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The islands of the Madeira archipelago have received several awards over the years, both nationally and internationally, which places the archipelago at the top of world tourist destinations. The awards received are a testimony of the exceptional nature of the islands.



  • World’s Best Island Destination
    World Travel Awards™ 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • Top 10 of the Best Islands in the World
    TripAdvisor, Travellers’ Choice™ 2015. Thousands of tourists from around the world voted for these islands, being the 6th most voted place.
  • Europe’s Best Island Destination
    World Travel Awards™ 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • Best Destinations in Europe
    Tripadvisor, Travellers’ Choice™. In 2016, Funchal ranked sixth among the best European cities.
  • City of the Year
    Civitas Awards 2013. Award given to the city of Funchal for promoting sus-tainable mobility.
  • Biosphere Reserve
    UNESCO 2011. Recognition given to the municipality of Santana, for the richness of its ecosystem, efforts to conserve biodiversity and its sustainable use.
  • 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal
    7 Maravilhas® 2010, given to the Laurissilva Forest in the category “Forests and jungles”.
  • Quality Excellence
    by the World Centre of Excellence for Destinations (CED), tutored by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), between 2009 and 2014, in the cate-gories Mountain and Landscape, Diving, Accommodation, Culture and Herit-age, Security and Shopping.
  • World’s Largest Fireworks Show
    Guinness World Records™ 2006/2007, due to the fireworks that marked the New Year in Madeira.
  • World Natural Heritage of Humanity
    UNESCO 1999, given to the Laurissilva indigenous forest, one of the greatest natural attractions of Madeira Island.

Porto Santo

  • 7 Wonders – Portuguese Beaches
    7 Maravilhas® 2012, in the category “Dune Beaches”.

Desertas Island

  • Desertas Islands Nature Reserve
    European Diploma for Protected Areas 1995, for the exceptional works of re-covery and protection of the environment done on Desertas Islands.