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10 Secret & Beautiful Places to Get Married on Madeira Island

19 Oct 2022 | Wedding Tips, Why Madeira

In Madeira, you have so beautiful places to get married, there is always something to discover. Here you can mix your holidays with your special day. Here you have the opportunity to discover the most beautiful places to present your ceremony and party to your family and friends. We are constantly surprised by flavours and sensations, by the joy and simplicity of people, who make us vibrate with their authenticity. The desire to receive, always being ready to help celebrate life…the festivals, cultural events, gastronomy – conviviality reigns throughout the year.

Breathe quality of life…

In a short space of time, we can be on one of the highest peaks on the island, and soon after, take a dip in the sea, always accompanied by absolutely incredible natural landscapes. The lifestyle can be urban, with concerts, cinemas, theatre, restaurants, bars and nightlife, or full of tranquillity in the countryside – all of this less than an hour away by car.

The subtropical climate allows for various outdoor activities: mountain biking, canyoning, boat trips, paragliding, golf, trail running, and diving… practically every day of the year.

“Island of Eternal Spring”, “Best Island in the World”, “Tropical Portugal” … there are so many attributes that Madeira receives, as it offers unique moments that leave any visitor with a full heart.

Funchal, the capital of the Madeira archipelago, is the most urban point of these islands. It is full of history, culture and entertainment and is also the largest tourist centre in the region. It is a charming city, shaped like an amphitheatre, which opens onto a beautiful bay, where the marina and the port meet.

It’s easy to fall in love with these islands…

10 Secret and Beautiful Places to get married on Madeira Island

Have a look at our list of 10 Beautiful places to get Married on the island of Madeira:

1 – Fajã dos Padres

A unique refuge, with incredible access via a spectacular cable car, a deserted beach, a myriad of exotic fruits and vegetables to try, and a story to unravel.

A cosy, isolated and autonomous refuge, surrounded by nature.

To contemplate, reflect, and restore energies. And then gain inspiration and motivation.

It is about 300 meters, lived in 2 and a half minutes of descending journey, following the slope of the huge cliff to Fajã dos Padres. The journey seems too short to encompass all the surrounding beauty: the south coast of Madeira Island to Ponta do Sol, the small bay and fertile land of Fajã that is approaching, and the sea, as far as the eye can see.

Access to the Fajã dos Padres cable car is 28.5 km from the airport, about 10 km from Funchal, and less than 6 km from Ribeira Brava.

The rehabilitation of the old buildings in Fajã dos Padres is the result of the dream and work of two generations.

Among what remained of the small houses, some former settlers’ residences, others that served as haystacks, and yet another, which served as a warehouse for fishing material, nine tourist houses were reborn, one by one. The houses were simple but comfortable, and we think that today they honour the memory of the place and of those who lived here for several centuries.

Today, these houses allow an immersion in the unique environment that Fajã dos Padres offers:

Spectacular, due to the presence of the huge slope to the north.

Rural and agricultural, due to the profusion of vineyards and fruit trees around; Relaxing, because the sea and the sounds of nature are always present. It is an appeal to the senses, what we offer our guests.
We challenge you to make that discovery!

2 – Casa do Sardinha (Ponda de S. Lourenço)

Ponta de São Lourenço is the easternmost point of Madeira Island, occupying nine kilometres in length, in the form of a peninsula, at the end of which are the islet of Desembarcadouro (islet of Metade or Cevada) and the islet of Farol.

In this area, the Baía d’Abra is of particular importance in terms of landscape, which, due to its configuration and large extension, provides excellent mooring conditions. To the west, after the Quinta do Lorde marina, is the picturesque Prainha – a small beach with dark sand. Overlooking this is the Morro da Piedade, a volcanic cone, where a chapel alluding to Nossa Senhora da Piedade was erected in the 16th century. North of Prainha, the Piedade Dunes are prominent. This dune building holds 300,000-year-old fossils from the Quaternary, constituting unique records in Europe. Fossilized roots can be found here, which indicate the ancestral existence of a much more abundant and larger vegetation than that which now characterizes the area.

3 – Centro de Artes – Casa das Mudas (Calheta)

The view from the Casa das Mudas Arts Center is of the sublime Ocean. From the top, you can also see the centre of the village of Calheta and its artificial sand beach. With the weather in your favour, the terrace inspires moments of relaxation. Here, the work of the architect Paulo David can be seen in full harmony with the natural landscape, a feat that earned him a nomination, for the 2005 edition, of the European prize for contemporary architecture Mies van der Rohe.

Internationally awarded, this building is the stage for exhibitions, musical shows, plays and conferences. The ‘Casa das Mudas’ has 200 seats, an auditorium, a library, a shop, a cafeteria, a restaurant and a wide area of cultural entertainment for ateliers and artistic workshops and a covered car park.

4 – Sunset Wedding – Catamaran

Catamaran tours offer stunning views over the south coast of Madeira, passing by several small cliffs between Funchal and Fajã dos Padres. During a half-day trip or a sunset, there is the possibility of seeing dolphins, whales, turtles, and some birds, or diving in the crystal-clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, in front of the majestic cliff of Cabo Girão, the highest promontory in Europe. and second highest in the world. On the way back to Funchal, we pass by the seafront of Câmara de Lobos, the most popular fishing town in Madeira.

5 – Fanal

Fanal is another beautiful place to get married on Madeira Island. It is located in an area of forest cover originating in Madeira, in an exuberant state of conservation and development, Laurissilva forest classified as a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO, since December 1999 and is part of the European Network of Sites of Community Importance – Natura 2000 Network.

