As you’ll see, Madeira’s reputation as the “Garden Island” is well-founded. It’s swathed in lush greenery and bears all manner of tropical fruits. The region is famous for its delicious Madeira wine.
For a thrilling overview, take the cable car to Monte and survey the rooftops and scenery from its palace and gardens. For the return, travel by wicker toboggan, steered expertly by two “gondoliers.”