargo

At the westernmost tip of the island, you're as close to the sunset as you can get. What makes this place so special and magical is the white and red lighthouse, which is the highest signal light in Portugal. Bring a blanket and a small picnic - the lighthouse, the solitude, the ocean and the 300 m deep cliffs invite you to stay and make this moment unique. From Funchal it is about an hour drive, but it is definitely worth it. A little tip: check the webcams beforehand.


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