The British have been regular visitors to Madeira for over 300 years, in particular last century, when wealthy Victorians chose the island of Madeira as their favourite retreat to avoid cold, damp winters. They fell in love with the warmth, natural beauty and the Madeiran people – not much has changed since.
The isolated island, 400 miles from the Moroccan coast and just 35 miles long and 14 miles wide, is made up of jagged volcanic mountains soaring above the clouds to 6000 feet. Much of Madeira is covered in forest and is protected as national parkland. Once the important stepping stone for the New World trade routes many examples of exotic plants exist and today English Roses grow alongside Asian Orchids. Hydrangeas, bougainvillaea, magnolias and azaleas bloom effortlessly in the warm gulf-stream climate and the magnificent parks and gardens are a joy to explore.
The high quality accommodation - Madeira hotels and manor houses, Madeiran service and hospitality, along with the islands natural beauty, combine to make Madeira the ideal choice for holidays for couples and families alike.
The man-made irrigation channels or “Levadas” running down the mountain hillsides have been utilised to create a complex system of mountain walks. These walks are either guided or can be tackled independently and are graded as to their degree of length and difficulty. Each of the hotels have detailed information of these walks.
Funchal, the capital city of Madeira, lies on the south coast. It is less than 20 kilometres west of the International Airport. By car it take just 30 minutes to drive from the airport to the center of Funchal.
Funchal is the financial hub of Madeira. It is also a busy working city. However, the atmosphere is still relaxed. It makes an excellent holiday destination as it is a superb base to explore the rest of the island. The city of Funchal remains one of the safest tourist holiday destinations in Europe.
There are two Championship Golf Courses that play host to the PGA Madeiran Open each spring. Palheiro Golf Club is an 18 hole course sitting high above Funchal amongst undulating forest adjacent to the famous Palheiro Gardens. More centrally located is Santo de Serra, which has 27 holes and sits high up on a plateau with spectacular sea and mountain views making it one of the most picturesque courses in Europe. Golf can either be pre-booked or arranged locally and special green-fee discounts are available at each of our listed Madeira hotels.
Furter information about Madeira and Porto Santo can be found via the excellent Madeira Tourist Office website www.visitmadeira.pt
Madeira Island is the perfect holiday destination for everybody!