The subtropical Madeira Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean, 500 miles south west of the Algarve and 280 miles from the west African coast. Madeira is known as the Pearl of the Atlantic for its year-round flowers and is Europe’s most revisited island resort destination. The island measures 35 by 14 miles and has many high mountains and a beautiful coastline
An amazing 60% of Madeira is a unique nature reserve with UNESCO World Heritage status. With a lush subtropical feel and many dramatic mountain and levada walks, nature is all around. The island has a unique flora and abundant flowers earning a deserved reputation as a gardener’s paradise
Madeira was discovered by the Portuguese in 1420. The first settlement was made soon after and the island was named Madeira in 1433. Madeira, due to its quite exceptional year-round subtropical temperatures, was ideal for growing sugar cane and the island made a fortune in the then 'white gold', which was later to be replaced by the sophisticated Madeira Wine industry. Today, Madeira with its Portuguese influence and friendly people is a growing destination for those searching for a quiet and safe escape in the sun, to either call home or to have as a year-round island getaway.
Madeira is an ever charming all year island, where average temperatures tend to be a constant 20 to 25 degrees year-round, making it a leading destination for Winter sun. The island is served by direct European flights all year round from many airports. The cosmopolitan capital of Funchal is graced with a vast number of diverse restaurants, coffee bars and modern shopping centres and unlike many destinations, the vast array of restaurants are open all year round, ensuring an excellent lifestyle.