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Home of great cake and great wine... the island of Madeira is a stunning sub-tropical gem off the coast of Portugal. If you want beautiful scenery, great walks and fantastic weather then this is the place for you! Holidays in Madeira are for those who like country walks, beautiful scenery, flora and fauna, and charming villages. There are things to do for everyone, from tame village teas to wild water sports. Hikers will love the network of trails that take you through spectacular volcanic landscapes and offer jaw dropping views from the top.
Great for couples holidays, or families who want to get away from the commercial resorts on Portugal's mainland. Madeira is a popular year-round resort, receiving about one million tourists annually... so why haven't you been yet?
Madeira's capital, Funchal plays host to some spectacular parks. The Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro Park is a fantastic British old colonial style park, with a twist... full of tropical plants there is a new surprise around every corner. Split into several gardens, there is also a tea house and a golf course... ensuring everyone is catered for.
Or if you have a head for heights... why not try the getting the Funchal Cable Car where you can get great views of the city from above in a gondola. You can visit the Monte Palace gardens and the church at Monte & there's another cable car which goes down to the Botanical Gardens meaning you can make a day of it! Funchal also has markets well worth a look, especially if you are on a self-catering holiday as you can get great local produce here!
This pretty village is situated in a perfect area for walkers who are keen to explore the countryside. High up in the hills with stunning views out to sea... It has cobbled streets, tiny local stores and a lovely selection of bars and restaurants. From Canico, a road snakes downhill to Canico da Baixo, known as one of the island's best scuba diving spots! If you're looking for summer holidays to a land of tranquillity, make a holiday in Canico top of your list.
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Madeira Fact file Flying time from UK: 3.5 hours Currency: Euro Average Tempeurerat: During the winter 5Cº and during the summer 28Cº Sunny Days a Year: +150 days. Top tip: Visit Madeira for their spectacular New Year celebrations that feature the largest fireworks show in the world, (officially recognised by the Guinness World Records, in 2006.)