A flower filled tranquil paradise
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.
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.