Located just north of the Canary Islands, Madeira is renowned for both its sub-tropical weather and picturesque landscapes - it is not surprising that its is now one of Europe's most popular travel destinations.
This island is set in a beautiful green landscape, and is often referred as the Garden of the Atlantic - the horizon is dotted with a mix of Mediterranean buildings and periodic architecture reminiscent of Portuguese culture.
The island itself was originally a settlement that first began colonising in the 1400's. Early colonists of the island began cultivating fruit, fish and wheat - for which the island later became known for. Slowly the landscape became dotted with buildings and architecture, and over five centuries of populated culture, Madeira became a thriving tourist destination.
The Madeira we see today is an incredibly popular year-round resort. This is partly due to the fact that the island appeals to a versatile traveller; it combines modern city life with natural beaches, and does not lose sight of its heritage. Madeira boasts a fantastic year round summer climate, and with its beautiful six mile long beach - it is also popular amongst the sun lovers.
Madeira's fantastic climate means that exotic flowers cover the landscape; and the island is not short of parks flourishing with scenery. Madeira truly is a haven of natural beauty, so it is really not surprising why over one-million tourists visit the island every year.
Madeira garden area looking onto a populated area and coast line There is a vast array of activities that tourists embark on during their visits. The beach is a popular hub of activity all year round, with many tourists opting to experience boating and scuba diving. There is plenty of entertainment to be had throughout the winding streets of Madeira - have a wonder through the bustling centre in one of the islands renowned street toboggans; this really is the only way to be immersed in the busy culture of the modern city centre.
At only a three and a ½ hour flight from London, experiencing the Madeira way of life is within everybody's reach. The island offers all the delights of the modern world without losing sight of its incredibly rich heritage - the perfect example of a destination where the old and new sit together harmoniously.
Last updated: 14 March 2014