'Of all islands, the most beautiful and free
Late deals to Madeira can be enjoyed on the 'floating garden' as Madeira is affectionately known - it is the lush sub-tropical main island of a cluster of islands located off the west coast of Africa. This flower-filled tranquil paradise is a botanist's dream, no better encapsulated than at the island's botanical gardens.
The island's motto translates as 'Of all islands, the most beautiful and free' and it's easy to see why! Madeira holidays are unspoilt and low-key, with dramatic volcanic backdrops providing stunning views for all to behold.
Despite its geographical position, it is a Portuguese-ruled territory, after it was discovered by two of Prince Henry the Navigator's captains when their ship ran aground on the neighbouring island of Porto Santo in the 15th century. Madeira enjoys average temperatures of 26 degrees C in the summer months and a pleasant 17 degrees C during the winter. It's generally seen as an upmarket destination, suiting walkers, hikers and nature lovers, due to its breathtaking scenery and the opportunity to explore the numerous hilly areas and 'levadas' or canals. The upmarket feel continues where Madeira's accommodation is concerned, with most bases being luxurious 4 star hotels or superior serving breakfast, usually with an optional upgrade to also include the evening meal.
Quick Madeira Tips
The currency needed for Madeira holidays is the Euro
For holidays to Madeira you would fly into Funchal Airport (FNC)
The island's capital; Funchal transltates as fennel, for which the island was once famous for growing
World famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo was born on Madeira
Madeira was discovered by Portuguese explorer Henry the Navigator in 1419
Madeira receives around 1 million visitors every year
According to the Guinness World Records, Madeira hosts the biggest fireworks display anywhere in the world, every new years eve
Famous for wine and cake!
Last minute holidays in Madeira are served by its own international airport, with most hotels situated in the capital Funchal, approximately a 45 minute journey away. Here guests can sample the local markets, experience the 'snowless' toboggan run, take a cable car ride up to the picturesque village of Monte or enjoy a night out at the casino. Madeira's culture offers something that little bit different.
Madeira is famous for its wine, its cake and its embroidery, but somewhat lesser known for its New Year's Eve fireworks displays, said to be the largest in the world, according to the 'Guinness book of records'. There are also many buildings of interest including the Se Cathedral and the 17th Century Sao Joao do Pico fortress, making this an island you'll not want to leave! Book late deals to Madeira online here at Latedeals.co.uk.
Top Places To Visit
Visit the islands capital and explore the stunning gardens that Madeira is famous for. Take a trip up to Monte on the cable car, enjoy the breathtaking views then ride the toboggan back down again.
Named so after the nuns who used to hide from pirates here in years gone by, today you can sample the wonderful liqueurs that are produced here.