Madeira - A Stunning Region of Portugal
Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal made up of two populated islands and two groups of unpopulated islands.
As one of the most popular regions in Portugal, Madeira attracts a wide variety of tourists to its shores including couples, families and groups of young travellers.
Madeira is ideal for anyone looking to enjoy a relaxing holiday in the sun, thanks to the year-round warm climate.
Some of the most popular resorts include Funchal, the largest city, Santa Cruz and the town of Calheta.
Whether you want an exciting city break or a relaxing beach escape there is something for everyone.
Madeira’s main attraction is the diverse landscape that the region offers; visitors can enjoy strolling along a beach one day and climbing through the mountainous areas on another. With such a variety of activities and attractions on offer it is no surprise that so many tourists make the short flight from Europe to the region. Accommodation in the area is varied with everything from self catered apartments to 5* hotels available to choose from. Madeira hotels range from budget to luxury with something to suit all holiday tastes.
A holiday to Madeira is perfect for anyone looking to explore one of the most beautiful areas in Portugal. The islands all have their own distinct character with plenty of culture and history to discover. With fantastic Madeira holiday deals available right now, book your break to this fantastic region now and start experiencing the Madeira lifestyle for yourself.
Madeira - Activities and Attractions
As Madeira is such a large, varied region there is so much to see and do during a holiday in Madeira. Many of the main attractions are centred on the many marine parks and ocean landmarks that Madeira offers. The Lavadas are an impressive system of aquaducts that were built to bring water from the mountains to the fields; tourists often flock to the area to observe the intricate systems. Madeira is also home to one of the world’s highest ocean cliffs, at 590m tall the cliff is definitely a must see spot for anyone not afraid of heights. Nature lovers will appreciate taking a stroll around the Funchal Botanical Gardens, the many different colours and species create spectacular surroundings ideal for enjoying an afternoon in Madeira.
There are several other gardens around the region including the idyllic Orchid Garden. If you are looking to learn more about the history and culture of the region, take a trip to the Madeira Story Centre which offers a selection of artefacts and artworks depicting the development of the area. If you are lucky enough to arrive in Madeira for the New Year celebrations make sure you experience the fantastic firework display that takes place on the tip of the marina in Funchal. In 2007 the fireworks were officially recorded as being the biggest in the world by the Guinness World Records. Madeira holidays are ideal for anyone looking to enjoy an active break with plenty of water sports and hiking opportunities to take advantage of.
Madeira - Nightlife and Fantastic Cuisine
Madeira holidays are perfect for lovers of tasty cuisine with plenty of traditional Portuguese restaurants and cafes to experience during your stay. Portugal is famed for its fresh food, with many dishes and delicacies that showcase the country’s many culinary influences. Shell fish is a popular choice along with ‘espetada’ a national delicacy. During a holiday in Madeira there are many restaurants serving international cuisine, guests can enjoy everything from Italian to typical fast food dishes during their stay.
The nightlife in the Madeira area is varied with something to suit all tastes. Whether you want to enjoy a quiet night in a beach front bar or head to one of the larger nightclubs you have plenty of options available. Madeira is famous for its delicious Madeira Wine, used in both cooking and drinking. There are several types of the wine which are available in almost all bars and restaurants. Public transport in Madeira is frequent and reliable with plenty of buses, trains and taxis available to take you around the area. Car hire is recommended for anyone looking to explore more of the area, ideal for travelling to some of the smaller villages during a Madeira holiday.
Madeira - Weather and Climate
The climate in Madeira is typical of any Mediterranean area with long, dry summers and mild yet sunny winters. Temperatures tend to vary throughout the region with mountainous areas seeing more wind and lower temperatures than the busy coastal towns. During the summer the temperatures tend to reach the high thirties, in July and August visitors to the region can enjoy an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day which drops to around 5 hours during the winter. The area is ideal for those looking to sunbathe and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, the water sport conditions are perfect for anyone looking to take advantage of the facilities.