Madeira is an archipelago of islands in the Atlantic Ocean, two of which, Madeira itself and Porto Santo, are inhabited. Known as the ‘Garden Island’, or ‘the islands of eternal spring’, this self-governing region of Portugal enjoys a year-round mild climate.
Just a short hop from the UK, Madeira holidays are perfect whether you enjoy city breaks, hiking in the mountains or relaxing on the beach, or want a vacation which combines all three things!
From water sports like snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing to golf, nature tours, whale spotting and bird-watching, there are so many activities to enjoy on holidays to gorgeous Madeira.
The eastern part of the island is a nature reserve with spectacular views over the Atlantic and stunning formations of volcanic rock. There are many unusual plant species, and, at Prainha, you can enjoy the island’s only natural black sand beach.
This side of Madeira is also where you’ll find the Sao Vicente a series of lava tubes which remained following an eruption some 400,000 years ago. These volcanic tunnels extend for hundreds of metres, and can be explored during a half-hour tour.
Get back to nature on a levada walk, along one of the many mini-canals created hundreds of years ago to transport water. Today, they offer accessible, well-maintained waterside pathways on the level, providing unrivalled walking for hikers of all abilities. Madeira has some 2500km of levadas, many of them built before the first roads.
In the capital Funchal, visit the impressive cathedral in the older part of town; or ride the cable car to the picturesque village of Monte, high in the mountains above the city. But whatever you do and wherever you go, you’ll love holidaying on this delightful island.
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