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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.

 

Madeira

  • World’s Best Island Destination
    World Travel Awards™ 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
  • Europe’s Best Island Destination
    World Travel Awards™ 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
  • Safest destination in Europe for Christmas
    European Best Destinations™ 2020.
  • Best Christmas Markets in Europe 2020
    European Best Destinations™ 2020.
  • Popular Culture Award from 7 Wonders of Portugal
    7 Wonders ® 2020. “Bailinho da Madeira” (a typical folk dance) is recognized as one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal Popular Culture.
  • Madeira World´s Best Emerging Golf Destination
    World Golf Awards™ 2019.
  • Five Stars Award
    Five Stars Regions Award 2019. Flower Festival, Madeira Wine, Porto Santo beach, CR7 Museum were recognized as extraordinary by consumers.
  • Europe’s Most underrated short-haul weekender
    The Travel Top 50 Awards from Monocle magazine has recognized Madeira as one of the best weekend travel experiences in 2019 and 2020, especially because our weather, Europe’s short distance, hotels, restaurants and a full cultural agenda with a lot of events and parties.
  • Best Public Stand at BTL
    Lisbon´s Tourism Exhibition & Trade Fair (BTL) 2019.
  • Best Destinations in Europe
    Tripadvisor, Travellers’ Choice™. In 2016, Funchal ranked sixth among the best European cities.
  • 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.
  • 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 categories Mountain and Landscape, Diving, Accommodation, Culture and Heritage, 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

  • Biosphere Reserve
    UNESCO 2020. Recognition given to Porto Santo Island, for the richness of its ecosystem, efforts to conserve biodiversity and its sustainable use.
  • 7 Wonders – Portuguese Beaches
    7 Maravilhas® 2012, in the category “Dune Beaches”.

Desertas Islands

  • 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.

Selvagens Islands

  • Selvagens Islands Nature Reserve - GLORES Award
    Global Ocean Refuge System 2018, for the excellent work of ocean’s protection done on Selvagens Islands.
  • Selvagens Islands Nature Reserve
    European Diploma of the Council of Europe for Protected Areas 1992, for the exceptional works of re-covery and protection of the environment done on Selvagens Islands.