Steep cliff of the coast of Madeira

Madeira - Best Places to Photograph

24 March 2019, by Oana Badiu

Madeira is a group of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, off the cost of Africa that belongs to Portugal. With its lush vegetation, high mountain peaks and great cliffs pointing towards the ocean, Madeira is an awesome place for landscape photography. Here are the best places to photograph in Madeira!

Landscape photography at Ribeira da Janela, Madeira

1. Ponta de São Lourenço

Ponta de São Lourenço is my favorite photography spot in Madeira and probably it's the most famous spot for photographers. The steep cliffs here provide the best location for landscape photography, especially at sunrise. The sun rises from behind one of the hills and the hills turn golden. It's not such a popular place for people at that time, so you get to enjoy the lovely sunrise in peace.

Ponta de São Lourenço before sunrise, Madeira

One of the most incredible views is at Ponto de Vista, where there are some really impressive cliffs and the waves are smashing into the rocks.

Ponto de Vista, Ponta de São Lourenço, Madeira

I actually spent a couple of hours before sunrise in Ponta de São Lourenço, taking photographs of the mountains that look like they are on fire during the night time. I spent most of the time at Ponto de Vista, listening to the waves and experimenting with my camera. At first it's a bit scary, but after a while you get used to it.

Ponta de São Lourenço at night, Madeira

Just before sunrise I managed to take a few photographs of the milky way.

Milky Way over Ponta de São Lourenço, Madeira

Afterwards I climbed a bit higher on the cliffs and got some pictures of the sun rising from the hills.

Sunrise over Ponta de São Lourenço, Madeira

At sunset you can also get a lovely picture of the Madeira island.

View from Ponta de São Lourenço towards the main island, Madeira

2. Ribeira da Janela

This spot is not very popular for tourists and it's a really great photography place! Best to go at sunset to get a nice purple hue of the clouds and rocks. You will be taking pictures of Ilheus da Rib, which is a very tall rock just a bit off the coast.

Ribeira da Janela landscape photography, Madeira

Ribeira da Janela landscape photography at sunset, Madeira

3. Pico do Arieiro

Madeira has some really impressive mountain peaks and Pico do Arieiro is the most famous one. You can drive quite close to the peak and, if you want, also take a short hike.

Pico do Arieiro, Madeira

4. Pico Ruivo

Pico Ruivo is also one of the famous mountain peaks of Madeira, but it requires a bit of effort to get to it. What probably impressed me the most about Madeira is that they have really well maintained paths to get to the famous peaks and this is one of them.

You will be driving quite a lot through the clouds to get to the parking place where the trail starts and, even though you don't see much ahead, you can admire the lush vegetation of Madeira.

Path that leads to Pico Ruivo, Madeira

To reach Pico Ruivo you'll need to walk through the clouds and the vegetation on this trail looks very strange. There are lots of bare tree trunks hanging around and the soil has an orange hue. At times it looks like a different world.

Tree on Pico Ruivo hiking trail, Madeira

Trail that leads to Pico Ruivo, Madeira

Once you reach Pico Ruivo you'll get to admire a spectacular view above the clouds, with peaks rising from the clouds.

View from Pico Ruivo, Madeira

View from Pico Ruivo, Madeira

5. The Natural Pools of Porto Monìz

Porto Monìz is a really nice photography place where you can enjoy the sunset and the waves, with a view towards Ilheu Mole.

View from Porto Monìz, Madeira

On your way to Porto Monìz you'll have good photography opportunities as well, as the road is on the coastline and there are really beautiful mountains and cliffs. One of the best places is Cachoeira São Vicente.

Cachoeira São Vicente, Madeira

6. Cabo Girão, Câmara De Lobos

You can drive very close to Cabo Girão where there is a near vertical drop to the shoreline. You can also admire the city of Funchal from here.

View from Cabo Girão, Câmara De Lobos, Madeira

7. Seixal

On your way to Porto Monìz you can make a quick stop in Seixal. If you enjoy waves, Seixal is a great place to photograph them and have a drink or food in the same time!

Wave smashing into rocks in Seixal, Madeira

There are great photography opportunities all around Madeira and renting a car for a couple of days and driving around is the best way to enjoy the landscape of this great island!

Mountains in Madeira

Steep cliff of the coast of Madeira

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