Combine delightful warm weather with amazing scenery, good fresh food and some of the tastiest local wines... Read more
You certainly have a destination that appeals to everyone when you holiday in Madeira.
The island of Madeira can be found with its neighbour, Porto Santo, in the Atlantic Ocean just across from Portugal. Its volcanic origin has left the island with an interesting landscape, with hills, peaks and ridges to explore and a beautiful coastline boasting small, intimate coves and bays as well as lively swimming and sunbathing areas with plenty of activities to keep all the family occupied.
There is no denying that Madeira embraces the great outdoors and the island is probably best known for its walking holidays and general appeal to horticulture lovers. Thanks to the island's subtropical climate, there is plenty of flora and fauna to discover. But Madeira's coastline is stunning too, with towering cliffs and quaint little bays. The coastal road stretches around most of the island and is extremely picturesque, letting you discover the best of Madeira from behind the wheel.
However, as Madeira is not a particularly large island, getting out and about on foot is generally the best idea. If you like your holidays to be action-packed then you're in luck as there are plenty of activities to get involved in. There are very few beaches, as such, but Madeira is great for water sports, including surfing, diving and water skiing. However, not everything has to be high-octane and you can happily spend time indulging in more tranquil pursuits such as golf or fishing.
Once you have experienced the fantastic scenery, head into the capital, Funchal. Discover great shops and stores where you can buy local souvenirs, tempt your taste buds with some Madeira wine and find a variety of accommodation options where you can rest your head.