The floating garden of the Atlantic and Winston Churchill’s favourite holiday destination, Madeira is located in the Atlantic Ocean almost 250 miles north of Tenerife. With a beautiful background and a tranquil ambiance, Madeira offers numerous opportunities for sightseeing and discovery.
With two-thirds of the island classified as a nature reserve consisting of a dramatic hilly landscape and a wealth of flora and fauna, Madeira is a perfect island paradise for those who love to explore the outdoors. The island is renowned for its hiking opportunities; boasting a wealth of forests, valleys and rivers, or why not stroll along one of the Levadas, admiring the fantastic scenery which surrounds the island’s small water canals. If you are looking for something even more exhilarating, why not try canyoning in the mountains or paragliding over the island.
Although easy to spend the whole time exploring the botanic beauty of Madeira, be sure to tear yourself away and spend a little time in the island’s capital Funchal. Homemade couscous, fresh seafood and tropical fruits are only some of the fantastic local produce on offer here. You can also take a cable car ride from the Old Town up into the hills to the Botanical Gardens or to the picturesque village of Monte. After being rewarded with stunning panoramic views, return downhill in the Monte Toboggan – a sort of wooden sleigh steered by two attendants as something a little fun and unusual during your stay.
Make use of Madeira’s island setting and coastline which offers activities with fantastic conditions for sailing, scuba diving and whale and dolphin watching. Alternatively make a day trip to the neighbouring island of Porto Santo, seen as one of Portugal’s best beaches, characterised by turquoise-blue warm waters and six miles of golden sandy beaches.