The tiny island of Madeira measures just 35 miles long and 13.5 miles wide, this autonomous region of Portugal is an archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa, where two thirds are a protected area and where the largest Laurisilva forest in the world is located.
The island has long been a favourite of the British. With its sub-tropical climate offering year-round sunshine and variety of beautiful landscape, the island has it all. Whether an idyllic retreat or a fully active holiday is in your mind, this tiny island can provide everything you need form a few nights stay to a fortnight holiday without getting bored.
Thanks to its geographic location and the unusual terrain island is renowned for its year-round warm climate. A delightful escape from the harsh British winter is only under 3 hours flying distance, and more importantly without having to change the time zone. The summers are also pleasant as temperatures hardly go above 35C.
Madeira gets its name for its native plant, the laurel tree, currently occupying 20% of the island providing an excellent place for active rich holidays. Its capital city Funchal – one of Europe’s most picturesque and cleanest cities is very different from its fennel growing, pirate days of old. It is a modern, cosmopolitan city, well known for its many top-class restaurants, stunning boutique hotels which we have handpicked for you to enjoy while discovering this beautiful island.
The famous flower festival takes place in late April and continues into May, offering a full colour extravaganza for the enthusiast, as the streets are covered with beautiful flower displays. It’s a scene not to be missed.
Another important event in the Madeira’s social calendar is the Wine Festival which takes place in September every year, celebrating the Madeira’s renowned wine, its’ harvest ad wine making.