A green oasis in the Atlantic next to Marocco, the island of Madeira is blessed with a subtropical climate and boasts lush vegetation, natural swimming pools and ancient forests. The neighboring island of Porto Santo, a short boat ride away, with its long sandy beaches is part of the same archipelago.
Madeira’s agriculture, on volcanic soil, has been heavily influenced by Portugal’s African colonies. The delicious gastronomy includes fresh fish and kebabs (espetadas), typical bread as well as a variety of locally grown tropical fruit, a typical punch and sweet Madeira wine.
The main places to visit are Funchal, the capital of the Madeira Island chain, a cosmopolitan and full of history, culture and entertainment city - Its name comes from "funcho", a wild herb once abundant at the time of its first settlement -, Caniço, Pico do Areeiro - 1,818 metres above sea level -, the east coast (Santa Cruz and Machico), the west coast (Câmara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol and Calheta), the north coast (Porto Moniz; São Vicente and Santana) and Porto Santo.
Delight yourself with the countless views, on an island of such outstanding natural beauty. Although it is small, Madeira is rich in majestic scenery and rare beauty.
Go and explore the charms and delights of this floating garden!