Madeira Island is a veritable Eden, a verdant oasis in the deep blue Atlantic. From sheer cliffs and rocky beaches to rugged green mountains shrouded in mist, this unique destination boasts a welcoming subtropical climate and an abundance of breathtaking natural beauty.
Discovered in the 15th century, Portuguese settlers cultivated vineyards and banana plantations in the rich volcanic soil. The bustling capital Funchal is located in the sunny south of the island, boasting a wide selection of cultural activities, lush botanical gardens and stunning views.
For an authentic Madeira experience, take a levada walk though the unspoilt landscape of ancient Laurisilvia forests and indigenous flora. Swim in the inviting natural pools around the island and bask in the sun on rocky beaches. Miles of golden sand can be found on neighbouring Porto Santo island.
The wonderful local gastronomy includes fresh fish and espetadas (meat grilled on fragrant laurel skewers) as well as a wide selection of tropical fruit. Savour a honey and lemon infused poncha for a refreshing summertime drink, or enjoy a glass of Madeira wine, which dates back to the Age of Discoveries.
Madeira is an enchanting year-round destination with warm summers and mild winters. Activities on land and sea include hiking and adventure sports as well as whale watching, fishing and sailing. The colourful Flower Festival in spring and the spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks are definite highlights of the events calendar.
Visit our Madeira Web and Madeira Live websites for an in-depth holiday guide to the attractions, events and hotels on Madeira.