The islands of Madeira and Porto Santo are recognized nationally and internationally as a very special place to spend a memorable vacation. Its tourist potential and qualities are reinforced by renowned awards attributed to Madeira over the years.

Awards 1992 -2022

Madeira and Porto Santo Islands have received several awards over the years, both nationally and internationally, a testimony of the islands excellence ranked in the top of world tourist destinations. 

Madeira voted the Best Island Destination in the World

Madeira was elected "World's Leading Island Destination" in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 by the World Travel Awards.
In 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 won the "Europe’s Leading Island Destination" award, having competed in this category alongside major tourist destinations such as the Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, Sardinia, Malta, Cyprus, among others.

Madeira is ... World Heritage

The spectacular landscape boasts one of the biggest tourist attractions of Madeira. Its lush vegetation hides the fascinating indigenous laurel forest, recognized by UNESCO in 1999 as Natural Heritage of Humanity.


Funchal in TripAdvisor’s Top 10

The largest travel website in the world, TripAdvisor, has singled out Funchal as one of the best cities in Europe, putting it in 6th place in the top 10 “Top destinations on the rise - Europe” in the Travellers’ Choice™ 2015 category.

World Biosphere Reserves- Madeira and Porto Santo

The municipality of Santana, located on the northern side of the island of Madeira, was honoured by UNESCO in June 2011 with the distinction of “Biosphere Reserve”, recognizing the richness of an ecosystem where the conservation of biodiversity and its sustainable use are brought together.



Desertas Islands: European Protected Area

A Natural Reserve since 1995, in early September the Desertas islands received the European Certificate of Protected Areas from the Council of Europe, an award that attests to the recovery and protection work in the area over the past few decades.  
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