Whatever you look for in a holiday, Madeira is the perfect destination, whether it's a romantic break for two or a fun-filled family getaway.
Your choice of activities need not be limited and you can make the most of the spectacular surroundings, such as the walking trails which follow the old irrigation channels that run across the mountains. The mountains themselves offer great vantage points for looking down on the whole island and have a number of secret coves just waiting to be explored. Holidays here are the perfect opportunity to discover the hidden treasures of this beautiful island.
Beaches might not be Madeira's main draw as a large proportion of them are pebbly and the sand you might find is of the black volcanic variety. But if you want to lounge on a more traditional beach then you can hop on the ferry over to nearby Porto Santo, which boasts 9km of golden, sandy coastline. If you just want to swim, then most of the hotels in Funchal have their own pools and there are a number of other resorts which welcome tourists at Santa Cruz, Canico, Garajau, Machico and Canical. These destinations all have their own appeal, such as the National Marine Park at Garajau, the annual 'festa' in Canical which sees the water teeming with brightly coloured boats and a fun-filled water park at Santa Cruz with slides and pools for the children and a bar for the adults.
The capital of Madeira, Funchal, is not only home to Funchal Airport (FNC) but is also dotted with old hotels and bakeries where you can enjoy a delicious slice of the cake to which Madeira gives its name. By day, you can shop for hand-crafted lace tablecloths and other souvenirs. For evening entertainment, there are clubs, bars and restaurants and if you are feeling lucky then you can head to the Casino de Madeira.
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