Top things to do

Madeiran in North Coast

Estrela do Norte

The 'Northern Star' seats 145 at formally laid, tightly packed tables, onto which waitresses plonk the mainstays of Madeiran cuisine such as espada (scabbard fish) with banana, espetada (grilled beef skewers) and ma…
International in North Coast

Quinta do Furão

Stylishly rustic, this excellent hotel-restaurant sets the highest standards on the north coast. Wonderfully imaginative gourmet dishes such as cream of beetroot soup with glazed chestnuts, foie gras infused with Ma…
Museum in North Coast

Centro Ciência Viva

The Madeira branch of a national museum which covers a wide range of scientific topics in an imaginative, hands-on way. Here the focus is on Madeira's Unesco-listed laurisilva forests, their climate, biodiversity an…
Cave in North Coast

Grutas e Centro de Vulcanismo

Top billing on Madeira's north coast goes to this two-for-one attraction just south of São Vicente. The first part of the experience is a guided tour of the local caves – 900,000-year-old lava tubes studied by Engli…
Madeiran in North Coast

Quebra Mar

Located on São Vicente seafront, the town's best restaurant serves up 360-degree views of the coast and seascape (the dining room actually revolves slowly), as well as meat and fish in equal measure, focusing firmly…
Madeiran in North Coast

Cachelote

The recently revamped 'Whale' wins the prize for Madeira's craziest restaurant location, sitting atop the crumbly volcanic rock on Port Moniz seafront, occasionally taking a wave from the furious Atlantic. Inside yo…
Aquarium in North Coast

Aquário da Madeira

Madeira's top aquarium hides away like a hermit crab in a renovated stone fortress. Inside, twelve tanks represent various ocean habitats around Madeira, the biggest of these containing 500,000L of water and big eno…
Church in North Coast

Igreja do Bom Jesus

The fishing village of Ponta Delgada, 30km west of Santana, is worth a brief halt for its authentic remoteness and to visit the baroque Igreja do Bom Jesus. The church houses an 18th-century crucifix which was myste…
Madeiran in North Coast

Ferro Velho

A long-standing pub-restaurant in the cobbled streets of old São Vicente, this is the best place to cradle a Corral in the evenings if you're not driving back to the capital. Bedecked with football scarves and numbe…
Madeiran in North Coast

Cantinho da Serra

Located a five-minute drive from Santana heading towards Achada do Teixeira, this rustic inn creates a cosy atmosphere with its real log fires, hearty traditional Madeiran food and country decor. Meals are served i…