In the area known as the Fio site, you will be able to appreciate the ingenious work of installing cables to transport firewood and brushwood collected in the Fanal area, for the agricultural activity of the inhabitants of Chão da Ribeira and Seixal.

Take advantage of the magnificent area of Fanal, a small volcanic caldera, classified as a “Reserve of Rest and Silence” by the Madeira Natural Park, to enjoy a moment of pure relaxation. Here, its beauty lies not only in the imposing and century-old forests but also in the spectacular landscapes visible from the viewpoints.

6 – Farol da Ponta do Pargo

Located on top of a rock, at an elevation of 312 meters from the sea, the Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse has been in existence since 1922.

Inside the museum nucleus of the Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse, there are several pieces related to Madeira’s lighthouses, from photographs to documentation.

The importance of this lighthouse is considerable for navigation.

In addition to being useful, this lighthouse is also the stage for a breathtaking sunset. It provides a fantastic view, which is why it is often sought after for leisure time.

7 – Miradouro da Eira do Serrado

If you want to visit the iconic valley of “Curral das Freiras”, this viewpoint is a good observation point. It is located at an altitude of about 1000 meters and offers panoramic views of this historic and welcoming village. Marvel at green landscapes, covered by terracotta-roofed houses and circular roads, which wind through farmhouses and plantations. It has a bar and parking.

It’s really one of the most beautiful places to get married while on Madeira Island.

8 – Porto Moniz (Piscinas)

The Natural Pools are pools formed by volcanic lava where the sea naturally enters bringing crystal clear water and are the great “ex-libris” of the village of Porto Moniz.

A natural pool’s purification process occurs through plants that help to oxygenate and eliminate microorganisms such as mosquito larvae.

The pools are usually formed naturally on beaches and waterfalls, the water is truly fabulous, with a fantastic temperature, neither too cold nor too hot.

The natural saltwater pools are composed of volcanic rocks where the sea naturally enters, the space which has an area of ​​3,800 m2 also has a children’s pool, playground and access for the disabled.

The beach also has a car park, changing rooms and changing rooms with lockers to store personal belongings, a snack bar that opens in the summer season, first aid, sun loungers and parasols for hire.

The town is located at the northwest end of the island of Madeira where visitors can swim by the sea with the waves breaking, a place to relax and enjoy the sea and is less than 1-hour drive from Funchal.

In the natural pools complex, it is possible to swim safely and comfortably, but there is still another area of ​​natural pools (old) with free access to crystal clear waters.

Instead of the snack bar with sun loungers and parasols for rent, a large number of swimming pools close to the sea create a beautiful landscape, the water temperature is pleasant and of high quality, it is good to go to the beach on the summer.

A beautiful place that is worth knowing, the view and the colour of the water are clear and pure, and visitors can spend hours enjoying the waves, when the natural pools are flooded with water at high tide, and they get smaller at low tide for space on the rocks to spread out towels and even have picnics.

The space is very well used, whether in summer or winter, diving here is almost mandatory, it has pools on 2 opposite sides and a great choice of restaurants, you can take a good walk along the waterfront.

It is possible to swim in the natural pools and also have access to the open sea and observe the beauty of the place the infrastructure set up offers an adequate sea bath on this island where sandy beaches are very difficult to find.

Its pools in volcanic rocks linked together by cemented walkways promote beautiful views between the rocks and rocks worn by the erosion of the sea that hit them causing beautiful effects and a characteristic white foam.

These pools are already the image of Porto Moniz, bringing many visitors to the region, and you can also opt for the covered pool in the centre of the village on bad days.

9 – Praia do Seixal

Even today, one of the many charms of Seixal is its peacefulness, combined with the beauty of a landscape painted by the green of the mountains and the crystal blue of the sea.

This is the beautiful landscape of one of the most popular beaches in this parish, Praia do Porto do Seixal, a natural black sand beach located next to the port of Seixal. With a fantastic view of the green escarpments and mountains of the north of the island.

Another great option for swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the natural volcanic pools is called ‘Poças das Lesmas’, a quiet and protected place that has a bar, as well as toilets and showers.

Nearby, you will find a beach with a suggestive name for an alternative on the north coast of the island. The Laje bathing complex, also known as “Jamaica Beach,” is hidden between rocks and has a unique beauty. The name Jamaica beach came from the planting of palm trees on the promenade that leads to the sea. This space covered in black sand is distinguished not only by its crystal-clear waters but also by the tranquillity it conveys.

10 – Miradouro dos Balcões

From this viewpoint, you can see the highest peaks of the island (Pico Ruivo or Pico do Arieiro), especially when the sky is clear. Walk along the balcony path and walk along the Levada da Serra do Faial. Let yourself be enchanted by the chirping of the endemic birds that hop in the trees of this forest, just like the chaffinch. When you reach the end of the path, you will find a huge balcony, where you can have a wonderful view over the Faial valley.
Best 10 places to hold a dream wedding in Madeira

We presented our best 10 places to hold a dream wedding in Madeira.

Our suggestions for beautiful places to get married on Madeira Island are dedicated to adventurous couples, who like daring and unique settings, where they can add a little bit of passion to their special day.

You can hold this event as a couple, but the ideal would be to invite your family and friends to enjoy this little adventure with you.

Planning a wedding involves availability and knowing what you want for a unique day in your life.

We help you throughout the process, from choosing the best suggestions, always suited to your wishes and your dream of getting married in Madeira Island.

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